G1XmkII - No need for Macro mode...

Started Apr 27, 2014 | Discussions thread
Max@Home Veteran Member • Posts: 3,687
Re: G1XmkII - No need for Macro mode...

brianj wrote:

Max@Home wrote:

brianj wrote:

Ranlee wrote:

First, my version focuses just as close whether in Macro mode or not. In fact, it focuses even closer than specs. As close as 3cm (1.18") to the front (glass) of the lens instead of the 5cm (2") the manual states. This is at the 24mm equiv. FL.

At the long end mine focuses from 34.3cm (13.5") to infinity which is approximately 7.62cm (3") closer than the manual states. This is a good thing, and I'm happy about it!

Now for the second part: My testing shows that the only thing Macro mode does is limit focusing ability from 3cm to a maximum of approximately 3.5' (106.5cm) at 24mm equivalent. At the long end macro mode does nothing at all.

So I guess my question is, why is it even there? Am I missing something? Why would I even want to limit the maximum focus at 24mm equiv. focal length or any focal length for that matter. I simply will ignore macro from now on unless I really am missing something.

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In other words, macro mode doesn't work, I would consider that to be an extreme drawback

Please read again, as it actually works perfectly, but you have to know why it's there and what it's function is: it is (designed and build as) a focus-delimiter switch, making the camera 'concentrate' on Macro/CloseUp without it looking at AF 'distractions' from 'further back'

IMO to 'work' it would need to do this function as well as allow it to focus from 3cm down to 1cm.

So the switch should somehow magically change the lens specifications and allow AF at 1 cm...

Perhaps you could make a 'wide open aperture' switch on my 70-200F2.8 that allows it to open to F2.0 ?


Kindest regards,


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