Last week I finally made the upgrade to the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II, and so far it’s everything I thought it would be. It’s fast – fast for Turn ON, AF, and Playback, and the Shutter Release feels almost instantaneous. It has great IBIS, and all the features we love about the OM-D line, plus some other great improvements. There’s an improved deeper grip and the menus are a little different, no less confusing than before, and still as deep and complex. But I do like it it and will soon be parting ways with my E-M1(Mk I).
I want to address a couple of the things that seem to be most confusing about this camera. I agree Olympus cameras can be complex and frustrating, even after four years of using and writing about them. But, they are still my overwhelming camera of choice. Partly for that very complexity that allows us so many choices and variations in camera setup.
Some don’t like that the touchscreen activates the AF selection grid when your face touches it while looking through the EVF. This is easy to fix by turning that feature off at Menu A2 – AF Targeting Pad – OFF. But, then you lose the very nice ability to move the AF point around with your thumb while looking through the viewfinder. Trade-offs abound throughout life, I guess.
Another problem, is that it is unintuitive to figure out how to get the menus to work while looking through the EVF. The easiest way is by turning the LCD screen around so it is against the camera. Another way is to disable the EVF Auto Switch. Then when you select the Menu Button, you’ll need to press the EV Switch (left of the EVF) to move the menus from the LCD to the EVF.
Back Button Focus (BBF) is another of those things that is a bit difficult to set up since it involves several menu settings. Most are like the E-M1, but at least one has changed a bit. So far I’ve found that mode 2 for the Fn Lever (Menu B – Fn Lever Settings – mode2) allows me to change from AF (position 1) to MF with back button focus (position 2). Just don’t forget that what the Lever is actually doing (Mk I and Mk II) is switching between whatever focus mode you set in each position. So you could use position 1 for S-AF and position 2 for C-AF. But, I prefer position 1 for S-AF and position 2 for MF and BBF.
Extra Tip: You know how you can press the INFO Button to cycle through the different informational screens when in Live View or Playback? Well, just press and “hold” the INFO Button and turn the Front Control Dial to cycle through those screens in either direction. 🙂 Plus, it works for both the LCD and the EVF.
Please see my previous similar posts about the E-M1: