Semi-Automatic Manual Mode… Huh?


How would you like to use Full Manual Mode on your E-M5, but, have it act like a semi-automatic mode?

So, What am I talking about?

I am talking about letting the camera set the ISO automatically. How many times do you “Need” to have a “Set” f/stop and shutter speed? In studio work with constant lights, as you change your light outputs, the exposure changes this can a useful tool. For shots where you need a defined depth-of-field and a shutter speed to stop motion, this can be a useful tool.

For instance: Birding, set your f/stop to f/11, set your shutter speed to 1/500 (for example) and let the camera pick the ISO. That way, you know you have your camera set for enough DOF at a fast enough shutter speed.

The set up is easy too.

What you do is set the Mode Dial on “M” for manual exposure. Then follow this instructions below to set up you camera to allow you to change the f/stop or shutter speed at will, and not lose the “Auto-ISO” mode in Manual Mode.

  1. Menu
  2. Gears > (Right Arrow)
  3. E  (Exp-Metering-ISO)/ OK
  4. ISO Auto / OK / ALL
  5. OK to set them for use.

Next, set you High and Low limits on for the “Auto ISO Set”. That just above the “Auto ISO” menu selection.

  1. Up one menu item to “Auto ISO Set”
  2. OK
  3. High limits via Up/Down arrows keys
  4. > (Right Arrow to Low ISO Limit)
  5. Use the Up/Down arrows keys to set this limit.
  6. OK to set them for use.

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