PEN F Hints and Tips

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Robstar1963, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 10, 2011
    Isle of Wight England UK
    Robert (Rob)
    I thought it would be helpful and informative to existing and new users of various M43 cameras to have a series of 'Hints and Tips' threads
    I would suggest that the threads be limited to and specific to mainly newly or recently released Bodies (older bodies will have already had many threads generated with regard to such matters)
    I would invite entries from anyone wishing to add further information, hints and tips and those wishing to ask specific questions with regard to the operation of each specific model
    It would be helpful if we could please keep the threads on topic without unecessary discussion being added so that they can be used for quick access for operational advice and info.
    We may then have a simple guide for each model rather than several threads for various operational matters
    I don't have a PEN F yet so feel free to kick this one off with an operational question or hint
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  2. toggen

    toggen Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 11, 2016
    Nice idea!
    I have a Olympus Pen F.
    Not any 'Hints and Tips' yet,
    But rather a question; Is the menu system
    very similar to the latest Olympus MFT models?
    If so, we have some tips already!

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  3. Catch22nm

    Catch22nm Mu-43 Regular

    May 10, 2015
    My tip for the pen F is simple

    Make a plan for your custom dials and set them up. it may take an hour to get it perfect but you will save tons of time in your workflow. remember each custom mode myset will also remember which creative dial setting you had selected when you created it. This means I can recall completely different front dial mode prefs for each myset(C1-C4) this way you can instantly be on your favorite modes that fit each type of shooting best

    Here is an example of how I schemed my custom modes

    C1 Every day mode
    -Aperture Priority, S-AF, Raw+JPEG, Single shot, Front dial monochrome: mode 2, Front dial Color: vivid reds and purples.

    C2 Silent (church) mode, Aperture priority, silent shutter, S-AF, Raw+ Jpg, turn off af light, Front dial monochrome: mode 3, Front dial Color: vivid blues

    C3 Action/wildlife A mode, C-Af, Raw, 4 FPS, ""

    C4 long exposure/ Astrophotography, Manual mode, MF, Raw, 20 sec exposure, Iso 1600 , IS off. """"

    These are just examples, make them your own and make this camera work for you!!
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  4. Dogman

    Dogman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 23, 2012
    I just discovered a "hidden" feature in the PEN-F when using adapted lenses. "Hidden" in the sense that it is found buried down deep in the menu system. Before finding this feature, I was inputting the adapted lens focal length into the SCP IS setting each time by using the INFO button...a real pain. I found that in the Custom menu K (Utility) setting, there is an item called, "Lens Info Setting," in which you can create lens information for each of your adapted lenses. That is, add the name of an adapted lens (e.g., Leica Summilux), its focal length (e.g., 35mm), and its max aperture (e.g., 1.4). After you save these settings, you will be able to select the adapted lens name, and it will automatically be used for the IS lens setting. But, first, you must go into Custom menu B (Button/Dial->Button Function) and reassign one of the buttons to "Lens Info Settings." I reassigned the REC video button to "Lens Info Settings," but you can use any assignable button. Then, when I press the REC button, a selection of the lens information will show up, and I can select which adapted lens to use for the IS setting without having to go diving into the menu system. Also, the lens information will show up in the Exif information.

    It takes a little time when you first input each lens information, but I found the result is worth it.
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  5. zx7dave

    zx7dave Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 5, 2013
    This is not necessarily a tip, rather a observation...
    Under Custom Menu "D" Peaking Settings, I chose Red as the highlight color, but I seem to have to put the Highlight Intensity on high when I am shooting in normal to bright daylight otherwise you can't really see the red outline. There is a significant difference between the normal and the high settings. Something I hope will get reviewed in a firmware update because the high outlines so much in red it makes it challenging to get a tight focus. Because of this I find MF a lot more challenging than on a GH4...
  6. Kathie

    Kathie New to Mu-43

    Apr 24, 2016
    I need help. I bought a E-P2 (used), and the salesperson set up the exposure button (to the right of the shutter button, in case I am not calling this button by the correct name) to serve as a toggle between auto focus and manual focus. I am a newbie to this camera! I have searched the manual and on the Internet as to how to simply do this toggle. Can someone please advise? I unwittingly did something to lose the setting. I have used this camera for about 2 weeks now, without any mishap - but tonight, I upset the apple cart. Thank you very much in advance for any help you can give to me.
  7. Welcome to the forum Kathie. As the title indicates, this thread is for the newly released PEN F, not the E-P2 you're having trouble with. Might I suggest that in future you create a new thread under Olympus cameras to seek assistance? You might have better luck finding help that way.

    As for your camera setup, this is just my opinion but if you're not familiar with how to set up your camera, you should probably do a factory reset and leave the control assignments at defaults. Once you become familiar with it you can learn to change the default settings from using the instruction manual.
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  8. Kathie

    Kathie New to Mu-43

    Apr 24, 2016
    Oh, my apologies! I did not realize I was in the wrong section. Thank you! I will seek help elsewhere, perhaps in this forum as you suggest or I just may go back to the store where I got the camera! The settings for the E-M10 and E-M1 (both that I own) are most straightforward in the section for buttons/dial in regard to toggling auto and manual focus.... but not for this E-P2 that I am having trouble with. Again, I am most sorry that I posted here. With kind regards, ~ Kathie
  9. wyluncustoms

    wyluncustoms Mu-43 Rookie

    Mar 25, 2013
    has anyone tried video recording w/ the Pen F yet? When I record, I noticed i cant use the touch screen to focus where i want, and when using S-AF, I can refocus w/ just slightly touching the shutter button, (which I have used many times in older OMD models)

    any help? thanks.
  10. slclick

    slclick Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 1, 2017
    Many things....I love how I can assign a button for bracketing and then assign all 3 Monochrome modes as the 3 bracketed images. Plus as a ML body it only takes one shot! (Yes I come from mirror land) I like how I can turn off the touchscreen but still have the AF area selector active on the screen when I look through the EVF but my left thumb is selecting the focus. I like how I can turn off button which annoyingly get tripped like the flash or whatnot.
  11. Drdul

