Olympus® E-M1 Fast Start

Lesson 6 of 12

Button Layout: Left &Front Side, Bottom, & Lenses

 

Olympus® E-M1 Fast Start

Lesson 6 of 12

Button Layout: Left &Front Side, Bottom, & Lenses

 

Lesson Info

Button Layout: Left &Front Side, Bottom, & Lenses

Going to work our way around to the left hand side of the camera, and depending on the lens that you have, you'll have a lens function, a button. You won't get this with panasonic lenses, but you will get it with the olympus. Some of the olympus lenses. This is the only lens I have. The twelve to forty two point eight has a lens button, so you could have that button. Activate the may be magnified, focusing or some other feature of your camera. You could have it do the so almost anything you want, just need to dive into the menu system to that custom menu button and I'il, and then program that in. We also have a little door on the left side of the camera that access is a few of the controls of the camera. We have a standard three point five millimeter jack. If you want to hook up a stereo microphone, there's a number of good microphones from road and sinai's, or that you can mount in the hot shoe of the camera for getting better quality audio in your video recordings, we have an hdmi co...

nnector that will connect up to an hd tv, so if you wanted to a slide show or show movies. On a flat screen tv you could do that? We also have a connection to your computer, and this is a terrible way of downloading your images. I'll give you a better way in a moment, but you can do it, it's, just a very slow process er in the camera for downloading it is where you couldn't attach the r e m u c one, which is a remote control great for firing the camera from a tripod so that your camera does not move when you are shooting the picture, this will sell for about forty dollars over on the right hand side, not much going on other than the memory card door uses thie sd memory cards. There is a right protection switch on the side of the cards that will prevent them from being deleted. And so if you're having a card air issue, you might want to check to see if that got bumped to the downward position upward is the normal position. If you're going to shoot video with this camera, you want to make sure that your memory cards or class six or higher it can handle all the different cards that are available on the market, at least as of today, class two through ten and in the new u hs classic and handle as well. One of the things that you want to do when you get a memory card for the first time or when you go out on a new shoot after you have checked it that you have downloaded and backed up all your images is to reform at the memory card. So what that's going to do is it's going to delete all the pictures and it's going to form at the memory card for this camera, deleting all the residual ghost folders and directories that are often put under these memory cards from other devices. So just a good practice to format each time you go out and shoot. But make sure that you have backed up your images because you will be deleting all of your photographs when you reform at the memory card for downloading your images rather than downloading through your camera directly to your computer, which could be a very slow process, it's much faster if you use a card reader or just plug the car directly into the computer itself. It's going to be a faster system, these card readers or not too much money, and they have a pretty simple system that's going to work with mac and pcs equally well over under the front side of the camera. We have a p c synch that's kind of a hallmark. Item of a professional camera right there it's a sink so that you can hook up external strobes. For instance, if you're working in a studio environment, we have our lens release for taking our lens on and off, and our electrical contacts for communicating aperture focusing information with the lands are sixteen megapixel sensor is exposed there, so you want to have the lens off for a very limited amount of time. On the front, we have two different function buttons that be can be program to do a multitude of different things, like all the other function buttons we've talked about on the lens, on the top and in the back of the camera, so you can do that in the custom menu. Ooh itself lends alignment mark so that when you grab a lens, you know whereto mounted up on the camera. There is a self timer lamp in an f assist lamp that kind of shared double duty here, and I like to always leave my camera in his much of a stealth mode as possible. So no lights, no sounds, no distractions, and this is something that you can turn off in the custom menu that all recommend. When we get there down onto the bottom side of the camera, we have our battery. The bl in one sells for about fifty bucks and the charger b and c one and let me give you a quick little tip on the charger. One of the things I don't like about the charger is that in order to power it, it's got the standard mains power connector and you've got this big old cord that you have to take with you. And so if you want a small travel charge because I love the ones that have a little flip out that you just plug straight into the wall for anyone that has apple accessories, they're going to have this little power adapter, and this fits right into here, pop it out and you can plop it into the wall. It's a great system if you don't want to carry that court around and these things, if you don't have apple that's, okay, you can still buy these little adapters for his little is about five, or maybe ten dollars at the most and it's a very standard connection that we have on here, and so there may be other there probably are plenty of other non apple products that you could buy, but it's a great way of having a simple wall charger without having the big, clunky cord that comes with these things, so when I saw that, I was like, that is a good idea, ok, next up on the bottom there's a little rubber cover for attaching the power battery holder this is a vertical grip, so if you do a lot of vertical shooting or you have big hands, you might be interested in this grip because it allows you to shoot vertically more easily by having the shutter button in a more comfortable position. This will sell for about three hundred bucks on its own, and it does, I say, works really good for sports photography or if you do a lot of portrait photography. And, of course, the tripod socket is your standard quarter twenty tripod socket, so you could attach all sorts of accessories to it. Your serial number for the camera will be down there along the bottom, so you can note that for insurance purposes here's the list