I was in conversation with someone the other day and it brought some thing up I hadn’t really paid attention to prior. The function lever on the new E-M1mkII has a lot of added functionality, but the way it interacts with menu items has changed too. I figured this post might be helpful to a quite a few of us!
A lot of people use the Function lever in “mode one.” This allowed the dials to change aperture and shutter in Position 1 and white balance and ISO in position 2. If you can customize this even more on the Mk II…but there is a weird catch to how it operates.
1. Custom Options – B – Fn Lever Settings – Fn Lever Mode – Mode 1
2. Custom Options – B – Dial Functions – Pick your mode (PASM) – Now select what each dial adjusts for each lever position.
Basically the front and rear dial can have their own functions for lever position 1 and separate functions for lever position 2.
If you want in Position 1 to change Aperture and Shutter, and Position 2 to change WB and ISO… you just have to select those values in this menu. Just remember that this is based on each of the shooting modes, P, A, S, M, and also stores into custom settings. So make sure you do it for whatever mode you use.
So…that is how it works. In use however, if you are in position two and rotate the rear dial for white balance… when the WB menu comes up BOTH dials will navigate the menu.
If you are in the general shooting screen and then rotate your dial for ISO…the ISO selection screen will come up and then BOTH dials will navigate that.
Olympus made a strange choice about this. If you customize ISO/WB to a custom button then both options are available at the same time and each dial adjusts the respective wb or ISO and you can change them together with each dial. THIS is the screen that logically you would think the Function level option would call up…but it doesn’t. I think it is just a weird user oversight on their interface designers. I would love to see this changed for smoother operation. The custom button version of ISO/WB adjustment is much faster in operation.
Personally I recommend setting Fn2 button to ISO/WB. (Custom Options -B – Button Functions).
Then I set the Function lever to Mode 2 AF Drive Selection or Mode 3 Video.
In Mode 2 you can set the lever to position one and to position two and go into the super control panel and set your focus points and drive style for each. That means position 1 can be single point Single AF with Face recognition and position 2 can be CAF+Tr 5 point AF.
Mode 3 sends you right into movie mode. Sometimes I use this if I know I am making quick clips between shots. Mode 2 is by far the most useful mode in my opinion. It removes the need for the most number of inputs to get the function of changing AF drive done.
What’s your preference? Has anyone been using the new function lever as a power switch?
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