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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 7:40 pm 
As a photography novice who is interested in taking the time to learn more, I bought the Panasonic Lumix GF1 20mm last week off of Amazon. I noticed that when I use manual focus with the 20mm "pancake" lens there is a limited "zoom" which I expected with a fixed focal length lens, but when I depress the shutter button the picture returns to a non-zoom pic; i.e., I manually focus in on a subject such as a head shot of my dog and when I hit the shutter the screen "flips" back to a non zoom shot of the entire dog. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong or is there something wrong with the camera? Auto focus seems to work fine, I was just hoping to have some flexibility in manual focus. :?


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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 8:09 pm 
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I'm assuming it is doing something similar to the E-P1 here, but when you MF it does zoom in so you can see the sharpness and get the focus right. You should compose in zoomed-out view.

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It's normal. Check the index of your manual for "MF Assist" (Manual Focus Assist). In short, compose/frame the shot first, then adjust focus. When you move the focus ring, a portion of the image will be magnified (either 5X or 10X) so that it's easier for you to focus precisely.

Note that the portion of the image that's magnified can be moved around the frame (in case the thing you want to focus on is off center). And that the image should return to normal magnification after, I think, 10 seconds (which is too long IMO, which brings me to...). Also note that there's an option to turn off MF Assist under, I think, the Custom Menu.

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 12:20 am 
Thanks! Makes all the sense in the world now that I better understand the MF.


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