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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Buttons..What do you do with them?

Just out of curiosity, Do you customize those buttons on your Em1.2? If so, why that preference.
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Re: Buttons..What do you do with them?

I don't do video, so I always customise the video button to something actually useful. I think it's currently on MF for my non-Pro lenses that don't have the MF ring.
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Re: Buttons..What do you do with them?

From memory...

- Back-button - back-button focus (!)
- Lever around back button - switch between CAF and SAF
- Video button - enable exposure/HDR bracket (set to 5-shot, 5-stop bracket)
- Multi-function button - set ISO
- Front panel button 1 - turn on focus peeking (for legacy lenses)
- Front panel button 2 - turn on focus point magnify
- Front dial - aperture
- Rear dial - exp comp

Why?

- I nearly always shoot in A mode with blinkies enabled in the display. Exp comp on rear wheel allows me to quickly balance exposure based on over/under indicators
- I prefer to separate focus, exposure and release - hence back-button focus
- I don't find DOF preview helpful so the front buttons aren't much use to me, except when using MF/legacy lenses when they conveniently provide useful features
- I like ISO to be quickly changed - hence the dedicated button
- I don't find the multi-function button to be useful since most of the settings are for JPEG which I never use
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Re: Buttons..What do you do with them?

Video - to DoF preview
Front buttons - to Focus Peaking and Magnify view.
L-Fn - to Digital teleconverter
Fn-2 - to ISO (via front dial) and WB (rear dial)
AEL - to Back Button Focus under SAF

I leave Front & Rear dials as default (other way round from Paul).
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Re: Buttons..What do you do with them?

Buttons are for shirts, jackets and overcoats. Camera design went bananas when software was introduced. Software is designed to make decisions and branch. Decisions lead to a plethora of buttons. The introduction of software was the curse of the devil.
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Re: Buttons..What do you do with them?

The most difference to those that have posted already is I have the back button set to C-AF, which allows for C-AF while held down, or S-AF if pressed and released.

Fn1 is set to magnify
all the other buttons are left to factory default.
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Buttons are for shirts, jackets and overcoats. Camera design went bananas when software was introduced. Software is designed to make decisions and branch. Decisions lead to a plethora of buttons. The introduction of software was the curse of the devil.
Film is for covering food in the fridge. Camera design went bananas when roll film was introduced. Why don't we dispense with all this flexible film nonsense and the silly little camera boxes that use it with their shutters, wind-on levers, light meters and focusing aids and just stick with glass plates and lens caps? The introduction of roll-film was the curse of the devil.
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Re: Buttons..What do you do with them?

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...Camera design went bananas when software was introduced. Software is designed to make decisions and branch. Decisions lead to a plethora of buttons. The introduction of software was the curse of the devil.
The OM4Ti has a few buttons. In fact it has 3 function buttons on the top plate (not including the shutter button) for highlight, shadow, and spot metering; a function clear switch, a film advance lever, a film rewind lever, film release button, two dials (film speed and exposure adjust, the latter working in all modes), auto/manual/battery-check lever, another button and a switch on the databack, timer lever and stop down preview button on the front, a dial around the throat (shutter speed), and three dials on the lens (aperture, focus, and focal length, latter only on zoom lenses). Then there is an additional shutter button on the motorized grip. And they were all easy to use!
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Re: Buttons..What do you do with them?

I leave the buttons on the default settings on my E-P5. I did programme them once, but forgot what I'd set them to!

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Re: Buttons..What do you do with them?

Fi = magnify, F2 = Focus Peaking, front 2 buttons are AF Home and "digital teleconverter" (AKA in-camera crop). Lever is set for S-AF and C-AF. ISO/WB/focus points are accessed via direction keys.
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The OM4Ti has a few buttons. In fact it has 3 function buttons on the top plate (not including the shutter button) for highlight, shadow, and spot metering; a function clear switch, a film advance lever, a film rewind lever, film release button, two dials (film speed and exposure adjust, the latter working in all modes), auto/manual/battery-check lever, another button and a switch on the databack, timer lever and stop down preview button on the front, a dial around the throat (shutter speed), and three dials on the lens (aperture, focus, and focal length, latter only on zoom lenses). Then there is an additional shutter button on the motorized grip. And they were all easy to use!
I don't consider that to be good design at all.
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Film is for covering food in the fridge. Camera design went bananas when roll film was introduced. Why don't we dispense with all this flexible film nonsense and the silly little camera boxes that use it with their shutters, wind-on levers, light meters and focusing aids and just stick with glass plates and lens caps? The introduction of roll-film was the curse of the devil.
Most digital cameras are overly complex, but credit to Leica as they have demonstrated that there is a credible alternative with simplicity at the heart of the design objective, resulting in a sensible user interface. Digital Ms look similar to film Ms and the operational controls are, by and large, identical.

Film is good in the fridge, plus the boxes are quite decorative, what's more my wife doesn't seem to object, at all.
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... credit to Leica as they have demonstrated that there is a credible alternative with simplicity at the heart of the design objective, resulting in a sensible user interface. Digital Ms look similar to film Ms and the operational controls are, by and large, identical.
That's a personal opinion though Steve. I'm quite familiar with the old style camera controls, but find the dual dial-on-the-topplate approach of modern digital cameras much faster and more intuitive to use. As to over complexity - yes, to some degree I agree, but once the camera is set up as I want it, I seldom go diving into menus.
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That's a personal opinion though Steve. I'm quite familiar with the old style camera controls, but find the dual dial-on-the-topplate approach of modern digital cameras much faster and more intuitive to use. As to over complexity - yes, to some degree I agree, but once the camera is set up as I want it, I seldom go diving into menus.
I've tried to get on with the 'dual dial on the top plate', but it doesn't work for me, ie having to look at the lcd or evf to determine settings, and then still none the wiser with regard to dof (yes I understand I can press one of the many buttons to see the effect). I'm more comfortable with dials with numbers; shutter speed, aperture and dof, and find it far faster too.
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Re: Buttons..What do you do with them?

Fn1 - Magnify
Fn2 - MF (toggle)
Record button - Peaking
AEL/AFL - S1/C2/M3
Front buttons - unchanged. I used DOF preview sometimes in close-up (and have a menu setting to make it a toggle button rather than effective only while held down). Never use WB button.
Down arrow button - ISO (Direct function)

My most used button is switching to and fro between S-AF+MF and MF
I tend to use exposure compensation with blinkies to adjust exposure. Like Paul I'm nearly always in aperture priority.
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