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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II The first OM-D's successor.

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Old 23rd October 2018
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EM-5 mk2 Function Programming

Just about every review of the Olympus EM5 mk2 makes the point that the menu system is large and complex. Most owners, including me, therefore initially approach the task of setting up a new camera with some trepidation.

I would certainly not claim to be a computer geek, but having become used to the menu system of my old Lumix G2 I found it to be quite logical, and well-described in the handbook . . . except for the matter of customising the function buttons and other programmable controls.

The description of this procedure in the handbook is rather obscure, with reference to ‘Myset’ configurations, but lacks a simple ‘by numbers’ approach. It was obviously written by someone who did not place themselves in the position of a normal person. Although many owners will not have a problem with this, other older people may like a few hints on the prodeure.

After an afternoon of failures I found that the procedure is simply to set the camera up in one of the ways you want – such as a 5 fps framing rate and C-AF – and use the menu to save this as a Myset. A Myset is simply a combination of the various functions you wish to be combined after pressing a customised Fn button.

Now assign that Myset to whatever control you fancy, such as Fn4. Operation of the Fn4 will then set the camera to 5 fps and C-AF, which can be confirmed on the Super Control Panel.

I would also have saved myself a lot of effort if I had realised that the Fn buttons do not operate instantly, and require a positive pressure for a second or so, the function being set on release.

I set mine for the following functions: Fn1 – exposure lock and spot metering, Fn2 – 5 fps drive with C-AF, Fn3 – live view or super control panel (default setting) Fn4 – digital zoom (handy for a fine focus check) movie recording – 10 second delayed action shutter release.
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