Question about Olympus EVOLT E-500 Digital Camera
Regards, my name is Rafael Mercado, I live in Peru, (sorry for my bad english). Recently, I bought (through a friend) an Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera (with two lens kit) in RitzCamera, but the camera has a problem with the autofocus when I use the 40-150mm lens. The camera (or the lens) focus behind the point that it must to focus; whenever I take a photo, I must correct manually the focus in order that some images (not all) work out sharp, but it is a real problem and I need a solution because for me it was a considerable investment to buy the above mentioned camera; I believe that the problem is the lens of 40-150mm, since with the lens of 14-28mm there is no problem. I have written to Olympusamerica and Ritz a few weeks ago and have not obtained any response, I'll be very grateful if you were giving to me some solution, I don´t know if it is a calibration problem, and I want to know if is posibble that I could fix it in any way. I have made tests in different lightning conditions (using natural and studio lights; is not the well known autofocus problem in low light of the E.500). I hope that you can help me. Thank you very much for your attention.
I've changed about 30 Olympus lenses and not once have I had to calibrate anything. Software won't fix it, there isn't any such program and never will be. If you use the Optical viewfinder to get focus it's possible you've put that back together with the teeth missing the guides. Are you sure you replaced that tiny piece of glass (filter) between the lens and the CCD. Is the CCD locked on correctly? What is it you're using as a reference for focus? If it's the LCD and it's OK then the lens etc must be OK and the fault lies after the LCD. It certainly sounds like you missed something unless the second lens is faulty as well. As for not being able to fix a faulty lens it's definitely possible, just bloody time consuming. BMW
Posted on Jul 28, 2006
My camera is working again, but the problem is not completely solved. What I did was to put on the old lens, take out the battery then turn on the camera and finally put on the battery again. And now it works. But the problem with the new lens (Zuiko digital 40-150) continues.
Posted on Jul 13, 2008
SOURCE: e-500 autofocus problem
There is a bar that transfers the movement of the focusing ring to the motor in the back of the lens. If it jumps out of the plastic slot, you will hear the AF motor turn, but it will never focus in either auto or manual mode. You will have to buy a new lens, get the lens repaired (probably more expensive than buying a kit lens), or partially take the lens apart and re-seat the bar.
Here is a link showing how to fix it:
I did it successfully in about an hour with a set of jeweler's Phillips screwdrivers, tweezers and a strong lamp. You MUST be comfortable delecate parts and tiny screws. Then again, you have nothing to lose if you are going to buy a replacement lens.
Posted on Apr 10, 2009
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