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Is ISO 100 Possible on the OM DE M5 II?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by larryis1, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. larryis1

    larryis1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 23, 2015
    Southern Nevada, USA
    Larry
    Coming from the Canon world I am accustomed to using ISO 100 outdoors in good lighting. Can ISO 100 be set on this camera? If so, so is it done. Are there any downsides of using ISO 100 on this camera?

    Thanks, Larry
     
  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    If it has a 'low' setting (as my E-M1 does), that will probably be 100.

    There will be a loss in dynamic range at that setting.

    Barry
     
  3. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
    As said before the loss in DR (one stop) should be mostly in the highlights that simply get clipped more easily because they receive too much light.
    I think is not a "software trick" like I've read somewhere: the sensor receive more light and that is the reason for a little less noise and clipping.

    This is based on this article about the E-M10 sensor:

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympus-om-d-e-m10/11

    In the E-M5ii review there is not a similar in depth discussion but I think should apply too and it's worth a read.
     
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  4. larryis1

    larryis1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 23, 2015
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    Larry
    Thank you Klorenzo, very helpful info. and reference material.
     
  5. SpecFoto

    SpecFoto Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jim
    I use ISO 100 all the time, starting about 2-1/2 years ago with the E-M5, then the E-M1 and now E-M5II. I do a lot of model shoots in the hi-desert and beaches and it helps to knock down the ISO to 100 to help gain a stop when shooting wide open, along with ND filters.

    Remember reading at one of the test labs when the E-M5 first came out that they said the ISO actually tested closer to 148+/- than 200. So going to ISO 100 was not a full stop loss in DR, but more like a half-stop. Anyway it has never affected my shots and I have no problem leaving the ISO set to 100 when shooting in full sun.
     
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  6. larryis1

    larryis1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 23, 2015
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    Larry
    Thank you for this added insight. Larry
     
  7. SpecFoto

    SpecFoto Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2012
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    Jim
  8. larryis1

    larryis1 Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 23, 2015
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    Larry
    Wow, that was a very helpful thread. Plus the examples were stunning and inspiring. Thanks, Larry