Olympus versus Panasonic f/2.8 standard zoom observations

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cba_melbourne Senior Member • Posts: 1,464
Re: Olympus versus Panasonic f/2.8 standard zoom observations

Guy Parsons wrote:

cba_melbourne wrote:

With manual focus lenses in the film days, I used to turn the barrel either way quickly back and forth until nailing the perfect focus. It never occurred to me to think which way is "near" and which is "far".

Yes, same here. My first camera was a Minolta SR1 SLR and it had only the "ground glass" type of screen, no focus aids whatsoever apart from that same twist back and forth for nailing final focus. I still do the same twist now when using manual focus. Ingrained habit.

That is the same way how I handle the zoom setting. I turn either way until nailing the best framing. It never occurs to me which way is zooming "in" or "out". It is irrelevant to me.

I guess it has to be the same for me, the same twist back and forth action while I discover the framing that looks right for the occasion. So if I'm twisting the wrong way I simply reverse. I for the life of me cannot see any problem with "mixed" zoom rings, and I have a bunch of them. Even have an old one from film days (not used for years) that trombones in/out to get zoom.

But I can see that other people have other ways to handle it. They seem to memorize rotating clockwise (as seen from the back of the lens ) is zooming out.

There is no right or wrong way, it's an individual habit. My method has the advantage that it makes no difference, if I use an Olympus or a Panasonic zoom. The other method has the advantage to be a fraction of a second faster (as long as one does not mix lens makers .

On a "serious" trip now I may be using any of Samyang 7.5mm (no zoom ), Panasonic 8-18mm and 35-100/2.8 and normally most used would be Olympus 12-40/2.8 and maybe in good light if I want a smaller camera, the little Panasonic 12-32mm. I manage to get results despite the zoom ring conflicts of direction.

Regards.... Guy

Ok, I may have to add that I do not do any sports or fast action photography at all.I am more of a stills shooter. If I did sports, I could imagine it be a great speed advantage to have the zoom action direction imprinted in my brain.

I remember in the 70's the Novoflex tele lenses dedicated for sports action, had the focus control in a pistol grip. It helped a lot achieving fast focus on persons (think football players) moving towards or away, as the user could easily correct by moving the pistol trigger towards or away from the target. That was of course, before autofocus even existed, and long before the first AF systems became anything fast and accurate and later even learned to lock onto a target and track it.

So yes, I can understand why some people would prefer zoom rings to always operate in the same direction. It depends on what sort of photography one does.

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