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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 5 of 12

Left Side-Right Side-Bottom-Card Reader-Front-Lenses

John Greengo

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

5. Left Side-Right Side-Bottom-Card Reader-Front-Lenses

Lesson Info

Left Side-Right Side-Bottom-Card Reader-Front-Lenses

Workin our way over to the left side of the camera. We have a better view of the diopter which controls the focusing of the viewfinder. On the right side of the camera, we have a little door that opens up that gives us access to our multi-connector which is gonna be our way of connecting up to the computer for downloading images or updating software. This is also where we can plug in the remote control. The RM-UC1 sells for about 40 some dollars, so if you wanna fire the camera without touching the camera, without using the self-timer, this is the remote that you wanna get. If you wanna hook your camera up to a t.v. for doing a slide show, showing movies, or still shots from it, you're gonna wanna connect up to the HDMI connector. On the bottom of the camera we have your serial numbers, you can jot that down for insurance purposes, standard tripod socket. And this camera does have an optional metal grip, the ECG-3. That's gonna sell for about $60 or so if you want a little better grip ...

on the camera. It gives you a little bit more finger purchase area so that you got a nice, solid grip on the camera. We of course have our battery and memory card door in here. And the camera comes supplied with a battery charger that comes with a big old cable on it. And I've always found this cable a bit annoying. I prefer the travel charger styles. And so one of the kind of annoying things about this little charger is that if you want to charge it you have to plug in the cord over here on the side of the charger. You get this big long cord that you gotta carry around with you everywhere. And the little adapter that you can get that solves this problem, and it's called a duck head, is a little piece that you just plug in right here. And let me turn this up. And do you see the duck head there, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack? And so then you can plug this unit straight into the wall. And these are Apple adapters but Apple doesn't sell them. But there's a ton of Chinese knockoff companies. And it's not exactly the most complicated piece of electronics here. And so I went in on eBay and I just found somebody who was selling the for, like, three bucks a head. Duck head, three bucks a head. And they've been working fine. It's not as smooth as the Apple connectors but it saves me from having to pull out that large cord all the time. And so that's a duck head, not a duck face, that's something different. You can check that out on the internet if you want. So you wanna look for a duck head. The memory card slot is of course where you're gonna put your SD memory cards. And so uses the most common memory card on the market. There is a lock switch on the left hand side so if for some reason you were to put a card in and it was unable to write information to it, check where that lock position is at. The size of the card is gonna indicate whether it's an SD, or HC, or XC version of the card, just different sizes of the cards. If you shoot a lot of pictures very, very quickly, you wanna look at the maximum speed. The higher that speed is, the faster your camera can write information to the card, and the faster that information can be downloaded to your computer. For those who shoot video, the minimum speed is a little bit more necessary. This is the constant write speed that your camera can handle. If you do shoot a lot of videos with this camera, you're gonna probably wanna get a card that's class ten or faster, so that would be class Class10, UHS one, or UHS three. For using the memory cards, while you can download directly from the camera to the computer, it is a relatively slow process and so I would recommend getting a card reader or plugging the card directly into the computer. It'll download two to three times faster in that case. Lookin around to the front side of the camera. We have a self-timer/AF illuminator here that can be turned on or off if you don't like it. We do have our lens release for mounting our lens on and off. The camera itself has a 16 megapixel sensor. It is known as a four thirds sensor and has a 2x crop when we're comparing it to to full frame sensors. We'll see our CPU contacts which connect up to our lens contacts and when we are mounting our lenses we're looking at that attachment mark for the lenses. So let's quickly take my lens on and off here just to show you. And so simply a press of the button on the side of the camera. We're gonna rotate. And then you'll see the electronic contacts for the camera and the lens in here. And our red mounting mark, and we'll also have a red mounting mark on the lens. So we just simply mount that up, and give it a little turn and it gives a click in and it's locked in. Don't wanna leave that exposed for too long because dust can get in on the sensor and that's gonna cause a problem on our photographs. So either keep a lens on it or keep a body cap on that camera if there's no lens on it. While we're talkin about lenses let's talk a little bit about some of the Olympus lenses. One of the things that you can do for manual focusing is you can adjust which direction it focuses to get to infinity to match up either with Nikon, Canon, or other systems. Whatever you're comfortable with you can change the direction of the focusing ring by jumping into the custom menu and making the adjustment. Some of the lenses, like the 12-40 here will have a lens function button on it. So this is a function button that you can program to do a wide variety of different things. And it's gonna be located on some of the more expensive and higher end lenses from Olympus. Some of them will have focusing rings with distance scales. Many of the will not. The hood mount is there to prevent light from hitting the front part of the lens which will give you better contrast and better image quality. And each lens has it's own specific lens hood so it's very hard to share lens hoods between lenses. Each of the lenses, most all of them, have the ability of putting on additional filters and they come in pretty standard sizes. This one is 62 but it varies from lens to lens. The basic zooms that you might end up with is the little pancake 14- which is the smallest zoom they make. It's a very nice and small lens, but optically speaking it's not the strongest lens they make. They do make a standard 14- which is gonna be a little bit better optically. And probably the most popular second lens that people get is the telephoto add on lens, the 40-150, which is gonna be very good for subjects that are further away like sports and wildlife type action. Olympus makes many great lenses and some of the favorite lenses out there from a lot of people is the prime lenses that are slightly wide, the 17, the 25, which is the normal lens, or the portrait lens which is the 45, 1.8. Those are all really popular and nice lenses that I think work really well on this camera. I recently got on here the 17 on this and it's just so incredibly small. I really like this lens. It a nice general purpose lens. It's got a nice manual focus ring. I can just pull the ring back for manually focusing, or go forward for auto focusing. And it even has a little tiny depth of field scale right here at the top. That is really nice for anyone who's doing street photography. But makes that a very small, lightweight package on that camera. And so beyond those three lenses they also make a number of very high end professional lenses which work perfectly well on the camera but they get to be kinda large cause this is a really tiny camera. And so they have some great, very fast 2.8 aperture lenses which are really nice in quality. I think Olympus is just doing a fantastic job with their lens quality these days. They're really puttin out some really nice stuff. So that has taken us from the top, the back, all around the sides so we have completely covered the outside of the camera. And that is your camera control section.

