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Panasonic G Macro 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S.

17 March 2016
Arkadiusz Olech

10. Autofocus

When the lens is joined with the Panasonic G7 its autofocus mechanism is noiseless. Running through the whole, not so small range, and finding the focus takes about 0.8-0.9 of a second. That time extends to about 1.3-1.5 of a second if you choose the “Pinpoint AF” mode. Those aren’t impressive results but keep in mind that you deal here with a macro device with a quite wide distance range. Because of that in some constructions of this type the producers add focus limiters but for a reason or twoPanasonic decided not to follow that example.

Attached to the Olympus E-M10 the lens focused noiselessly as well and the process was often quicker than on the G7. On the other hand we more often saw the mechanism missing the proper position, forced to make 1-2 additional oscillations around the proper setting. It made the focusing time longer by another 0.3 of a second or so.

When it comes to the accuracy the tested lens fared very well. In studio conditions it didn’t miss one single time on all three testing charts!


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The lens also didn’t have any front or back focus tendency while attached to all three bodies used in our test.

Olympus E-PL1, f/2.8
Panasonic G Macro 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. - Autofocus
Olympus E-M10, f/2.8
Panasonic G Macro 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. - Autofocus
Panasonic G7, f/2.8
Panasonic G Macro 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. - Autofocus