    Drdul Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    May 16, 2015
    Vancouver, BC
    Okay, now that this thread has been resurrected, I'll add a tip. The eye sensor on the Pen-F viewfinder is located outside the eyepiece to the right, where bright sun can hit it over your right shoulder and prevent the EVF from switching over when you put your eye to the viewfinder. I find that if I stick my right thumb up I can temporarily block the sunlight and activate the EVF, but that's not a real solution. Some people wear a hat with a brim to block the sunlight, but I look like a dork in any hat, so that isn't a solution for me.

    Long-pressing the IOI (Fn2) button (assuming you haven't reassigned it) provides direct access to the EVF auto-switch setting (also accessed in menu J) where you can turn auto-switch off, and then use the button to manually toggle the EVF on and off. I just leave the EVF on with the screen folded into the body. It's not a great solution, but it's the best I can come up with for now.
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  12. GarethB

    GarethB Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 21, 2016
    I've never even thought of this. I don't have my Pen-F with me, but do you know if you can set it to take a Monochrome 2 profile shot aswell as a Colour 2 Profile at the same time as a bracketed shot, or is it limited to only bracket within the Monochrome mode?
    Sometimes it would be nice to take a colour and a black and white version for those times when you can't quite decide what suits the scene better.
  13. slclick

    slclick Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 1, 2017
    It will not work through bracketing but you can shoot in RAW and whenever you use a jpeg setting such as Mono, Art etc, you will import both copies thus giving you a color (RAW) image to work with in post.
  14. GarethB

    GarethB Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 21, 2016
    I actually managed to give it a go, and you can set any of the image profiles in a bracketed shot. So for example you could do Mono 1 + Mono 2 + Colour 2 + Colour Creator + Pop Art I etc... bracketed from the one shot.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2017
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  15. slclick

    slclick Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 1, 2017
    Good to know, thanks!
  16. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Like all Olympus cameras the Pen-F can be complex to setup and so I'll avoid "do-this, do-that" setup advice. However the following should be useful tips that can be adapted to specific needs:

    - The base plate scratches easily, esp on silver finish cameras. Fitting a leather half-case fixes this and also handily gives useful extra grip.

    - CAF is useless. Don't even try to use this camera for action photography.

    - Face detect is great - use it!

    - Don't forget to use the little button to the left of the lens mount (looking from the front). I set it to "back" button focus.

    - If you use legacy lenses, find and use the "Lens Info Settings" since you can setup the lens name, max aperture and focal length. It sets the IBIS too. Assign it to a button if you use multiple legacy lenses frequently.

    - Talking of legacy lenss, focus peaking is OK, but it's not particularly accurate (this is true of all Oly cameras, not just the Pen-F). Oly admit this in their manuals. Use focus magnification, it's much more precise.

    - Touch pad focus point selection is a great feature IMHO, but it can take some getting used to. My advice is to turn it on for several days shooting before abandoning it.

    - ISO 80 delivers notably better noise handling and sharper files. Highlight headroom is a little compromised, but if the subject is not high contrast you'll get better IQ by using it.

    - The shutter does suffer slightly from shutter shock with some lenses. It's much better than some Oly cameras of old (e.g. the E-P5) but nonetheless I'd recommend using 0s anti-shock as the default shutter type. There is also evidence that using "Delay time short" adds an improvement again so unless absolute max battery life is important, I'd suggest using that feature.

    - As with all Oly cameras, the exposure over/under indicators are a fantastic feature and I'd strongly suggest configuring the camera that way as the default viewfinder mode. It allows you to see immediately if there are blown or underexposed areas so you can take a lot of the guesswork out of exposure. IMHO, this is one of THE big advantages of mirrorless. I seldom get badly exposed shots and don't need to worry about exposure bracketing as on prior DSLRs.

    - Finally, grab yourself a small messenger bag like the MirrorlessMover 20 and a small handful of the small primes and you've got a wonderful photographic machine. I can recommend some combination of 12, 17, 25, 45 and 75.

    Hope that helps!
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  17. Drdul

    Drdul Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    May 16, 2015
    Vancouver, BC
    A caution on this. I find that my fingers frequently hit this button as I'm holding the camera, and if that happens to you, too, consider using the button for something less dangerous than focus. The default is Depth of Field preview, which I never used on my E-PL7 only because I didn't have enough buttons, but with the Pen-F I usually shoot with the manual focus clutch on the 17mm f1.8 lens engaged, and I find that DoF preview is quite useful in zone focusing. One more caution is that there is the option in menu D to lock DoF preview so that you have to press the button again to turn it off, which sounds like a good idea, but when I tried this with DoF assigned to the default button beside the lens, my fingers were always hitting it and locking DoF preview on.
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  18. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 29, 2015
    I use the 'magnifying glass" button for back button focus. Seperating the ficus from meter/shutter release is so useful. I'll often run with spot metering and the blinkies , half press, compose, focus, shutter.

    The front button i use to toggle manual focus with peaking and magnify view set up ready to go. Occasionally i accidentally press it but dont have the problems some do.

    I have image review off and usually the lcd closed.

    Half case is a must for me. Holds so much better.

    Forget C-AF. Im not even convinced S-AF is as good as the omd's.

    I love this camera.
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  19. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    It's not.
  20. rezatravilla

    rezatravilla Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2013
    Reza Travilla
    Agreed. I bought the cheap one on ebay.
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