of the kind of the complete list of all the customizable buttons on the cameras you can see we have function one two and tons of other buttons front back inside and so get into that custom menu. We will be getting into that later in this class, and you can customize all these buttons to your heart's content and that's. One of the great things about these newer cameras is that you can really get it dialed in exactly the way you want it to work, all right, let's, move on to lenses. The lens that came out at the same time that this camera that kind of got a lot of people's attention and a lot of people have purchased with this camera is the twelve to forty two point eight it's the very useful range that is very close to the twenty four to eighty millimeter range so it's going to give you a good solid wide angle lens as well as a long enough lands to do nice portrait work with and having that constant two point eight aperture is going to make it very easy to work with under low light conditions. One of the interesting things about the customizing of the camera is you can also customize the lens a little bit in which way they focusing ring turns on the camera now two of the biggest kaymer systems out there canon and nikon have their lenses turn in opposite directions when you are focusing focusing towards infinity and you can have this one adjusted to work or match either one of those systems so it's nice to be able to customize that for anybody who's making that transition from the dslr into this camera. Also on some of the lenses as I mentioned before is a lens function button which will be delisted as an l f n for lens function. We have our mountain index just telling us where to mounted up on the camera body to get lined up right the better quality lenses have a focusing scale on them. This is really nice for doing a visual manual check on the lens to see where it's focused at aa lot of the lenses will not have that they'll just have a focusing ring on them onley some of the very high end professional ones will they have that focusing scale right there on the lands up towards the front there's a couple of little notches and this is for mounting the lens hood and this is for blocking light, hitting the front elements or the front a group of elements in the lands and causing flare problems and so you're likely to get a little better contrast in your images and it also works kind of is a nice bumper on the camera to have a lens hood on that, and each lens I will mention has its own unique lens hood, so you don't want to lose it it's going to cost around forty bucks if you do lose and one of the great things about using the panasonic camera is that you can use olympus lenses with it. They make a number of a really nice little prime lenses white angle twelve point two pretty good low light capabilities nice white angle great photo journalistic lens the seventeen one eight good for street photography if you want a normal lens, they make a twenty five one eight the short telephoto for shooting portrait's the forty five one a and one of the sharpest lenses in all of photography is the seventy five one eight and here with me I hold it up right next door a camera here is the little forty five and this is a great little lands for shooting portrait work and look how tiny that little thing is that hardly adds any weight onto the camera at all the one point eight aperture is pretty good for getting that background out of focus and so if you wanted to throw just an extra little lens in the bag for doing portrait work this one's quite nice now these lenses will range anywhere from four hundred two eight hundred dollars in price kind of depending on which lends it is the ones on the extremes the twelve and seventy five or on the more expensive range the seventeen, twenty five and forty five are going to be around four hundred bucks olympus has announced they're kind of road map of where they're going in lenses and they're going to be introducing soon a wide angle seven to fourteen two point eight lens this is a ultra wide lands great for architecture or landscape photography seven millimeters is going to be very, very wide on this camera and one little downside on this lens is that they don't have filter thread so you're not able to put a polarizing filter or screw in other types of filters right on the lands. I don't know the price of it, yet they have yet to announce surprise for anyone who does a lot of sports photography, the forty two one fifty two point eight is going to be a war course of lands. It looks like it's going to be built really well. This is all these lenses here, including the twelve to forty that I have on the lens here. This is their pro siri's of lenses. They have fast apertures, they're really well built, they're going to be weather resistant and so very high quality stuff. And then for anyone who's doing wildlife or maybe some sports photography, they're going to have a three hundred f four. So this, of course, is the equivalent of a six hundred millimeter in a full frame camera system for nice fast aperture. I don't know how big and heavy that lens is going to be, but it should be something that you can hand hold relatively easy. Some of the more traditional panasonic great lenses. They have their own seven to fourteen lands, they have a twelve to thirty five lens and they have a thirty five to one hundred, which is a nice, good short telephoto but still pretty good in its low light capabilities at half two point eight now panasonic will have their own little letter codes that they add on to their lenses and designations, indicating what they're for, and so here's kind of a cheat sheet to what some of those are the newer lenses will have power o I s, which is a little bit better image stabilization system that will work a little bit better for anyone who shoots video, but that really doesn't matter when you put it up on this olympus camera because the olympus camera has its own stabilization system, and in general, whenever you put a lens with stabilization system on a camera that has a stabilization system, or at least in this case, the camera reverts to its own system and so that's the default system. If you did have another lands that had a really good stabilization system in it, and you wanted to use not the camera but the lens stabilization, there will be a menu option that you can go in and select, use the lenses stabilization system, but you would have to manually turn that on when you put that lens on. Now panasonic has partnered with likea in order to make some of their lenses, and so they've made of a number of very nice lenses. The lens that I have here is thie twenty five one point