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Lens Problem I have a C-8080 and I like it but I'm not sure if it is working 100%. The lens barrel is sloppy from side to side and clunks slightly when moving it quickly. It has been that way since it was new. It has some issues with auto focus as well. It has a hard time focusing on clouds and soft objects at infinity. I called Olympus when I bought the camera and mentioned the sloppy lens barrel and they told me that that is the way there made. It is slow to focus when going from close objects to far away objects. I just would like to know if this is my camera or all C-8080s. Thanks

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The lens play is normal. The focus is not the fastest, which is a shame because the camera powers up instantly! There are techniques to minimize the focus lag if you choose to keep the camera (e.g. hyperfocal; pre-focus w/manual focus lock). Its a great lens, but like every other camera it has its drawbacks. I suggest using it a bit more before you make any final decisions. Good luck and happy shooting!

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Mine was exactly the same. They seem to work fine, just give the camera time to focus. After a while, I tired of the slow pace of the C8080 and sold it, moved on to the Konica Minolta A2 which is a much more responsive camera. I've since pretty much stopped using it too: the Pentax *ist DS DSLR is a near perfect fit for the photography I love to do and works the way I want a camera to.

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