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Old July 20th, 2007, 11:34 AM   #1
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Manual focus range - 0.1 to inf in 5 degrees?

I wonder if I have to live with this -
The manual focus on my XH-A1 goes from 0.1meters to infinity in a small fraction of a turn, maybe 5 degrees. This makes if impossible to use - the smallest movement I can make with it (less than a degree) sends the focus three or four times as far.

I have been using auto-fucus, and thinking I was just not good at manual focusing, but after testing I think this has to be a defect. Any opinions? I truly dread sending this wonderful camera away.

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Old July 20th, 2007, 12:04 PM   #2
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You have to set the manual focus to slow in the settings.
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Old July 20th, 2007, 12:21 PM   #3
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This is on the slow setting. I've been testing more and it goes from 1 meter to infinity in half of one ridge on the focus ring. I am on hold with Canon again now, so far I've been told there is nothing they can do.
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Old July 20th, 2007, 12:33 PM   #4
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Sort of solved it - the extreme sensetivity was at the widest angle - zooming in makes it somewhat easier. I still wish it was less sensitive but I can live with this.

Awesome camera.
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Old July 20th, 2007, 12:41 PM   #5
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Yeah, that weirded me out a bit too. I guess they assume you're going to zoom in and focus, which you do...but if you want to then zoom back to wide and make a slight adjustment, that's difficult to do, and it's a bit of a problem sometimes. Makes it really difficult to shift focus on the fly.
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