E-PL2 Auto Exposure Bracketing

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Clayton Jones
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E-PL2 Auto Exposure Bracketing
Feb 28, 2011

Working with new E-PL2 received 2 days ago. Have found that the Auto Exposure Bracketing is actually semi-auto. That is, the shots are not fired automatically. The shutter button has to be pressed for each shot. What is automatic is changing the EV level for each shot, and it refrains from displaying the result on screen until after the last one. I use AEB for landscape work on a tripod with the 1/2 sec timer, which makes it extraordinarily slow and cumbersome.

I find it hard to believe that this could be by design, so I'm hoping there is a setting somewhere to change this. I've hunted around but can't find anything. Does anyone know of a solution?

In addition, there is another "I can't believe they did this": The AEB feature is buried in the menu. It takes 16 button presses to turn on AEB to the 3F-1.0 I like to use, 3 presses to take the shots, and another 16 to go back into the menu to turn it off. That's a total of 35 button presses to use the feature. Brilliant. AEB should be in the Live Control menu, or added to the existing single-multiple-timer menu. I suppose that could be done in a firmware upgrade.

I have worked around this to a small degree by creating a saved MySet that has AEB. However it takes 11 button presses to turn on MySet3 (these memory settings ought to be on the Mode Dial like well designed cameras have it). So it reduces the total button presses from 36 to 25. That's an improvement, but it seems like incredibly poor design.

Has anyone found a solution?

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In reply to Clayton Jones, Feb 28, 2011

You need to also enable multi-shot in "drive" mode to get a single press bracket. This behavior is very common among some cameras.

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Re: E-PL2 Auto Exposure Bracketing
In reply to f8_accpmpli, Feb 28, 2011

f8_accpmpli wrote:

You need to also enable multi-shot in "drive" mode to get a single press bracket. This behavior is very common among some cameras.

Thanks for the reply. I assume you mean the "Sequential" setting in the "Single/Sequential/Timer" menu. That does work if you hold the button down. Unfortunately it means I can't use the 1/2 sec timer, which is important to reduce vibration. It also adds 4 button presses to activate it, and four more to reset back to previous setting. That brings the total number of button presses to 43.

In contrast, the G11 (my favorite small sensor camera) has the AEB in the function menu, takes 3 button presses to turn it on. It's already in 1/2 sec timer mode, as that's my normal mode (and is separate from AEB). I press the button, after 1/2 sec it takes the 3 shots, then 3 more button presses to turn it off. Done. It's a beautiful design.

I suppose I could get the remote cable release to avoid vibration, but then I'd have to attach it every time I wanted to use AEB, which is only now and then. It shouldn't take 43 button presses to use a feature, and I shouldn't have to sacrifice the self timer to use AEB. This approach is insane. I hope Olympus designers listen to user feedback.

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In reply to Clayton Jones, Feb 28, 2011

I wonder if you could set this up as a custom mode?

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In reply to FlyPenFly, Feb 28, 2011

FlyPenFly wrote:

I wonder if you could set this up as a custom mode?

Yes, it helps. I added "Sequential" to my custom MySet3, but it still takes 11 button presses to select it and 11 more to reset after taking the picture. 22 is better than 43, but still too much. It would be nice to have AEB on the quick menu and not need to set "Sequential" and sacrifice self timer. Hopefully that could be done with a firmware upgrade.

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Re: E-PL2 Auto Exposure Bracketing
In reply to Clayton Jones, Feb 28, 2011

My E-PL1 did the same. I guess it's a design choice from Olympus. I also agree with you that the shots should fire automatically, or at least give an option to do so.

E-PL2 maybe in better since it can use remote. I'd just purchase the remote to use with it for faster shooting. E-PL1 won't take any, plus it only bracket 1EV, which is way too small of range.

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