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Re: Olympus 70-300mm lens - how do I use the manual focus ? when I set the lens to to MF I am unable to focus the image

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  • krokbait Feb 20, 2009

    thanks - it worked - too bad Olympus couldnt see fit to provide info for newbies - Cheers
    Francois

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What is the model name of your camera??

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

  • Manoj Rout
    Manoj Rout Feb 20, 2009

    Hi,



    The outer barrel is used by you to zoom the lens to whatever focal
    length you want to shoot your image with. The inner barrel is operated
    by the camera to focus on the subect you've chosen. Depending on how
    far away your subject is, the inner barrel can be at any position, from
    all the way in to almost fully extended.



    Try this, rotate the outer barrel to 300mm, then try focusing on a
    subject approx. 3 to 4 ft away. The inner barrel should be almost fully
    extended. It's best if you try this outside or in good light.

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You not only have to set the lens but, you have to set the camers for manual focus. There is an electrical interlock button for this.

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