Typos and Fixes:
Although a half-dozen of us pore through every word of my books looking for typos and goofs before they go to press, I’ve learned that, as careful as we are, we’re no match for the 20,000 or so eagle-eyed readers who (I hope) read each of my photography guides from cover to cover. Vendors make changes to their products, firmware is updated, or I discover something new about a particular camera, too. If you’re looking for updates, corrections, and fixes, you’ll find them here.
You may discover that not every typo listed is present in your copy of my book; as soon as we receive an alert, every verified error is corrected for all future printings and editions. So, with any luck, your copy has already been amended. If, by chance, you discover a typo that is not listed here, the reason that it is not shown is that nobody has reported it to me yet. Please do so! Leave a comment here, and I’ll not only make the fix, but I’ll respond directly to you.
The list below includes all corrections that have already been made to future printings of the books noted.
Olympus OM-D E-M1: This fixes have been made in the book for future printings.
(with special thanks to Bob Felice)
Page 16 Step 2
“Press the down arrow and rotate the front dial (near the shutter release button on the top of the camera) once to the left to highlight the Setup menu.”
You have to press the down arrow 5 times to reach the Setup menu (but since the Setup menu is the last item in the list, you could also press the up arrow once, which would be a lot quicker). You can also navigate to a menu by rotating the rear dial, which would be faster than repeatedly pressing the down arrow.
Page 32, Figure 2.11
“Metering Modes (top: left to right): Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Center-weighted”
The EM-1’s metering modes are Digital ESP metering, Center weighted averaging metering, Spot metering, Spot metering-Highlight, and Spot metering-Shadow.
Page 33 Using the Self-Timer
“Press the drive/button…”
Typo: this should be “drive button”. Actually, the button is described on page 52 as the Sequential Shooting/Timer/HDR button. Olympus calls it the Sequential Shooting/Self-Timer/HDR button.
Page 37 Figure 2.13
A recent software update added 1 second Anti-Shock, 2 second Anti-Shock, 12 second Anti-Shock, and Anti-Shock options. The update was released several months after the book went to press.
Step 4. After turning the camera on, the camera displays a menu, consisting of Storage, MTP, Print, or Exit (the camera can be set to default to one of these via Menu D, USB Menu). For most applications, select Storage and press the OK button. For or Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 Windows Photo Gallery, select MTP and press the OK button.
The “USB port” label actually identifies the HDMI port. The label should actually read “multi-connector” and should point to the lower port.
Page 51 Arrow Keys – Touch Screen Lock
The text describes the White Balance function.
If you assign the Touch Screen Lock function to an arrow key, when the arrow key is pressed, the touch panel toggles between enabled and disabled.
Page 66 Green sidebar
“…and exploring some advanced techniques like trap focus…”
Trap focus is not now supported by the E-M1.
Page 72 F/Stops and Shutter Speeds
“…and I realize that many soon-to-be-ambitious photographer do purchase the E-M1 as their first digital SLR)…”
Should have said “first digital interchangeable lens camera.”
Page 71 How the Olympus E-M1 Calculates Exposure
“…and is bounced up by the mirror to sensors located near the focusing surface…”
Since the EM-1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, it does not have a mirror.
Page 77 Choosing a Metering Method
Hi Spot should be Spot metering-highlight.
Shadow Spot should be Spot metering-shadow.
Page 118 Focus Modes
“The E-M1 has five focus modes…”
Four of the five focus modes are abbreviated, but only two are spelled out. The unspecified focus modes are:
S-AF+MF: Simultaneous Single-AF and Manual Focus
C-AF+TR: Continuous AF and Tracking
Page 118 Focus Modes
“There are several ways to reach the focus modes menu. The fastest and easiest is to press the AF button, just to the left of the On/Off switch. Make sure the lever to the right of the AEL/AFL button in in the 1 position.”
TIP: You can set the camera so that pressing the AF button takes you to the Focus mode menu regardless of the position of the lever: Custom Menu | B Button/Dial/Lever | 2+ [split button] | OFF. This also affects the operation of the Shooting/Self-timer/HDR button as well.
When set to OFF, pressing the AF/Metering Flash/Flash Compensation button will always take you to the Auto Focus Metering, regardless of the position of the lever. However, with this setting you will not be able to access the Flash Intensity control or the Flash menu by pressing the AF button.
Page 121 Manual Focus
“You can also use manual focusing, by choosing the Single AF+MF mode.”
The way to access Manual Focus is to choose MF (Single AF+MF was covered on page 120).
Page 128 Setting the AF Target Type
“If you want to change from the camera’s default 81 AF Target grid setup, then access the grid from the super control panel.”
TIP: You can also access the grid by pressing the Fn1 button (assuming you haven’t remapped it to another function).
Page 129 Setting the Face Priority Control
“If you need to change this option often, you might consider setting the Fn1 button (or any of the other user designable buttons) to AF Area Select.”
