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04-14-2022, 10:18 PM   #1
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55-300mm PLM + KP live view AF issue

Hello,

I just got this lens for my KP.

But I got AF issue in Live view mode, it nerver focus, always ended up with the red square, tried to change between AF modes and settings.

No issue in view finder.

When I changed lens to my old 16-85, it works perfectly in live view.

Any ideas ? May be I got a defective copy ?

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04-14-2022, 11:36 PM   #3
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Yes, mine is the lastest 1.31
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Clean the lens contacts ...
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04-15-2022, 12:05 AM   #5
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Did you buy this lens new?
04-15-2022, 04:00 AM   #6
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Actually, it's used, but in good condition, including with the original box, papers, hood.
04-15-2022, 05:11 AM   #7
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Another question.

Does it focus through the view finder?

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Chris

04-15-2022, 05:18 AM   #8
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QuoteOriginally posted by nneo Quote
Hello,

I just got this lens for my KP.

But I got AF issue in Live view mode, it nerver focus, always ended up with the red square, tried to change between AF modes and settings.

No issue in view finder.

When I changed lens to my old 16-85, it works perfectly in live view.

Any ideas ? May be I got a defective copy ?
AAAH, you did not tell us on what kind of scene you tried to focus. Focusing in Live View is different from the view finder. I do not think that either the camera or the lens is faulty, but the choice of subject might be the villain. The red square means that it is unable to focus on the scene you presented the camera and lens with. That the 16-85 works well might be due to the fact that the 16-85 begins at f3.5 and the PLM at f4.5. The difference between enough or just not enough light to focus...
04-15-2022, 07:13 AM   #9
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The following information could help. Have you tried multiple subjects? On a tripod? Different focal lengths? Or perhaps you were too close to focus.

I find my shake or subject movement can mess up focus. On a tripod in dim light it performs amazing. In real life I make a tree branch then bird eye the shifting subject. It struggles to lock focus on one before the shift.
04-16-2022, 04:29 AM   #10
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Another question.

Does it focus through the view finder?

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Yes, AF works perfectly through view finder.


I tried only static objects, different scenes, indoor, outdoor, different focal lengths, cleaned lens and body contacts, nothing change.

Didn't try a tripod yet, but does a tripod impact that much, because no issue through view finder.
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More info, tried video mode, it can focus on objects when recording, weird
04-16-2022, 07:24 AM   #12
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If you tested many ways the tripod isn't much help.
I just tested mine with the 1.4x tc on. It was extremely slow and rarely achieved focus but fast in vf. Without the tc it was fast and focused. I tried other lenses that use the inner contacts to focus. The 18-50 and the Sigma 18-35. They had no problem.

I have to think a contact isn't making a strong connection between my lens and tc. Every other combo works including the 55-300 plm without the tc.

I tried a quick clean of the contacts and it persists. A quick look and one contact on my lens appears slightly deeper in the lens. So far that is my guess.
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