Olympus OM-D E-M1X - Best Exposure Settings

In my latest video (14.5.2019) I was talking about the experience that I have had with the E-M1 X now that I have used it for a couple of months.

I promised to write down the best settings for exposure.

Menu D1 > InfoSettings > LV-Info and in one of the Custom setting choose Highlight&Shadow
Menu I > Info Settings > in one of the Custom setting choose Highlight&Shadow
Shooting Menu 1 > Picture Mode > Muted > Contrast -2, Saturation -2
Menu G > Keep Warm Color > Off

Menu G > Color Space > AdobeRGB

Menu D3 > Histogram Settings > Set Highlight to the value you want the red color to appear and the same goes with the Shadow (blue color) I have set Hightlight to 253 and Shadow to 3.

Menu B1 > Dial Function > Set on each exposure modes the back dial to exposure compensation.

These settings will show the image on the LCD and EVF so that it is perfectly exposured when adjusting the exposure compensatuion so that there is no red or blue flag color in the scene. Usually you can have a half a stop brighter becouse the image that shows in the jpg and the final image is a raw-file.

How to choose a lens?

In this post I am giving you the different possibilities you have for a new lens. This post goes together with the video below. If you haven`t seen it yet, please watch it from here:

In the video I go trough the questions you should ask yourself when considering to buy a new lens. There is a list and explanation on the different options.

Fast primes for classical street photography:

These prime lenses are great for classical street photography. Which one is the right for you. In the video I explained a few ways to decide. It all comes to your own style, are you more of a wide angle shooter or do you prefer a bit tighter field of view?

For all around shooting a zoom lens could be an option. There are several possibilities depending on your preferences and budget:


For Nature photographers there are also options for different kind of preferences and budget. If you are morer of a landscape photographer a wide angle could be your choice. The choices a quite similar to what I said about Classical Streetphotography, but there is one zoom lens that could be your choice, the 7-14mm f2.8 Pro Zoom:


If your preference in nature photography are the animals them a long zoom lens is a good option. There are several option to choose from:


If your interest is flora, then a macro lens can be a very good choice:

I hope these links and the video helps you to decide if you are buying a new lens.

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Very durable HDMI port on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X!

I quite often use an external monitor when making videos with Olympus OM-D E-M1X. I either have an Atomos Ninja Inferno recorder or a Feelworld FW568 field monitor. The recorder or monitor gets the info via an HDMI cable.

The problem with this method is that most cameras have a micro HDMI port. It is ok to get the signal from the camera to the monitor or the recorder, but the micro HDMI port is not usually very durable.

I had a video gig this week and I used my Manfrotto 561B HDV monopod. I rested the camera against my body. When started to shoot video again the monitor was black. Then I realized that the HDMI cable was bent and was still attached to the camera. This usually means that HDMI port in camera is broken.

The bend HDMI cable

The bend HDMI cable

But luckily it was the HDMI cable that was bend. The port on the camera is ok! So it looks like the E-M1X can not only be washed under running water, but the HDMI port is more durable than the HDMI cable!

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Extended Low ISO - Is it worth using?

Every camera has extended ISO. In the upper end where the ISO is pushed, I do not recommend using them.

But the extended low ISO is worth testing. In theory, the image quality should be better. The ISO is pulled and the brighter images get darker and that will reduce noise.

Check out the video to see my test on the different Olympus cameras.

Laowa 7.5mm F2 - Ultra Wide Angle Lens

Last week I had a chance to test a Ultra Wide Angle Lens, the Laowa 7.5mm f2. Laowa is made by Venus Optics.

In the video, I am making architectural images with the Laowa 7.5mm F2 Ultra Wide Angle Lens. Check out the video and find out what I liked about the lens.

More info about the lens (Affiliate link).

Peter's Weekly Newsletter

I have started a Weekly Newsletter. I will send the Peter's Weekly Newsletter every Sunday. The content is going to be around photography and Olympus gear. I am an Olympus Visionary and do have access to new and old Olympus gear.

I also try to find something interesting content every week from the web, that might interest you. I also share a link to a gallery page where the subscribers of the Peter's Weekly Newsletter can download sample images taken with the gear I have tested in a video.

Thank you very much if have you have already subscribed, but if you have not, please consider to do so.

Link to the subscription page: http://bit.ly/Peters_Newsletter

FL-700WR - New flash system from Olympus.

Olympus announced the Olympus OM-D E-M1X in January 23rd. In that announcement, they also announced a new flash system with radio control.

The new flash is the FL-700WR. The radio flash system also includes a controller unit and a receiver unit. I had a chance to test the system for a few days.

In the video, I go through the main specifications and the logic of how the system works.

Olympus 12-200mm - Super Telephoto Zoom.

Olympus announced a new lens on the 13th of February 2019. I had a chance to test it a few days this week. The lens turned out the be quite interesting. It is a very versatile lens for travel. Unfortunately, I do not have a chance to travel right now. So I decided to spend half a day as a tourist in my own home town, Helsinki.

Check out the video below to see how the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 performs.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III or Mark II?

In this video I will tell you which one for photography and which one for video Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III or Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II.



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