The default assignment for the Fn1 button displays the AF Area.
Page 136 Live View Essentials
Shoot from tripod or hand-held: “If you want to use live view for hand-held images, us an image-stabilized lens and/or a high shutter speed.”
Should have specified use of Panasonic IS lenses, as the EM-1 has 5-axis image stabilization with automatic panning detection, so image-stabilized lenses are unnecessary. To be fair, a telephoto image-stabilized lens might do a better job of reducing shake than the camera.
Page 141 Resolution and Frame Rates
1) The book mentions the maximum “shooting time” on a 16GB memory card for 1920 x 1080 resolution and 640 x 480, but omits the figure for 1280 x 720 resolution.
2)The number of minutes at 640 x 480 is specified at “more than 3 hours” here on page 141, but should have been 92 minutes.
Page 156 Use an external microphone
“The external microphone port can provide plug-in power for microphones that can take their power from this sort of outlet rather than from a battery in the microphone.”
The E-M1 does NOT provide any power via the mic jack.
Page 160 Continuous Shooting
“To use the EM-1’s Continuous shooting mode, press the camera’s drive button or navigate to the continuous shooting icon on the super control panel. When you partially depress the shutter button, the viewfinder will display a number representing the maximum number of shots you can take at the current quality settings.”
The EM-1 does not have a continuous shooting mode; the correct nomenclature is Sequential High and Sequential Low modes. In these modes, the camera takes about 10 and 6.5 pictures per second, respectively (you can change the number of pictures via Custom Menu C, H fps and L fps).
The viewfinder does not display the number of maximum number of shots you can take, regardless of the shooting mode. The EM-1 manual, Chapter 5, Basic operations, page 35, details the information displayed by the viewfinder and does not show number of shots you can take, only the number of shots you can store on the memory card.
Page 162 Don’t combine high shutter speeds with electronic flash
“That’s the fastest speed at which the camper’s focal plane shutter is fully open: at shorter speeds, the “slit” described above comes into play, so that the flash will expose only the small portion of the sensor exposed by the slit during its duration.”
The “slit” is not described until chapter 11, How Electronic Flash Works.
Page 166 Timed exposures
In Shutter-priority mode, the available shutter speeds are: 1/8000, 1/6400, 1/5000, 1/4000, 1/3200, 1/2500, 1/2000, 1/1600, 1/1250, 1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160. 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 16, 1/5, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2.5, 1/2, 1/1.6, 1/1.3, 1″, 1.3″, 1.6″, 2:, 2.5″, 3.2″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 8″, 10″, 13″, 15″, 20″, 25″, 30″, 40″, 50″, 60″.
In Manual mode the same shutter speeds are available, plus Live Bulb and Live Time.
Page 171 Self-Timer
“Activate the timer by pressing the Drive/HDR button and press the left arrow key until the drive modes appear on the LCD status panel.”
1: The book consistently refers to the Sequential Shooting/Timer/HDR button as the Drive button or the Drive/HDR button, even though the button in correctly identified on page 52. Make sure the lever is in position 1, then press the Sequential Shooting/Timer/HDR button. Next, press either the left or right arrow button or rotate the rear dial left or right to select the self-timer settings (Self-timer 12 SEC, Self-timer 2 SEC, or Self-timer Custom) from the sequential shooting/self-timer menu.
The settings are displayed on the Electronic View Finder or the Monitor. The book variously refers to the display on the rear of the camera as the touch screen, the LCD, the LCD monitor, or the LCD status panel, but Olympus refers to it as the Monitor. Some DSLRS have an LCD status panel on the top of the camera body, where the drive mode settings might be displayed, which temps me to mark this as a CAPE.
2: You can also access the sequential shooting/self-timer menu from the super control panel.
Page 172 Wi-Fi and Geotagging
“Wireless capabilities allow you to upload photos directly from your E-M1 to your computer…”
Strictly speaking, the sentence is true: you can use wireless technology to upload photos directly from a camera to your computer with an Eye-Fi SD card. However, the EM-1 does not currently support that capability. As the book states on page 367 in Chapter 15, “Note that the camper’s wireless functions can’t be used with a home Wi-Fi network…”
Page 181 Anatomy of the E-M1’s Menus
“Within the menu choices, you can scroll up or down with the touch screen or arrow keys; choose SET to select the choice you’ve made…”
The SET function is mapped to the OK button, so it would be clearer just to say that you press the OK button to select the choice you’ve made.
Page 181 Shooting Menu Options
Drive Mode should be Sequential shooting/Self-timer/HDR.
Page 220 Setting AEL/AFL Behavior
“The table provided in the Olympus manual can be a little confusing, so I’m going to clear things up with a little color coding.”
In production, the color coding was removed. None of the tables in this section are color coded.
Page 224 L-Fn1 Button
“If nothing else, it’s a nice choice for a depth-of-field preview button (which Olympus identifies as “Preview”), since the camera doesn’t come with one.”