four lands, and I bought this because I wanted a normal lands for my micro four thirds camera, and I wanted something that was fairly fast, and I wanted something that was fairly nicely built, and one of the thing about these lenses that is really nice is that the focusing is just butter smooth. It is just so nice. It feels like a really well made lens back in the days when they were making manual focus lenses. Now, if you're kind of wondering, was this a panasonic lands because it's got lunatics on it, but it also will say, in some place like up here, a swell who's, making this lens and what's going on is panasonic just making it and throwing them like a badge on it? Well, the matter of the fact the matter is is that it is designed by panasonic. It is built by panasonic, but it goes through a number of quality checks and standards and measurements that are all done by either like equipment or like a approved equipment, so it does meet a higher standard of quality control than the rest of the panasonic year. They also have a forty five macro lens that's, quite nice. They've just introduced a fifteen millimeter wide angle, as well as a portrait forty two point five double that gets you to that traditional eighty five millimeter focal like that. A lot of people, like with that very fast f one point two aperture, which is going to do a very good job blurring the backgrounds a cz well, as you can with the panasonic auto focus lenses now, a few of the other favorites that I'll just kind of give a shout out to is thief fourteen and twenty millimeter. These air little pancake lenses on. Let me hold one up for the camera here you can see that it's. I think it should be called the cookie lands because it's right about the size of like, a perfect little cookie effective, I would call it a small cookie, not even a large cookie it's so flat and small optically they're pretty good there, maybe not the best on the block, but they're good enough for most general purposes and they make this is the white angle. They also have a a slight white angle in twenty couple of other favorite lenses. If you want one big zoom range is the fourteen to one forty it's ah, gonna stretch from nice white angle to pretty good telephoto and it keeps the sharpness and they're pretty well it's a pretty good, well rounded lens. And for anyone who wants a really big zoom, the one hundred to three hundred is going to get you out there about as long as you can get and the great thing about this olympus camera is that you can go back and forth between the olympus and the panasonic lenses I have kind of like the design of most of the panasonic lenses over the olympus lenses at least until the new pro lenses that have come out with olympus now those seem to be quite nice really liking the twelve to forty the ergonomics the way it feels is very important to me I like having a nice smooth manual focusing I like a lens that's got a metal lens mount on it I like having that focusing scale that this house on it and so those pro lenses from olympus are excellent I think the primes from olympus the little primes are really nice but there's a select number of panasonic lenses that are also very good and frankly I just really like having the options I wish those of us who shot cannons and night cons could shoot with lenses from the opposite manufacturer I think that would really mix the game up and be a lot of fun so beyond the olympus and panasonic there's other companies that make lenses one of them of note is white lander they make a siri's eh kind of a slightly wide a normal and a short telephoto that are really, really fast lens is point zero nine five lenses now these lenses air not cheap they're going to sell for about a thousand bucks they're also manual focus on lee, so there is no auto focus on these, but if you are looking for lenses that let in a lot of light available to work under very low light conditions, or to get the shallowest possible depth of field under any conditions, it's really the fastest lens? That air is available out on the market for this camera today. And so I know there's a few people out there using these lenses that air getting some very, very good results, and that kind of brings to a close the tour of the outside of the camera. So let me check in with you, ken, in our viewers and people in the chat room, see if there's any questions that we can address, right? One, let me go back over to the questions and feel to your question. Oh, great! So we've been talking a lot about, you know, how lightweight and portable these cameras are, so if you could only do two lenses when you go travel with this camera, well, the twelve to forty would definitely be the one that I would want to have on their most of the time. I'm very interested to see this new forty two one fifty, but I have a feeling it's going to be a pretty big chunk, and unless you have specific telephoto needs, I think that's going to be pretty heavy and you're going to feel like you're carrying around a dslr. Olympus makes a fourteen to one fifty. This is a lens, this is the forty. This is a panasonic forty five to one fifty, which is quite small and lightweight. My preference would be for the panasonic thirty five to one hundred two point eight and that's just simply because two hundred millimeters is enough for what I generally like to work with. And I really value that two point eight aperture and I think it's a fair bit sharper than this one. But for somebody who really wanted to go lightweight, I like the forty two one fifty from panasonic. If you don't mind a little bit bigger size, I like the panasonic make sure my numbers are right thirty five to one hundred, and so those would be my two favorite options for the telephoto work I'm trying to think of. I would change anything else. No, I really think that this with this camera is just a beautiful set up right there.

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Master the functions of the Olympus® E-M1 in this comprehensive course on this powerful SLR-mirrorless camera.

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John does an excellent job of making the OMD E M1 understandable. His knowledge of the camera and relaxed style clearly and painlessly walk you through the maze of buttons, menus, and functions. He objectively points out the strengths of the camera as well as those things Olympus could of done better. His opinions of the camera are consistent with other knowledgable reviewers, and are consistent with my own (limited) experience. The manual tells you every little thing the camera CAN do. John helps you understand what is important to get the best use of the camera in most situations.