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    G1 manual focus operation

    I bought the G1 mainly so that I could use a variety of lenses and generally I am quite happy. I am being driven slightly mad(der) by the inconvenient two button switch to zoom for focussing. With Oly ZD lenses manual focus is a delight to use because the G1 senses the focus ring movement but with anything else I find I am forever pulling up the menu or the ISO change accidentally when I feel for the left arrow/central button sequence.

    I think it would be great if we could have a single button press for manual focus zoom. Personally I would happily see the Film mode (which is a nice feature but not a top level control as it's not something which you change from shot to shot) relegated to a menu item and that button used as a manual focus zoom command button. Failing that anything that gives a single, immediately accesible single press function would do.

    I'd be interested in hearing other views and if there is any concensus perhaps we could lobby Panasonic for a firmware change.

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    Re: G1 manual focus operation

    I'll second that - Film Button = 1 press manual focus assist.

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    Re: G1 manual focus operation

    I can be the third then.
    It has been discussed earlier and also at other places. I wonder how it is done on the new movie version?

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    Re: G1 manual focus operation

    I discovered a "trick" focusing method without using the enlarged manual assist. It came about when I was shooting 35mm 1.2 in dim light and focusing on people.

    The EVF exhibits slight " pixellating ?" when focused on a diagonal line. U can see slight jaggedness on the line when it comes into focus. It was accurate enough at f1.2. I imagine f2, f2.8 would be better

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    Re: G1 manual focus operation

    Quote Originally Posted by fortynine View Post
    I discovered a "trick" focusing method without using the enlarged manual assist. It came about when I was shooting 35mm 1.2 in dim light and focusing on people.

    The EVF exhibits slight " pixellating ?" when focused on a diagonal line. U can see slight jaggedness on the line when it comes into focus. It was accurate enough at f1.2. I imagine f2, f2.8 would be better
    Yes, U are right Fortynine!
    I also using that technique
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    Re: G1 manual focus operation

    Quote Originally Posted by m3photo View Post
    I'll second that - Film Button = 1 press manual focus assist.
    Another vote from me
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