G1 X Mark II: Not happy with handling

Started Mar 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP kitchenbug Junior Member • Posts: 29
Re: G1 X Mark II: Not happy with handling

While you're manually focusing, you cannot use any of the camera's dials for purposes other than focusing. You commence manual focusing by either pushing the MF button or by turning the Continuous Ring while you half-press the shutter.

Let me modify my statement.

Of the two methods to enter manual focusing, if you enter it by pushing the MF button, you CAN regain control of the other settings by exiting the focusing operation by pressing the FUNC.SET button. If you enter it by rotating the Continuous Ring, there isn't a way I know of to regain control of the other settings.

Another problem with manual focusing is the distance bar that is drawn on the right-hand side of the display while in manual focusing. The scale of the bar is constant between 5cm (closest working distance at zoom's wide end) and infinity. When you zoom to a different focal length, the range of possible working distance changes (i.e., 40cm to infinity at the zoom's longest end), but the display gives no indication of this. The only way I know when I have reached the minimal working distance is by the lack of feedback when I rotate the Continuous Ring or the Control Dial.

It would be better if 1) the bar was rescaled to match the possible working range at each focal length, or if 2) the unusable distance was marked with a different color. I prefer the former. Focusing gets more critical the longer the focal length.

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