Thursday, February 27, 2014

Second Day with the E-M5

The second reason I bought the E-M5, was to replace my dying Panasonic G1, which has a broken card slot, so that I can use some of my c-mount lenses again. The G1 has a 16GB Kodak memory card stuck in there permanently. Still works, but annoying to get the pictures out through the cable.

But, allow me to get a few things off my chest; things that bothers me with the E-M5.

The combination of a high base ISO of 200, and the limited maximum shutter speed of 1/4000s pose problems shooting with large aperture lenses during the day.  Version 2.0 of the firmware for the E-M5 added ISO 100 (as LOW) but this can not be used in auto-iso as default, which is stupid, me thinks.

Another oversight for the E-M5, I think, is the focal length of manual focus lenses are not written to the EXIF.  Seriously, the focal length is already there when setting up the Image Stabilization for manual focus lenses.  Why is this focal length not part of the EXIF?  The ancient Pentax K10D did it. It would have been very helpful in identifying what lens was used after the shoot.

The last gripe I have, is that the E-M5 favours higher ISO instead of lower shutter speed. I don't understand it, even with a focal length of 24mm, it chooses to use ISO 6400 with a shutter speed of 1/125s. The stabilization is so good in this camera, one can use 1/focal length and still get sharp pictures.

Sorry you have to hear my whining about the E-M5.  I want to get these out of the way so that I can start enjoy it from now on :)  I do love this little camera.

Bokeh - Olympus E-M5 & JML 25mm f0.95 TV Lens @ f0.95. Click for larger.


  1. One thing that I would suggest on the ISO issue is to set the maximum ISO you're willing to you in AUTO lower than 6400. You can set it to just about anything. Mine is set up so that when in AUTO ISO, the camera can't go above ISO1600.