Its official. Oly AF sucks!

Started Sep 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Louis_Dobson Forum Pro • Posts: 27,361
Re: Oly's latest DSLR AF sucked.

I pushed the AF hard in testing, it was fine.  It is quite clear that the camera I had and the camera many of you had was quite different.
I can only assume unaceptable sample variation.
They will have been made, I think, in one batch.  Mine was very early.  Perhaps they drifted off very quickly in production.

rovingtim wrote:

The E3/E5 AF was abysmal compared its competition. It is utterly irrelevant that people remaining within the E3/E5's relatively narrow operational parameters experienced good AF.

The main problem wasn't speed (it was fast) or not enough cross points, etc.

One problem is that when pushed, the AF could unpredictably fail in places where other cameras remain rock solid reliable. Another problem is it is molasses slow in low light. Another problem is the poor CAF. Another problem is the poor all-point algorithms. Another problem is its propensity to lose focus alignment.

The AF was a mess in the E3. It was one of the worst backward steps Oly ever took. It remained a problem with the E5.

Combining the messy AF with an out-of-date sensor in a huge body was not a recipe for growing the system. And here we are.

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