View Full Version : EM1 MK2 basic setup

19th June 2017, 11:34 AM
I have been using my EM5 mk2 since November and found i really like the outdoor action shots, anyway a little bonus came my way and with selling the EM5 I took the plunge and ordered a EM1. Just waiting for it to arrive this week.

So are there any basic guides for setting the camera up in the first instance?

Also any tips for photographing animals on the move or birds in flight?


19th June 2017, 11:53 AM
Wrotniak is always a good place to start: http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/m43/em1.2-sett.html

Here is his "Cheat Sheet": http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/m43/em1.2-sett-sheet.html

19th June 2017, 03:07 PM
A vote for Wrotniak.

His site contains all sorts of Olympus related info. Well worth a look.

19th June 2017, 03:09 PM
The Mark II is immensely configurable. This is what I have done for birds, in flight and otherwise:
see also post #8 about setting on/off to the Fn lever.

20th June 2017, 11:22 AM
Thanks for the replies guys.

Looking forward to getting the camera and hope I can get some good shots out of it.


23rd June 2017, 11:53 AM
Camera arrived today, charging batteries when at home tonight and will do a firmware update to set it to the latest settings and then finally look to set it up.

Hopefully get out over the weekend and get some shots taken.


25th June 2017, 07:17 PM
Really impressed with new camera so far, not been into photography long so very much a beginner, camera is so much quicker than the em5 mk2 it replaced.

Question about manual mode, was using the panasonic 100-400 lense at 400 under a canopy of trees f6.3 and 1/1000 of a sec and the Images were black...I assume as nit enough light I could see iso set at 200 upping iso cured this but is there a quick way to adjust iso up - am currently pressing ok and adjusting from there which is very slow.

Also is there a guide as to max iso to use, or is it really upto what noise you can accept in the final image?

Hope the above makes sense, as said am very much a beginner.

Look forward to responses.


25th June 2017, 07:31 PM
Hi Matt,
Set the Fn lever to position 2 (page 26) for quick ISO adjustment. 1/1000 at 6.3 and ISO 200 is something you might need in bright sunshine. Under the trees at ISO 400 you might need 1/60 at 6.3.
In manual mode you simply have to adjust the f-stop and the shutter speed until you see what you want in the viewfinder, no mater what the ISO. I shoot ISO 400 nearly all the time, and 800 often. The Mark II can handle it. Otherwise, it is worth studying the manual. So many options and so many possibilities... you can assign practically any function to any button you want. And have FUN! :D

25th June 2017, 08:07 PM
Thanks for this will give it a try.

The area where I struggled was very dull so I ended up setting it to auto iso and that slowed it down to 1/320 of a second but as I was photographing birds it wasnt fast enough.


25th June 2017, 08:22 PM
I forgot to say at f6.3 and 1/1000 it was showing -3 on chart at bottom and when I took a shot it was very dark so I assume the -3 meant under exposed?