Auto White balance error E5

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Oly E10 Contributing Member • Posts: 553
Auto White balance error E5

Not the first time I've had this "error". The white balance being way off.

I took a series of 40+ photos and all exhibited this blue cast.

Obviously a white balance situation. I noticed this blue cast in the first photo

that I took, so I turned the camera off, hoping that a reboot would set my Auto WB back to

normal. no such luck.

Approx 45 minutes later I went out again and took a series of photos, same camera, same lens

and the Auto WB was spot on. The only changes I'd made were shutter speed and f stop.

Anyone else have this happening?

Blue image shot approx 45 mins before the other one.



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Rriley
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Re: Auto White balance error E5

hard to say much that will be positive
seems like it flipped to tungsten WB

never happened to me in any camera
could be indicative of a problem that will get worse
I guess you have to wait and see, but consider what warranty you have left if any

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IanDavis Regular Member • Posts: 417
Re: Auto White balance error E5

I've had AWB errors with the E-5 on occasion where one shot was spot on and the other wasn't. Not sure what the cause was in that scenario.

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Timskis6 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,562
Re: Auto White balance error E5

On the E-1, the external WB sensor was very close to the shutter, so much so that when wearing gloves the glove could partially or completely cover the WB sensor, leading to highly inaccurate results.

I didn't have this issue on the E-3, however, never used the E-5 but might be something to consider.

Perhaps disable the external WB sensor and just use TTL for WB, and see if it solves your issue.

Cheers,

Oly E10 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 553
Re: Auto White balance error E5

Timskis6 wrote:

On the E-1, the external WB sensor was very close to the shutter, so much so that when wearing gloves the glove could partially or completely cover the WB sensor, leading to highly inaccurate results.

I didn't have this issue on the E-3, however, never used the E-5 but might be something to consider.

Perhaps disable the external WB sensor and just use TTL for WB, and see if it solves your issue.

Cheers,

Have to say I was "glove-less" taking pictures this morning it really wasn't that cold.

I have today tried taking pictures with the WB sensor covered by a finger and can't

honestly say it made a great deal of difference to the end product. I would have thought it

would have, but no.

Disable the external WB sensor, how?

I've had the E5 for just over a year, and this I guess is about the 3rd time I've had this problem.

Intermittent problems are always the difficult ones to solve.

Thanks for your input.

Peter in Canada.

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Timskis6 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,562
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Interesting and good to know your experiences with covering the external WB sensor on the E-5.

In the E-5 manual it looks like there's a setting to activate or inactivate the use of the external WB sensor:

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Re: pg 117

Timskis6 wrote:

Interesting and good to know your experiences with covering the external WB sensor on the E-5.

In the E-5 manual it looks like there's a setting to activate or inactivate the use of the external WB sensor:

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Thanks for the info. I'll check that option out as soon as possible.

Once again thanks.

Peter in Canada.

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Re: pg 117

I see some light on the ground on the first image. At what time the photo was taken?

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Re: pg 117

VortacPhotos wrote:

I see some light on the ground on the first image. At what time the photo was taken?

Indeed the "blue" photo was taken before the "normal" photo.

Not sure the street lights would cause the WB to be that far off.

Could I be wrong? A possibility I guess.

I think I will experiment with a series of photos with street lights on to see if I get the same

effect.

Taken times of the photos are in the EXIF.

EXIF pops up for me if I hover my mouse over the photo.

Thanks for your input.

Peter in Canada.

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petrbur Senior Member • Posts: 1,127
Re: Auto White balance error E5

Oly E10 wrote:

.....The only changes I'd made were shutter speed and f stop.

But there was the Mother Nature who did one big change as well. An evidence about that change is quit obvious precisely from the shutter speed / f-stop differences in your pictures

The SUNRISE !

Blue image shot approx 45 mins before the other one.



Those blue-casted pictures you shot at 6:45 local time, just 10 minutes before sunrise (assuming you are still in Ontario, Canada, where sunrise was 06:55 local time on February, 28th).

The second photo was taken at 7:27, well after sunrise.

Well, I can't guarantie I'm right, but IMHO the chalenging light conditions before sunrise, with influence from artifical light such as street lamps, was the main - and probably only one - reason, why you got consistently "wrong" white balance with your first shooting serie. WB on E-5 normaly goes well, but one can't expect a miracle in such conditions...

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Oly E10 OP Contributing Member • Posts: 553
Re: Auto White balance error E5

petrbur wrote:

Oly E10 wrote:

.....The only changes I'd made were shutter speed and f stop.

But there was the Mother Nature who did one big change as well. An evidence about that change is quit obvious precisely from the shutter speed / f-stop differences in your pictures

The SUNRISE !

Blue image shot approx 45 mins before the other one.



Those blue-casted pictures you shot at 6:45 local time, just 10 minutes before sunrise (assuming you are still in Ontario, Canada, where sunrise was 06:55 local time on February, 28th).

The second photo was taken at 7:27, well after sunrise.

Well, I can't guarantie I'm right, but IMHO the chalenging light conditions before sunrise, with influence from artifical light such as street lamps, was the main - and probably only one - reason, why you got consistently "wrong" white balance with your first shooting serie. WB on E-5 normaly goes well, but one can't expect a miracle in such conditions...

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I'm going to try another series before sunrise and see if I get the same "blue" images.

Thanks for your input.

I agree the E5 WB is normally very reliable indeed.

Peter in Canada.

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