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Suffering zooming issue with Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk III

Your Olympus is a Micro Four Thirds camera. Without going into all the technical details, this means that the sensor in the camera is smaller than the 'standard' full-frame sensors found in some other ...
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Black smudges during long exposure shots? What are these called and why are they there?

Not a problem with your equipment. They are reflections of the clouds. Non-smooth water will cause vertical smears. The effect is subtle here, but it is more obvious when the sun is reflected. Why ...
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OM-D EM1 Mark II file transfer to Windows XP?

Keep in mind that the memory card in the camera is just a standard removable data storage device, and the photos on the memory card are just standard files. You don't need any special software to ...
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OM-D E-M5 Takes One Photo, struggles, Shuts Off

Just wanted to put my experience out there. Had this identical problem which is why I found this discussion. Determined to test everything in a hope to get it working I found a solution which worked ...
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OM-D E-M5 Takes One Photo, struggles, Shuts Off

Just to complete this - my camera went to Olympus AU who diagnosed a faulty shutter mechanism. they tell me that is a replacement not a repair - but I think these service centres are lazy when it ...
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Does the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II use the same battery as the previous version?

Yes, they both use the same battery type. The E-M10 comes with a BLS-5 and the E-M10II comes with a BLS-50. They are equivalent as you can see in Power Supplies for OM-D / PEN series cameras. You can ...
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How to calculate the new focal length when usng a lens mount adapter

Lens mount adapters increase the pool of available lenses we are able to mount on any particular camera body. Adapters are basically mechanical coupling devices; however, some also couple electrical ...
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Camera calls some ISO settings extended, but the technical specifications do not

Because "tech specs" are sales and marketing documents meant to fulfill checkbox requirements or look good in comparisons. Calling out some of the ISO range as limited or specialized does not advance ...
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What is 5-axis optical stabilisation? How does it work?

Olympus has a video explaining it. They show all axis with each one designed to compensate for a type of movement. It is an evolution of sensor-shift stabilization: Originally, when Konica-Minolta ...
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What is 5-axis optical stabilisation? How does it work?

Of the three dimensions you are thinking about (left-right, up-down, fore-aft) only two are at all relevant except in macro photography. For-and-aft is not one of the axes of stabilization since it ...
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Focus in night photography

Here are a couple of possibilities: When I try focusing with the electronic viewfinder I find it helpful to zoom in on the live view. (Not sure if your camera can do that) Depending on your scene, ...
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How does the White Balance preview work on the OM-D E-M1?

...and it is not covered in the official manual. Well, actually it is (see page 52 of the English manual), and you are well under way. I was intrigued and tried it, and it worked when I used the ...
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What are Olympus' best in-camera Jpg settings for facebook

I would recommend that you continue to use the highest resolution and the lowest compression settings. Reason for this is so that you have a high-resolution copy just in case you want to make prints. ...
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OM-D E-M5 Takes One Photo, struggles, Shuts Off

Problem: OM-D camera shuts down immediately after taking a picture Solution: Use shooting modes that skip the first curtain cycle Both the "Silent" and "Anti-Shock" on my E-M5ii skip the first ...
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Remove spot on sensor Olympus OM-D E-M10

There is no single best way to clean the sensor of a digital camera. To put it more precisely, which way is better can depend on a number of variables. The most significant variable, by a fairly large ...
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How to resolve error "-.-" and not able to take pictures on an Olympus OM-D E-M10?

Start with the usual suspects: Turn off the camera and remove the battery. Let the camera sit overnight. Replace with a fully charged battery, turn the camera on, and see if the problem still ...
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OM-D E-M5 Takes One Photo, struggles, Shuts Off

This happened to my E-520 the other year. I'd take one picture normally but after a second capture the card light would blink until I switched the camera off. When I restarted the camera both pictures ...
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Motion activated shutter built in to Olympus cameras?

The camera does not have this ability. You will need a separate motion trigger, sometimes called lightning triggers. Many of the available triggers can also be triggered by loud sounds. Some of the ...
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How do I get both subject and background in focus at the same time with my (µ4/3) prime lens?

I don't know if I can set the camera's focus to infinity to avoid the blurring effect when I don't want. For example, when I want to take a picture that both background and subject is clear. Currently ...
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Can I mount a ring flash to the kit lens of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II?

No, on this particular lens. The ring flash would use the filter thread which is positioned around the front lens. The ring flash would add weight on the tip of the lens. Since the lens is a small ...
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Do Olympus OM-D cameras count two shutter cycles per exposure in single shooting?

To my knowledge, Olympus cameras use a combination of mechanical and electronic shutters. I doubt that they would use the mechanical shutter twice as you described. If nothing else, it would be quite ...
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What are the different picture qualities in the Olympus OM-D E-M10II?

The letter on the left stands for Large, Medium, or Small, with respect to JPEG output dimensions, and the letters on the right stand for Fine or Normal JPEG compression quality. The "+RAW" options ...
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Should I get extension tubes or a close-up macro converter for macro photography?

The distance from the lens to film/digital sensor is a variable based on subject distance. When the camera lens focuses on a far distant object (infinity – a far as the eye can see symbol ∞) the ...
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How do I turn off the LCD and EVF during timelapse on Olympus OM-D E-M1?

After reviewing the OM-D E-M1 user manual for firmware version 4.0, there appears to be no way to turn off both the LCD and EVF.
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Olympus E-M10 Mark II - Auto Focus Point Lock

I found the answer...thanks all. The answer lies in setting the Home position of the AF grid to the middle position (or whatever position you want as Home), then assigning the Home position to a Fn ...
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What's the reason for the different P-mode shutter speeds between the electronic and the mechanical shutter on the Olympus M10 ii?

Yes, there is a very valid reason. Mirrorless cameras typically have an electronic first shutter curtain and a choice between electronic and mechanical shutter for the second curtain. First, you ...
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How can I display the 'settings menu' in the viewfinder on the Olympus OM-D E-M5?

I had this exact problem with the OM-D E-M5 Mk 2. After resigning myself to not being able to change the settings in menu (this meant setting date and time too), I found that if you hold the EVF ...
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How can I display the 'settings menu' in the viewfinder on the Olympus OM-D E-M5?

There should be an evf/lv button near the eye piece.Keep pressing that until the evf lights up. Alternatively you can use a mini hdmi lead and patch it through to a monitor or tv in order to get to ...
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How to resolve error "-.-" and not able to take pictures on an Olympus OM-D E-M10?

Is the -.- at the bottom supposed to be a lens aperture? In which case this would mean that there is no lens or the lens is not detected (bad contacts in the mount, or defective lens or lens not ...
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Remove spot on sensor Olympus OM-D E-M10

It is not a very good idea to just clean the sensor with a cotton swab and some alcohol. In cameras with interchangeable lenses like your Olympus there is NO glass in front of the sensor and the ...
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