is it possible to use the GM-1 with the standard 12-32mm lens for night photography and the Aurora? My attempts so far have been null. The manual doesnt say much. Is there general settings to use for night time?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Honestly, just using the built in modes so far. I have no idea where to start with manual adjustments. It's been years since i've done it at uni \$\endgroup\$ Dec 13, 2014 at 20:30

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Is it possible?

It should be. The GM1 is a m4/3 and while that's not large it's a lot better than what's in a compact or a phone.

A quick search om Flickr turned up this one. The settings say F3.2, 30sec and ISO 800. You should be able to match that.

The standard recipe would be:

  • use a tripod
  • enable saving as RAW
  • use manual focus
  • use manual exposure settings (full opening and max shutter time)
  • set the ISO manually. Maybe 1 or 2 steps below maximum.
  • set it off with the self-timer

The exposure time usually has a maximum of 30 or 60 seconds. When the picture is too bright, use a shorter time.

Do take a lot of pictures with longer/shorter times and higher/lower ISO.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, Thats what i was after. Now to find a tripod in Norway! \$\endgroup\$ Dec 13, 2014 at 20:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can be provided for: "Included: Aurora chasing, free portrait, photo workshop, photo guide, hot meal, hot drinks, warm winter suit, boots, tripod, transport, crampons, head lamp, hand & foot warmers, and possibility to rent a camera. Duration: 8-10 hours" \$\endgroup\$ Dec 13, 2014 at 23:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ OTOH, it seems the folks who chase the northern lights prefer fast lenses. The 12-42 can do it, but a 12/2 would be better, and you'd get a wider view with a Samyang/Rokinon 7.5 fisheye. \$\endgroup\$
    – inkista
    Dec 14, 2014 at 16:36

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