Yet another OM-D vs. GH3 thread

Started Jan 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
richarddd Senior Member • Posts: 2,982
Re: From someone who has both OMD and GH3

gtravis wrote:

richarddd wrote:

The 14x focus box is the smallest on the camera. If that's too big, I don't see a solution.

Is that the one you have to get to through an elaborate dance with pushing multiple buttons before each picture? Forgive me if there is an easier way -- I've read a lot of the stuff on here about getting a decently small focus box and I'm probably missing something, but I haven't been able to get one as small as the smallest on the GH1/2/3 to pop up every time I hit the shutter. It seems to be a common issue based on the number of comments here about it.

I have my E-M5 set up so that if you touch the focus ring it switches to a magnified view in which you can rotate the main dial to change to size of the focus box and can use the arrow keys to move the focus point. Very easy. The only problem is if you accidentally touch the focus ring.

I don't remember which settings do this, but it's somewhere in this forum. With luck someone will know the right settings.

The camera shouldn't override your focus point location, unless you've turned on face detection or the like.

No, double checked and face detection / etc. are definitely not on. Could it be that the camera automatically moves the focus point from the user's selection if it can't get a focus lock at that point (but can somewhere else?). I'll play a bit.

As far as I know, it shouldn't move if you have the right settings. Playing is likely the best solution, unless someone pipes up with a suggestion.

If the processor is first showing the jpg, then its interpretation of the raw, the picture will suddenly look worse, reflecting Aperture's default raw settings for the camera. In LR (the processor I use), you could set up a preset to boost contrast and saturation on import, so that the image pops, then adjust from there. Can you do that in Aperture?

Yes, I am pretty sure you can. The subject makes me a bit grumpy however as I'd much rather be taking pictures than screwing with the raw processing defaults in Aperture / LR / Whatever. My philosophy, which doesn't appear to be shared by many and certainly not the photo processing software folks, is that the default RAW rendition out of a camera should be at least as good as the camera's own JPEG rendition. Just as a starting point.

I suppose it doesn't ultimately matter if the problem is with Aperture or the camera.

The raw processor creators choose what they want for a default and they may well not agree with you as to the best starting point.

It may be worth fiddling a bit with Aperture to find some more pleasing default setting, then see if you can use that as a default.

There's a long thread here with someone's favorite default settings for the E-M5 in LR, which shows that others disagree with the processor's creators as to the best default settings.

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