I hate to say this but I also had a problem with the control ring not working properly. If I am in for example P,A,S, or M mode, no matter what I change the control ring to in the menu, it stays on focus. I was in New York for the photo show and showed it to a guy at the Sony booth who was very familiar with the camera. He couldn't make it work properly either so he reset the camera and it worked for a while but is now stuck on focus again. Does anyone from Sony monitor these forums? Otherwise I love the camera and hope this if fixed with a firmware update.