Once in a year opportunity : ) .... messed up. : (

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Re: Once in a year opportunity : ) .... messed up. : (

Florida Nature Photographer wrote:

yyr wrote:

Florida Nature Photographer wrote:

yyr wrote:

I know that it's not the purpose of your post but it's always worth remembering that the camera has an Auto function and I'm often surprised at what a good job it can do. Sometimes, when out with friends and in conversation or if a 'seize the moment' opportunity arises I will use Auto rather than faff about for the right settings and miss the shot. I know that it's probably a sign of weakness but there you have it.

I just tried your idea in all different lighting situations around the house. The E-M1 seemed to be stuck on f2.8 and never went above ISO 1600. In a dark spot in my garage it blinked indicating it couldn't get proper exposure but still was at ISO 1500. I thought it might be set to go no higher than that so I went into the menu and the item to set the ISO range was greyed out.

Is your experience different with Intelligent Auto on the E-M1?

Hi Florida. I have the EM5 but I don't imagine there's much difference. The point of Auto is that the camera makes all the decisions about which settings to use. That means ISO, aperture and shutter speed. You cannot set anything. and this is not a camera specific thing. All cameras have an auto setting.

I've just taken the EM5 into a dark bedroom with a tiny bit of ambient light from the lamp in the room next door. It took a not too bad photo with the following settings ISO 1600 F2 and a shutter speed 1.6 seconds. It's not what I would choose but perfectly OK when the situation calls for it. You may have a limit set on your ISO - check the gear menu I'm fairly sure there is a 'maximum ISO' setting somewhere in the camera. It's not something I use but I do remember seeing it.

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Yaelle

Thanks for your response. I obviously wasn't clear in my initial message that the option to set the maximum ISO was greyed out in IA. On the E-M1 I can set an upper and lower limit.

None-the-less I was thinking that using IA might be a good way for me to learn what are good setting in specific circumstances. However, if it is always going to use f2.8 and never go above ISO 1600 even when it it blinking warning that the exposure if not good, then it is of limited value for that purpose.

Still good for what you proposed, being a quick, I don't have time to think situation.

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Florida

Just have a bit of a play around and check the manual. Re-reading your post I may have misunderstood. The reason why maximum ISO is greyed out is probably because the camera ignores any of these settings when in auto mode. In the manual it should tell you what you can and cant do in each mode. To be honest I don't generally use it in low light - more when we are out and about with friends who would get bored if I keep stopping to fiddle around. If you cant get it to work maybe post a separate thread.

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