Brand new E-pl3: some questions

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by elandel, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy

    Just bought a brand new white E-PL3. Have a few questions.

    Will the clip-on flash work with all Olympus m4/3 cameras? I have an EP2 so it would be good to use it on this one.

    Which are the best settings for getting the best OOC jpegs? Just because I don't shoot raw.

    Other hints for fine tuning the camera?

    Thank you.
  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Unfortunately no. :(  It only works on the Lite and Mini... I'm not sure about the E-P3.

    The flash you'll notice doesn't even have a standard flash trigger contact, it only has the plug-in for the accessory port. It's really made just to be a pop-up replacement and a Remote Flash Commander for the new Mini bodies, not to be a hotshoe flash. I bet the new one on the OM-D will be interchangeable with the Mini and Lite, though!

    I tried this myself on the E-PL2 because I wanted to see if I could get both flashes going at the same time for double-fill (just out of curiosity). :)  They did physically fit together, but the clip-on flash does not have the hotshoe contact and would not fire just through the accessory port.

    I like the default settings on the Natural picture setting, myself. :)  Some turn the sharpness down a step, some turn the saturation up a step. The picture mode I would probably avoid though is iEnhance. It can turn out nice, but it's too processed for my taste.

    Go into Setup => Sprockets => Color/WB => Keep Warm Colors and turn that OFF. As long as you leave that off, then your camera can automatically adjust for indoor lighting and you won't need to resort to the incandescent preset.
    If you don't see the Sprockets menu, then first go to Setup => Wrench => Menu Display and turn the Sprockets ON.

    Also, in order to access your shooting options quickly go to Setup => Sprockets => Disp/PC => Control Settings and for every mode turn Live Guide and Live Control to OFF, then turn SCP (Super Control Panel) to ON in every mode.
    When you return to shooting, you will then be able to press OK and get a one-screen quick menu of all your essential shooting options. If another menu pops up (ie, like Remote Commander, Art, or Scene menus) then just press INFO and it'll cycle you back to SCP.

    You might also want to unlock your turn dial by going to Setup => Sprockets => Button/Dial => ۞ Lock and set that to OFF.

    If you want sharper images, then go to Setup => Sprockets => Color/WB => Noise Filter and set that to OFF.

    Also, you might want to take a photo and compare the monitor brightness of the same photo on your camera's playback screen and your computer monitor. The E-PL2 and newer tends to have an over-bright monitor so the images may look alright on the screen but come out underexposed when you open the file on your computer. So if the image doesn't match your computer screen, you can adjust your camera's screen brightness by going to Menu => Wrench and look for an icon that looks like this: View attachment 192501
    I actually have all my PEN cameras set all the way down to -7 to match my print-calibrated computer screen.

    You may also want to consider Back-Button AutoFocus, which is a setup I've used on every digital Olympus camera I've had from DSLR to PEN.

    Rather than me explaining the advantages of back-button focus I'll link you to a handy Canon article on the matter (Canon actually made the first camera which was capable of this): Canon DLC: Article: Back-Button Auto Focus Explained
    The key points are that it allows you to pre-focus without the camera re-focusing on shutter release (which many cameras have a tendency to do even if you use the half-press of the shutter) giving you faster and less frustrating AF, and it separates AutoFocus, AutoExposure, and Shutter Release into 3 separate functions so you have full control over each. This way you don't have to meter off the same subject you focus on.

    So if you decide that's for you, then here are the steps to set it up:

    Go to Menu => Sprocket => Button/Dial => AEL/AFL. There you can set Single AF, C-AF, and MF modes. Mode 3 is the one that assigns any of those AF types to the back-button. If you set MF to Mode 3, then that will still give you MF capabilities with the focus ring, but will add S-AF capabilities to the back-button. If you set C-AF to Mode 3, that will give you continuous AF as long as you hold down the back-button. You can also set S-AF to Mode 3, but in my opinion this is senseless if you have MF set to to Mode 3. You get S-AF + MF by using MF Mode 3 anyways. I just leave S-AF to the default Mode 1 just in case I ever for whatever crazy reason want to go back to shutter-focus. But I never do. ;) 

    Next, after you have your AF modes set, all you need to do is assign your AFL button, which will be your back focus button. On the PEN cameras this is in Menu => Sprocket => Button/Dial => Button Function, but this is the one part that can vary between models. For instance, on my old E-System cameras there was only one AFL button but it could be swapped to the Fn button so you had two choices instead (if I remember, I think the E-P1 was the same). With the newer PEN cameras your possibilities are much more expandable! The E-P3 has the most customizable buttons yet. On my PEN cameras I set the big red Direct-to-Video button to AFL as my back-button.

    Of course, you then need to go through your regular control panel to set your camera to use one of the AF types that you have set to Mode 3, or use Menu => Sprocket => AF/MF => AF Mode to do that.

    (In case you're wondering... this is all copy/pasted from my other posts... Somebody PMed me a setup question earlier so I gathered them together, lol.)
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  3. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Thank you Ned.
  4. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    First pics with E-pl3

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  5. elandel

    elandel Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 16, 2010
    Milan, Italy
    Has anyone tried stitching photos in panorama mode? Have you tips?
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