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    EP1 simple question...

    I am about to get the camera...
    but...does the camera have a focus scale
    like the DP1 and can the screen be turned off.
    Ideally, I would have the 17mm, finder on top,
    screen off and focused to hyperfocal distance.
    Ai I dreaming or is this possible?
    Thanks...I've posted all over the net and still
    no exact answer....
    Don

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Screen off - yes.
    Focus scale - no.

    Focused to hyperfocal distance will likely require the following workaround,
    - use your distance estimation skill to find a spot to focus on using AF
    - turn-off AF
    - avoiding touching the focus ring

    This is from information that I have read, including the manual online. I will have the camera tomorrow and will know more.

    The way you want to shoot is exactly the way I would like to setup the camera. The GRDII is amazing at that. The DP-1 is pretty good as well.

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Thanks for the reply. It amazes me that this
    camera does not have a scale.
    I will probably get it tomorrow also but with
    the zoomie lens.....the 17 is not in my neck of the
    woods yet. Let's hope a firmware adds a scale....
    Don

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    Focus scale + focus "lock" would be great additions. This way, one does not have to worry about bumping the focus ring.

    With these 2 additions, I'd say the EP1 would be THE modern street camera!

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    The way it is now... Winogrand is rolling over
    in his grave.....I owe it to him to figure this out....
    Shooter

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    The way it is now... Winogrand is rolling over
    in his grave.....I owe it to him to figure this out....
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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    You could always get a manual focus lens around that length. For example, try the Voigtlander 15mm/4.5. The max aperture is not as open but if you're hyperfocusing then you'll probably be around f/8 or higher, right?

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Quote Originally Posted by daggerlee View Post
    You could always get a manual focus lens around that length. For example, try the Voigtlander 15mm/4.5. The max aperture is not as open but if you're hyperfocusing then you'll probably be around f/8 or higher, right?
    That is an excellent idea! Does anyone know if the corners look ok with that lens adapted to m43?

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    I will have the adaptor and 15mm lens soon. Once I have some time to play with the combo, I can report back.

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    How do you turn the screen off? I have not figured out a way to do that.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mikec View Post
    Screen off - yes.
    Focus scale - no.

    Focused to hyperfocal distance will likely require the following workaround,
    - use your distance estimation skill to find a spot to focus on using AF
    - turn-off AF
    - avoiding touching the focus ring

    This is from information that I have read, including the manual online. I will have the camera tomorrow and will know more.

    The way you want to shoot is exactly the way I would like to setup the camera. The GRDII is amazing at that. The DP-1 is pretty good as well.
    Mike Hatam
    Sony A99, RX1, RX100

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hatam View Post
    How do you turn the screen off? I have not figured out a way to do that.
    One way is to use the Fn button:

    Menu - *B - Fn Function - scroll to BackLight on/off

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Thanks - I had not found that. If I have the Fn button set to another function (I use it to set the "home" focus point), is there another way to turn off the LCD?

    It would be handy to have the LCD off when shooting with the 17/2.8 and OVF.
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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    There is another "button" with a left arrowhead below the Fn setting that you can set to toggle LCD off but I don't know which "button" it correlates to on the camera (don't have my manual handy).

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Cool - that worked! I set the < button (on the dial) to Backlight on/off. That's what I needed. Thanks for the pointer.
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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikec View Post
    That is an excellent idea! Does anyone know if the corners look ok with that lens adapted to m43?
    I do and unfortunately they don't. Soft. Sorry!

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Quote Originally Posted by tashley View Post
    I do and unfortunately they don't. Soft. Sorry!
    Ouch.

    How soft? Acceptable if very high image quality is not required?

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikec View Post
    Ouch.

    How soft? Acceptable if very high image quality is not required?
    I have been trying to find where I posted my test results originally since I long ago chucked the files away and will likely be too busy for a few days to replicate the test but I wouldn't risk using these shorter lenses myself. Try reading this thread to see what the results were on the G1. Results on the Pen are similar-ish.

    http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-...g1-backup.html

    Best

    Tim
    Last edited by tashley; 23rd July 2009 at 15:24.

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    Re: EP1 simple question...

    Tim, thanks for the link. I will give it a shot and see if the lower IQ is acceptable to me.

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