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Set and keep focus to infinity with OMD EM5

When I try to potograph a subject in misty conditions with little contrast the autofocus keeps hunting up and down

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Hi mfkcolumbus,

Did you check the firmware version? If it's not v. 1.02, then get it at the Kodak support site and flash that firmware to your camera. If it is 1.02, then you may try to reflash that same firmware. Sometimes this helps strait'n out things.

Hope this helps.

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Hi mfkcolumbus,

Did you check the firmware version? If it's not v. 1.02, then get it at the Kodak support site and flash that firmware to your camera. If it is 1.02, then you may try to reflash that same firmware. Sometimes this helps strait'n out things.

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