E-M1 Trouble focusing on moving objects

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E-M1 Trouble focusing on moving objects
Oct 5, 2013

First let me make clear that this is my first day using an interchangeable lens camera so this is probably user error. I certainly hope it is or my new equipment could be defective.

This afternoon I went to a local park to practice using my new gear. On my E-M1 I had my MMF-3 adapter, 1.4 teleconverter, and 50-200 lens. I was trying to take pictures of boats going by on the lake and more often than not I had trouble getting focus. The boats were crossing in such a way that I had many minutes to try to capture each boat going by on the lake.

Initially I was photographing docked boats and such and having no problems. Then I decided to try to capture the moving boats and the trouble started. Later I had the same problem trying to capture a swimming alligator.

I would point the camera and half depress the shutter and I would see what you see in photo one. I would wait. Same thing. I would let go of the shutter and point at something else and half press the shutter and the image would still be blurred. If I fiddled around enough I would usually be able to get a shot of the boat but only because I had minutes to do so.

I had lots of time to experiment and think this through. One thing I did was change from Single Focus to Continuos auto focus. That didn't help.

Later I even took the 50-200 off and put the 12-50 back on. The boats were quite far away. I had the same type of problem with that lens.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

These are SOOC...

What I saw in the EVF much of the time

The type of shot I was only occasionally able to get.

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