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Help needed with Olympus EPM1

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Hi,

 

Please can someone help me! :unsure:

I have just got an Olympus 60mm lens to start taking some macro pictures and I am trying to use manual settings rather than auto. I am stuck when it comes to moving the shutter speed above 160 when the flash is on. I have tried to look at the instructions but they don't mention anything.

Is it a problem with this sort of camera or am I doing something wrong?

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You're not doing anything wrong. The maximum flash sync speed of the E-PM1 is 1/160. Once you attach the flash the maximum shutter speed you can set is locked at 1/160.

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Gudge is correct that is a limitation of this camera I believe the EM-5 has 1/250 sync speed but any other mirrorless from Olympus stops at 1/160

For macro your starting point is f/22 ISO200 and 1/160

Unfortunately at those shutter speeds it will be near to impossible to have black background

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You could always just use an external flash, which should go around that limit, and would cost less than getting a new body(though a new E-PL5/6 does sound a bit tempting once they get to E-PL3 prices).

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(though a new E-PL5/6 does sound a bit tempting once they get to E-PL3 prices).

I'd be rather wary of Olympus ATM.

 

They've just announced discontinuance of all of their P&S Line of cameras and they "have form" otherwise of abandoning their customers - their DSLR line (also discontinued when they virtually invented the mirrorless camera) is one of two examples I could name.

 

Having said that, I think they make some great camera gear and I really hope they don't go away entirely to concentrate on their profitable medical division.

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Well not to get off topic, but the rumors going around is Olympus plans to bring out a model one step above the OMD, and will allow users to use 4/3 and m4/3 lenses. So, I can't say they are really abandoning their DSLR users, just wanting to move them to their mirrorless system.

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