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I am using an Olympus E-500. and am trying to use the built in flash, set to one eight or to one sixty fourth of normal output, to trigger an external flash unit. The camera is set to "Vivid", manual, auto focus, and iso 100. From the "manual flash" menu I should be able to select either full, 1/4. 1/16 or 1/64 of the output. However, those choices never light up. I keep cycling through the first two lines of the menu and never reach the third line with the light output options I want. Please advise. I need some authoritative help. David W. Cugell, MD

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  • David Cuge;; Jul 20, 2008

    I am thankfu; for the advice, but it would be a bit more helpful if I could be told what to do, rather than just where to go to look for the necessary information. I have the advanced manual, printed in China in 2005, and have tried to follow the instructions, but I still cannot display the reduced flash light output I would like. I am shooting in the macro mode. Thank you.

  • David Cuge;; Jul 20, 2008

    I connot understand what I am doing that is incorrect. I just cannot get the bottm row of choices that are shown in item @ on page 54 of the advanced manuual to light up. Rotating te control dial cycles through the four choices in the first
    two lines, but never illuminates choices in the third line. I have the mode dial set to M, iso to 100, and flash to fill.

  • David Cuge;; Jul 20, 2008

    Your manual, for those of us who need a second one, is very impressive. I am very glad to have it Unfortunately, I cannot get to the "full, 1/4. 1/16 1/64" line on the Flash Mode screen/

  • David Cuge;; Jul 20, 2008

    In spite of numerous suggetions that I read the manual I am still doing something wrong because I just cannot
    get the bottom row of choices that appear on the "Flash Mode" screen to light up. Rotating the control dial cycles through
    the four choices in the first
    two lines, but never illuminates choices in the third line (full, 1/4. 1/16. 1/64). I have the mode dial set to M, iso to 100, focus to S-AF. and flash on (no red eye, 2nd curtain etc)..

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You should consult a Professional Photographer / Cameraman or contact the Customer Care of the Company.

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See the manual of cmaera

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Have you read the manual, front toback? In low light, the E-500 fires a burst of flash to help focus. Many of thecheaper DSLRs do this. I think it soundslike you have the red-eye feature enabled and are attempting to take a picturein low-light conditions. As was mentioned earlier, spend some time with themanual and learn each of the features on the menu. Good luck, and I can assureyou that once you become familiar with your camera you will love it. It reallyis an excellent camera and can hardly be beat for the price.
A picture guide and information availablehere:
http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/oly-e/e500-using.html
It's sort a like the manual after you have read the manual. A must read forany E-500 owner.
Hope this help;

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Have a look at setting instructions at your manual

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Hi,
The menu is divided into five "tabs": shooting 1 & 2, playback, and custom 1 & 2.. In your menu option choose "Shooting menu 2" option ..Please select that option only in which you will be able to choose the "Flash power (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64) - only displayed in S or M mode"..THank you

Please post how things turned on or for further help..Regards!!..

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    Natesan Sabesan Jul 20, 2008

    Also the whole options in Shooting Menu 2 is as follows

    Shooting menu 2:


    • Flash mode


      • Setting
        (Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, 2nd
        curtain slow sync with redeye reduction, flash on, flash off,

      • Flash power (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64) - only displayed in S or M mode


    • Flash exposure compensation (-2EV to +2EV, 1/3EV increments)

    • Drive (Single shot, continuous, self-timer, remote control)

    • AF mode (Single AF, continuous AF, manual focus, single AF + manual focus) - I described all of these earlier

    • AF (S-AF, C-AF, MF, S-AF+MF, C-AF+MF) - I explained these earlier

    • Focus point (Auto, left, center, right)

    • AE
      bracketing (Off, 3 frames/0.3EV, 3 frames/0.7EV, 3 frames/1.0EV) -
      camera takes three shots in a row, each with a different exposure
      setting

    • White balance bracketing


      • Color (Red/blue, green/magenta)

      • Shots (Off, 3 frames/2 steps, 3 frames/4 steps, 3 frames/6 steps)


    • Flash bracketing (Off, 3 frames/1 step, 3 frames/2 steps, 3 frames/7 steps) - same idea as above but with flash exposure

    • Manual
      focus bracketing (Off, 5 frames/1step, 5 frames/2 steps, 7 frames/1
      step, 7 frames/2 steps) - same as above but with focus

    • Anti-shock (Off, 1-30 sec) - keeps the mirror open so its movement doesn't blur your photos




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    Natesan Sabesan Jul 20, 2008

    These images are for your further assistance Buddy!







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    Natesan Sabesan Jul 20, 2008

    This is the image of Main menu!..



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    Natesan Sabesan Jul 20, 2008

    Hello again,
    As described in the picture earlier press your menu option once..Then move to the second option on the Extreme Left,which is "Shooting menu 2" ..Now in this menu,you will have the first choice as "Flash Mode Setting" in which you have to choose "The Manual flash exposures"in which you set values like Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 ..

    Hope this helps you out!!..Thank you!..

    Regards!!..


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    Natesan Sabesan Jul 28, 2008

    Well In The Flash MOde the Flash power (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64) - are only displayed in S or M mode only..So make sure you dont have any other mode because this is the only reason due to which your THIRD option is not being highlighted...

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Your settings are wrong
here is the advanced user manual it will describe everything you need to know
http://www.olympusamerica.com/files/EVOLT%20E-500%20Advanced%20Manual.pdf

I can safely say the mode you desire to use is cause of the default settings you need to turn on and off other specific things in order to archive the flash settings desired. NB the advanced manual contains more indebth information than the one shipped with the camera you may want to consider saving the link
or a copy of the pdf file, you will need acrobat reader to view it

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jul 20, 2008

    example the modes aviable in C-AF and S-Af etc are quite different, the method i may give to get these options may not be exactky what you want , by using the ADVMAN you will be able to have it set to your desire

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jul 20, 2008

    Ok so he posted something that he copied from the advanced manual link i posted above

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Jul 20, 2008

    1 set the camera to manual

    set the focus to manual

    now you may use your desired flash settings.

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