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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:16 pm 
hey guys. i bought my dad the e-510 kit w/ 14-42 and 40-150's. great package and great camera - for the most part.

this thing takes SO long to AF in low light. (anything besides sunlight outside basically!) why didn't olympus integrate a AF lamp like Nikon? There are times his camera will go through 5 sets of strobes before AF lock! usually its 2 or 3 strobes before lock. If i disable flash pop up so it can not use the flash for AF assist focus lock is so much faster! is this just a firmware issue?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:44 pm 
The latest firmware update improved low light focusing, connect the camera in Olympus Master and check for updates...


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:41 pm 
i will give that a try right now!

let you know how it goes - otherwise unfortunately this camera is just not going to work for my dad. he shoots indoors 90% of the time.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:10 pm 
AF indoors is still painfully slow.

i could have 5 shots off w/ my d300 in the time it takes this oly to AF lock once.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 7:21 pm 
mwahlert wrote:
AF indoors is still painfully slow.

i could have 5 shots off w/ my d300 in the time it takes this oly to AF lock once.


I think you can't compare E510 with D300, they are not suppose to be the same maybe not even closed!

which lens are you using with D300?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:12 pm 
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A focus assist lamp would be better, you're right, the stroboscopic effect is not nice. There are e few solutions which will improve things:
- use an external flash;
- use a faster lens (more incoming light, so AF will work better;
- point at areas which have some contrast.

You can also switch off the focus assist. The AF will work a little darker then when the flash kicks in.

Hans


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