One Touch White Balance

Why useful

The automatic or preset white balance is useful for normal situations. In case you would like to have a precise white balance or you are working in difficult light situations a user-defined white balance offers you much better results. In case you don’t work with RAW files, which can change white balance in post-processing, with OM-D cameras you could use the One Touch White Balance.

How to use the One Touch White Balance

1. Press the “OK” button to activate the Super Control Panel. Choose white balance and press “OK” again.

2. Choose a “Custom White Balance” and press the “INFO” button.

3. Shoot a neutral object (i.e. white sheet of paper or a gray card), which covers at least 75% of the image area.

4. As soon as you took the image the camera asks you whether you would like to save the white balance or not.

Pro Tip

In case you need to have custom white balance often you could also program a button with the “one-touch white balance” function. This has the advantage that you could save the customized white balance by pressing the button only, without going through the menu.

Fast access to focus peaking settings

Why useful

Focus peaking is an outstanding feature, which supports you in case you would like to focus manually with highlighted lines. In OM-D cameras you can choose between red, yellow, black, and white. Depending on the image content it is necessary to change the color as otherwise, the highlights lines are not visible. Changing the settings in the menu is too time-consuming while you shoot, therefore OM-D cameras have a shortcut to do so.

image without focus peaking
image with focus peaking

1 When you have activated focus peaking in the camera menu, your camera shows colored lines of in-focus areas, as soon as you are moving the focus ring.

2 The shortcuts work as long as the focus peaking is on. Simply press the “Info” button to open the menu to change the setting.

3 Once it opens you can directly change, color, the brightness of the image, and the intensity with the forefinger wheel. Choosing the setting, which should be changed can be chosen with the thumbwheel.

Scroll through zoomed images

Why useful

It is not well known that you are able to scroll through zoomed images in OM-D cameras. This could be very helpful in case you have a lot of similar images and you would like to decide which of the images should be deleted or transferred via WiFi. As you have zoomed in it is easier to differentiate between small differences and easier to make decisions.

How to scroll through zoomed images

1. To show images, which are stored on your Kamera, press the replay button on the back of your camera.

2. You have different possibilities to zoom into images. Either you press the touch screen once and use the slider on the right side or you are using the thumbwheel to zoom into the images. With the cursor keys, you can select the area you would like to see closely. She could be done with the touchscreen.

3.Use the forefinger wheel to scroll through the images. All images will be shown at the same zoom factor and same position. This is perfect to compare images in every detail.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS

Blue tit at take of

In summer Olympus introduced the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS and I had the opportunity to use it. After I made the first images, I have been very impressed by the image quality. Even though it is “only” a standard lens and not out of the Pro category image quality is on a very high level. Autofocus speed and accuracy is superb. Technical Details you can find on many websites, therefore I would like to skip them here. I intend to share the experiences I made with the lens.

Speed

With a starting F value of 5-6.3, the lens is not the fastest and in case of bad light, you have to increase sensitivity in the camera. I used the E-M1 Mark III together with the lens and used sensitivities up to 6400 ISO and satisfied with all my results. In case you don’t have to shoot fast-moving objects in bad light conditions the lens is more than usable. Compared to faster lenses, which are more expensive and heavier, you will have only disadvantages in case of bad light conditions.

Focal length range

With a focal length range of 100-400mm, it is ideal for wildlife photography and especially bird photography. The angle of view is equivalent to a 200-800mm lens for the 35mm format. Also, the MC-14 and MC-20 teleconverter are compatible. In case you combine it with the MC-20 the equivalent field of view is up to 1600mm. That supports you in shooting images from long distances, which is especially helpful when you are shooting shy animals. Sharpness and resolution in conjunction with the MC-20 and MC-14 are very high. The only disadvantage is that you lose 1 (in case of MC-14) or 2 (in case of MC-20) f-stops light sensitivity when you are using the converters, therefore even more light is needed or you have to increase sensitivity in-camera even more than without converters.

Macro capabilities

Besides the outstanding tele lens performance, the lens has also a very short minimum focus distance. Due to that function, the lens can be used also for macro photography. As the shallow depth of field depends also on focus distance this enables you also to separate your objects from the background with nice bokeh. Here some images I made with a short focusing distance.

Image stabilisation

The lens has. a built-in image stabilization, but in opposite to the M.Zuiko Digital ED 300mm F4 IS PRO it doesn’t support Sync-IS, which enables the system to use lens and camera stabilization together. Therefore the stabilization effect is not as big. However, In case you are using the lens in conjunction with an Olympus camera you get a better image quality when you are using lens and camera stabilization. Then the lens compensates for yaw and pitch movements and the camera is taking care of rotation, which is caused mainly when you are pressing the shutter release.

Conclusion

In case you are looking for a long focal length for a fair price the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS is a perfect fit. The additional macro capabilities and compatibility with the teleconverters the lens offers additional benefit and makes the lens very universal. The only drop of bitterness is the speed of the lens, which makes it difficult to use the lens in bad light conditions. On the other hand, a fast lens is much more expensive.

Save copyright settings in EXIF

Why useful

Nowadays images are used very often without permission. The copyright function allows you to save your name in the EXIF data while you shoot. This doesn’t secure that your images are not used without your permission but helps to justify that the image is taken by you. At least when EXIF data is not deleted.

How to set-up copyright settings?

1 Press “Menu” to open the main menu. Use the cursor buttons and go to Menu H1 and select “Copyright Settings” and press “OK”

2 Choose “Artist Name” to add the photographer’s name and open it by pressing the cursor button right. Press “OK” to input your Name.

3 press “End” as soon as you finished your name. In case you would like to cancel you can press “Menu”. The same can be done with the Copyright Name. I recommend making both, as you never know which of the fields is used from your editing software.

How to link Spot Metering with AF field

Why useful

As photographers try to have the AF field on the main object of the image, a link of spot metering capabilities to the AF field ensures that the main object is exposed correctly. Compared to a centred spot metering this function leads to more correct exposed images.

How to program

1 Go to „Custom Menu“ and choose „E3“. Select „Spot Metering“ and press the „OK“ button

2 Choose which Spot Metering mode (Spot, Spot Highlight, Spot Shadow) should be applicable and confirm by pressing the “OK” button.

3 Press “OK” to open the Super Control Panel and select “Spot Metering” as Metering mode and confirm by pressing the release button half.

4 Choose one AF field for focusing.
You could check whether it is working or not by moving the AF field over dark and bright areas, the exposure should change accordingly.