The EM-1 has a depth-of-field preview button on the front of the camera body; see Figure 3.1 on page 45.
Page 226 Release Priority
Rls Priority S: “Because C-AF focuses and refocuses constantly when autofocus is active, you may find that an image is not quite in sharpest focus.”
This section is about S-AF; any information about C-AF belongs in the next section, Rls Priority C.
Page 227 Rlease Lag-Time
“This option will let you elect a shorter lag. (For the life of me, I have no idea why Olympus thought someone might want a longer lag time).”
The manual warns you on Page 92 that this setting “will shorten the battery life.”
Page 252 But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
2: In Figure 10.1, the area is marked 1.5X; it should be 1.6X
Page 255 Olympus 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 autofocus lens.
“This one, prices at about $300, is light, compact (you can see it mounted on the E-M1 in Figure 10.3)…”
The lens in Figure 10.3 is not mounted on a camera.
Page 246 Firmware Version
“If you want to update to a new firmware version for either the camera of a lens, press the SET button to select which type of firmware you want to upgrade. then insert a memory card containing the binary file, and press the SET button to begin the process.”
1: The EM-1 does not have a SET button.
2: You update he EM-1 Firmware using the OLYMPUS Digital Camera Updater and a USB cable, not by copying the firmware to a memory card.
Page 293 How Electronic Flash Works
“As I mentioned earlier in this book, the E-M1 has a vertically traveling shutter that consists of two curtains.”
The book mentioned “the slit” on page 162, but did not describe it there. This is the first time curtains have been mentioned in the book.
Page 301 More on Flash Control Settings
“I introduced the super control panel’s Flash Control settings in Chapter 8.”
The flash mode settings were actually introduced earlier in Chapter 11, starting on page 294.
Page 301 More on Flash Control Settings
“This menu includes a variety of options depending on what exposure mode you’re shooting in (see Figure 11.14)…”
1: Figure 11.4 does not show the Flash Control menu; it is a duplicate of Figure 11.16, the external flash function setting menu.
2: To access the Flash Control settings, either move the lever to position 2 and press the AF button; or press OK to access the super control panel, then press the [lightning bolt]AUTO icon.
Page 302 Flash Sync Speed in AV Mode
Olympus calls Av mode A mode on the EM-1.
Page 304 External Flash Function Settings
“You can access this menu only when you have a compatible electronic flash attached and switched on.”
You can access the menu at any time, with or without a flash unit attached. First go to Shooting Menu 2, RC Mode, and make sure the value is set to ON. Exit the menu and press the OK button. If the External Flash Function Setting menu does not appear, press the INFO button until it does.
Page 306 When using fill flash with Aperture-priority
“The difficulties of using selective focus with fill flash, mentioned earlier, become particularly acute when you switch to Av exposure mode.”
This should be “A”, not “Av”.
Page 308 Using External Electronic Flash
“(Non dedicated flash units, such as studio flash, can be connected using the camera’s PC terminal.)”
“PC terminal” should be “PC/X connector” (see page 45).
Page 340 Direct Printing from the Camera
Step 2 “…and plug the supplied cable into the A/V Out/Digital port.”
The EM-1 has a multi-connector port, not an A/V Out/Digital port; see page 47.
Page 342 Direct Print Order Format (DPOF) Printing
Step 1 “…navigate to the print icon.”
There is no print icon. The menu item is “Print Order”.
Missing step 1A: In the Print order menu, choose the Picture icon, or the Picture-All icon and press OK.
Page 355 Getting Started
“For example, the loader software isn’t set up to go hunting through your memory card for the firmware file. It only looks in the root directory of your card…”
Updates are applied using the OLYMPUS Digital Camera Updater and a USB cable, not by copying the firmware to a memory card.
Page 355 Getting Started
Step 4: “If you want to know what the firmware update will do, select the update and click on the Details button.”
There is no Details button, as Figure 14.2 clearly shows.
Page 355 Getting Started
Step 5: The next screen asks you to confirm you want to update your firmware.”
The next screen contains instructions for monitoring the update process and tells you not to click the Next button until the camera displays OK
Page 357 Getting Started
Step 6: does not apply to the Olympus update process.
Page 357 Getting Started
Step 7: does not apply to the Olympus update process.
Page 360 What Can You Do?
“If you’ve set the camera in the Shoot w/o Card has been turned on…”
On the EM-1, “Shoot w/o Card” is called “Test Picture”.
Page 361 Cleaning Your Sensor
“…eventually making its way inside your camera to settle in the mirror chamber. As you take photos, the mirror flipping up and down causes the dust to become airborne and eventually make its way past the shutter curtain to come to rest on the anti-aliasing filter atop your sensor.”
The EM-1 does not have a mirror or an anti-aliasing filter.
Pg 370 Using the Olympus Image Share App
Olympus has made some significant changes to the app since the book was written.