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Olympus OMD EM5 II is revealed (Teathering, Silent mode, Focus Peak, Twist/Tilt LCD)

Yeah… The next gen E-M5 is here…

Olympus OMD EM5 II Promo Page

Twist/Tilt LCD / Touch LCD

1/8000 Shutter

HDR Mode

Silent Mode Electronic shutter / 1/16,000 – 60sec

Focus Peaking: 4 colors

Tethering is now available, with Olympus software


High Res Shot (combines 8 images to make one 40mp image)

Mic Plug

Using AF lenses with Manual Focus

For many photographers, tweaking or just using manual focus with AF lenses is a normal thing.

But, if you don’t set the camera properly, once you manually focus, a 1/2 press on the shutter wipes it all out.

you must do 3 things to set the camera up so your shutter 1/2 press won’t activate AF.

  1. Change the “AEL/AFL” to Mode 3 (Menu/Gears/A/AEL/AFL/OK/S-AF/>Mode 3/OK)
  2. Make Fn1 to be your AF Button (Menu/Gears/B/OK/Button Functions/>/Fn1/>/”AEL/AFL”/OK)
  3. Change the AF Mode to “S-AF+MF” (Menu/Gears/A/AF Mode/OK/S-AF/>/”S-AF+MF”/OK)
    1. OR, you can use the Super Control Panel, and change it there.

This will allow you to manually focus with the wired focus ring, and use the shutter button to take a meter reading and exposure. without the 1/2 press changing the manual focus you set.

Long Exposures with the E-M5

A big thanks to Mark for a Great Article on making long exposures with the E-M5 and Live View Bulb setting.

Mark Hilliard Atelier's Blog

And now for something different!

I know, most of my recent posts have been about the new Fuji X-E1, but tonight I decided to take out the OMD and test it out for ultra long exposures.  I have the OMD as a high speed replacement for my Canon DSLR (currently a 7D) in order to reduce weight and ease of use.  Overall the camera performs very well and generates impressive, sharp images up into very high ISO’s! But a friend recently purchased one to use and wanted to do some long exposures.  So I got mine out, looked over the in camera options and was VERY surprised to learn of several very nice long exposure benefits built into this camera!

  • Live View Bulb Mode: This is an amazing feature (are you listening Fuji?)!  With this mode, you must first set the max shutter speed length, then the update…

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