E-M1 - 4/3rds lenses - What to do when it won't focus?

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E-M1 - 4/3rds lenses - What to do when it won't focus?
10 months ago

Last night I put the 50-200 on my E-M1 and put it on my tripod and cruised down the Blue Ridge Parkway looking for good shots during the golden hour on my trip.

When it started getting darker I started having trouble getting a focus lock. There were some interesting cloud formations I was trying to zoom in on and capture. I know from this thread that contrast is required to get a good focus.

Sometimes I was able to get the focus lock beep on changes in the cloud color and sometimes I wasn't. I tried to find a pattern but I couldn't. From shot to shot without moving the tripod sometimes I could get a lock. Sometimes I couldn't.

I would then use the arrow pad to move around the frame trying to find something the E-M1 would lock onto. Sometimes I just couldn't and the fleeting light I was trying to capture would be gone.

Sometimes I would search forward and back without beeping but would stop at a place that appeared to be in focus. Sometimes I snapped the shot anyway just to see what the result would be. I don't know if I'll be able to pick those out of the bunch in Lightroom when I get home or not.

Even if that works I'd still feel better if I could get the reassuring focus lock beep.

Any tips on what to do to get focus on scenes with limited contrast?

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