Class Description

Dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential.

In this fast start, you’ll learn:

  • How to use the autofocus system
  • How to use and customize the menus
  • How to use the Mark II’s video capabilities
This fast start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Mark II’s settings to work for your style of photography.


George Vergottis

Greetings I joined the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Fast Start class under Mr. Greengo. I have been using this camera for about 7 months and thought I could handle it well. This class taught me so many aspects of the camera from the word go. Very clear concise but illuminating with well placed illustrations and photos for easy understanding by all. Mr Greengo's English was very precise and clear even though he had to speak fast to cover all of the important aspects within a set time. The advice pass over was clearly from a person who was a master of his subject. I enjoyed the class very much and have signed up for more classes on Creativelive and photography my the same instructor. Well done Sir and thank you for your good advice. I recommend this class to all who have decided to reward themselves with this little miracle camera this Christmas.

a Creativelive Student

John is one of my favorite instructors and I really enjoyed this class. Just got this camera after Christmas and I'm loving it so far and can't wait to get out and use it more. Love Creativelive and thank you for all the wonderful classes!

Ray Bohn

Using the camera for a few weeks before jumping in really helped me to understand all the instruction. Based on the course, I feel much more comfortable with deciding which functions I will use and which to forget about, at least for now. Based on my utilization of the many lessons, I feel that the content was just about right for me. The instructor used good judgement when determining how much time to spend on every element. The parts that he spent less time discussing was still enough information for a student to learn on their own (homework is good!). Going back into the lessons to review an area has been very easy. I am sure I will be accessing this course for some time. There were a few areas that didn't seem to match up with my camera, but I plan to do some investigating into software version differences and what I may have done incorrectly before I jump to whiplash causing conclusions. The "Fast Start" title bothered me at first. I have seen presentations that are called tutorials which appeared to be simply sales hype. Based on my experience, you have a winner. I hope that I can find additional courses from this group that are of interest to me. Thank you for all the work that you put into this presentation, Raymond Bohn A Greatful old film guy