OMD severe flash exposure problem

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
John King
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Re: OMD severe flash exposure problem


My brother had the same "problem" using his E-620 + FL-36 last week.

Turns out that he was using centre-spot metering ...
The centre spot was absolutely perfectly exposed - Bugger about the rest of the image(s), about 1.40 stops underexposed ...

I have pointed out to him that one should only use centre-spot metering if that is indicated by the subject, and that centre-weighted average or matrix will usually give (far) better results in most cases. One must be sensitive to the subject matter being photographed, and set the metering mode accordingly. Flash is tricky ...

Having experimented with the conditions I spelled out to him, he now realises that it was user error.

At ISO 100, my E-30 + FL-36R will give 'perfect' exposure at a distance of 9.5 m with my 14~54 MkII set at f/8 and 42 mm (or 54 mm, or at f/11, for that matter).

As others have mentioned sprinkled through the parts of the thread that I have read, the metering mode is the key. At least when you are learning the new camera, I suggest setting the camera on AUTO flash mode, and the flash on TTL AUTO FOURTHIRDS, or whatever it is called on your unit (I don't have the manual to hand for that flash, and it's late here ... ).

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