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Old Jun 11, 2011, 9:47 PM   #1
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Default First shots with E-PL2

Today I had to go to Lowes to pick up a few things, and I decided the garden department might present some photo opportunities- so I checked with the clerk, who cleared it with management, and I went and played with the E-PL2 and a Lumix LX5 I just got. These are the first real shots out of the Olympus, other than playing around in my office at work. No touchups, just as out of the camera except resized.
I did had an odd occurrance with the camera, though- and wonder if anyone might have any idea what could have happened? After shooting about 10 minutes, the camera just locked up. Couldn't turn it off, nothing in the electronic viewfinder or the LCD screen, the camera wouldn't do anything at all- but the blue power light remained on, and I couldn't turn the camera off. Finally I had to shut the camera off by taking out the battery... and that restored normal operation. Do I need to do a reset on the camera and lens?? The lens, btw, was the 14-42 II that came with the camera.
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Old Jun 11, 2011, 10:17 PM   #2
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did you shoot in the natural picture setting. The colors looks nice, and very sharp.

Sorry have never had a my oly epl-1 lock up on me, I would give oly customer service a call monday. They are pretty helpful. And I have had very good experiences with them.
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Old Jun 11, 2011, 11:02 PM   #3
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Yes, didn't try any of the vivid settings... believe these were in Program, I had been alternating between Ia and Program.
Good idea about calling Olympus- thanks!
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 4:36 PM   #4
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I saw the LX5 photos you posted and IMO, these look much much nicer.

As for the lock up, did you buy it brand new? My guess is that you have a faulty camera. Perhaps it's overheating, causing the lock up. If it happens again, I'd send it back. The lens will prevent the camera from starting up if it's collapsed (at least the EPL1 works this way), but it should not lock it up to the point where you have to remove the battery.
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Old Jun 13, 2011, 7:07 PM   #5
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Hi, Tulio-
Thanks for your comments. Actually, I thought the LX5 shots turned out better, but my eye's aren't that great anymore~ *grin*
I plan on calling Olympus customer service/tech dept. tomorrow. I didn't have a chance to today- but I want to discuss it with them.
I'll post their response here.
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Hi,
Sorry to hear about your troubles with the EPL-2. Hope that service can solve the mystery as to what could have happened.

As for your images, they certainly are sharp enough. Due to the bright conditions that you were shooting in, they appear to be over exposed a wee bit.

The next time you go out and shoot under these conditions again, try program mode. But, this time, adjust your exposure down by .3 and see if that doesn't give you a better result.

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Old Jun 14, 2011, 4:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for the comments, Zig- much appreciated! I suppose I wasn't paying close enough attention to the results while shooting. I believe I had the histogram on, but wasn't paying close enough attention to it... at least I'm pretty sure it was on- again, I had 2 camera's out with mi. I was kind of trying to stay out of people's way on a busy day in the garden department.
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Old Jun 14, 2011, 1:42 PM   #8
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Default Olympus Customer Service update

I spoke with Olympus Customer Service this morning about the problem I had with the camera locking up... the first thing we checked was the firmware version. I should have thought to check it, but I felt that since the camera was new- and purchased from a company that probably moves a lot of stock (B&H), that the firmware was probably current. It wasn't- ver. 1.0 instead of 1.1, so will update the firmware on the camera and we'll see what that does.
Olympus's Customer Service was very friendly and willing to help.
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Though they move allot of stock. The time it is built to the time it gets to the store takes a bit of time.
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I've never heard of this being a problem fixed by a firmware upgrade. B&H is a reputable store, so why not contact them and have them exchange your camera? That's what I'd do anyway.
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