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    E420 Af

    Confirmed my Oly E420 suffers from lousy AF under low light, not talking about shooting in the dark but a moody indoor scene. According to AF confirmation all the pics I took yesterday were in focus, to my surprise after watching the files on my monitor they were far from being focused. In the ones I used flash I had no problem at all, the thing is that using flash, takes out the moody composition I was looking for.

    I know I can use manual focus but I find it difficult, specially with portraits where you want to grab the moment or the perfect timing for a particular expression of the subject. Plus I use glasses which makes it more challenging.

    I know the cam uses the flash as an AF light with several bursts, but I can not find the way to use this feature and avoid the flash firing in the actual pic.

    Any ideas chaps?

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    Re: E420 Af

    I see in your sig that you are using the 14-42mm. I would suggest getting the 14-54mm. It focuses much better in low light. I think faster glass is your answer. There is a world of difference between the kit lens and the 14-54mm. If you ever upgrade bodies make sure you get IS as well. If you are serious about photography, and I think you are. Better glass is what you should shoot for. When you upgrade bodies you will always have the glass. My 14-54mm has been in three different bodies. The E500, E510 and now the E3.
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    Re: E420 Af

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCary
    I see in your sig that you are using the 14-42mm. I would suggest getting the 14-54mm. It focuses much better in low light. I think faster glass is your answer. There is a world of difference between the kit lens and the 14-54mm. If you ever upgrade bodies make sure you get IS as well. If you are serious about photography, and I think you are. Better glass is what you should shoot for. When you upgrade bodies you will always have the glass. My 14-54mm has been in three different bodies. The E500, E510 and now the E3.
    Thanks Greg, yes I have seen that lens and no doubt its far better than the kit lens, and have been very tempted but Ill have to wait for some extra income to afford it.:mad2:
    Now... Im pretty happy with the overall quality of the kit lens, this is my first "disappointment" and I think It would do Ok if manage to AF using the flash aid.

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    Re: E420 Af

    Yes the kits are great lenses. I took some great pictures with mine before upgrading. As far as IQ the 14-54mm is slightly sharper, but just slightly. I would use a kit lens anytime without thinking twice.
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    Re: E420 Af

    Are you sure it's missing focus and not just blurred? Can you post an example?
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