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Old Mar 25, 2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I've been having some real issues with the built in flash on my Olympus EPL1. I love the camera, but it's been driving me a bit crazy.

Does anyone know what has caused this, and how it might be fixed?
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 1:02 PM   #2
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Were you in manual exposure mode? The maximum shutter speed that will sync with flash is either 1/160 second or 1/180 second. This looks like a classic example of using a shutter speed too fast for the flash to sync properly. At higher shutter speeds the two shutter curtains are just a tiny slit moving across the image. This looks like you were using a very fast shutter speed so the tiny slit was all that was exposed.

The built-in flash is not capable of high-speed flash sync. You would need one of the accessory flash units capable of high speed sync...Olympus calls it FP flash mode. The FL36R, FL50R, FL600R are three such Olympus units.
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Old Mar 25, 2013, 1:07 PM   #3
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Nope, I was in automatic. Also just tried playing with the shutter speed and trying it, but still didn't work...

I suppose a factory reset might be worthwhile?
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Worth a try. Otherwise, it sounds like a send-in to Olympus to check out.
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I don't like the fact that there's light at the very bottom of the image but here are a few things to check. Set the camera to P mode. Make sure the flash sync is set to 1/160 and the RC Mode is set to OFF. Click on the flash button at the back of the camera and make sure it's set to Full. Lastly, when the flash pops up, make sure the light is pointing straight.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 5:50 PM   #6
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It looks like the RC mode is on, and the built in flash is just sending the TTL info to the Remote flash.
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