NEWSLETTER 03.11.2020

Hello to everyone and welcome to this weeks newsletter!

Weather up here has been everything from rain to windy with snow and even up to 10 degrees. It has gotten to that time of year where your best guess is looking outside rather than checking the forecast:) Anyway the crazy weather offers lots of contrasty landscape opportunities, so I for one don't mind. Here are some weather shots from last week:




I haven't gotten out to do any long exposures this week, so the Olympus has not been used that much. What I have done though is go through the presets and update the camera. With presets I mean for Olympus Mysets, which are really helpful in the way that you don't have to adjust all your settings when you are doing a different style of shooting. Say going from handheld city shots to picturing northern lights. I will go through the updating process of the Olympus and setting up Mysets further down in this post.

Analog wise has been busy on the other hand. I shot through a roll of Fomapan 100 which I loaded up in the Pentax ME Super. I did some bus and city shots and emptied through the rest of the roll on Halloween:) I have also done a couple of shots on the Flexaret which is also still the same roll of Fomapan 100. Since the weather has been crazy I haven't dared to take that baby outside.


I finally picked up the Fomapan 200 from the lab! I ordered digital prints and the developed roll. The price was a staggering 290,- NOK!(26โ‚ฌ/30$) So if you develop a roll or two a week that is easy a couple of thousand kroners! In addition there was a lot of dust and hairs on the digital photos. They are low resolution as they are intended as 10x15cm prints, but still. I was expecting a little better than that for the price. So if my own developing works out, then they have priced them selves out of a customer:) There is definitely no turning back on the developing now as a developing canister and fixer popped in the mail this week, and I made my own darkroom bag! I will get into all of that once it is tested out, hopefully this coming week.

Back to what has been done the past week; Cleaning gear and updating the Olympus.

I took a full cleaning of all the cameras, which is a good thing to do at least once a month. I do it every second week. This is so that no dust, dirt or grime gets a chance to set and make spots and other ugliness. I use Green Clean wipes, and they work very well. Only reason I use these, is that it is what is available in town and works. I am sticking with the winning team and see no point in looking into other wipes:)


So my cleaning process goes like this:

1. First off; wash and wipe clean the surface of your table or workspace. This because then you know that anywhere you put something down, there is no fear of contamination

1. I take out all the cameras of their bags, pockets and strappings and lay them out nicely on the table.

2. Then I assemble all the tools I use; blower(with or without brush), soft (new!)painting brush, lens pen, green clean wipes (wet and dry set), and a microfibre cloth and lay them also in order on the table.

3. Then I do production-line type of cleaning. I first use the big new paintbrush and brush everywhere on the camera bodies to get off loose dust. I keep the lens caps on while doing this, and hold the cameras on the side of the table so the dust falls to the floor instead of the table.

4. After the brush I use the blower on all the cameras in the same way; to the side of the table.

5. Now it is time to focus on the lenses. I take off all the caps and blow off all dust etc from all the lenses. This while holding them so the lens faces down towards the floor. Again I hold the camera to the side of the table so the dust falls to the floor rather than the table I am working on.

6. Once all that is done, I check each lens if I need to clean any more. If they are spotless, then leave them and cap on. We don't need to wipe more than needed, and there is no reason to risk wiping stripes on a lens that is already clean.

7. If it has some spots, now is the time for the Green Clean set. First the wet wipe, then the dry. When I am done using the wet and dry wipe, I notice the area I have used to wipe with and use a different area for the next lens. Some say you shouldn't do this, but this way you use only one set(one wet, one dry) for all the cameras. I take extra care in noticing what part of the wipe is used and think this works fine for me. It saves wipes and saves the environment.

8. After a lens is wiped and it still has something on it, I try the lens pen, and then the wipes again.

TIP: If there is still something stuck, try the wet wipe and then immediately use the lens pen when the lens is still wet from the wipe. This usually works.

Remember, that we are NOT scrubbing here. We are wiping. Wipe in a circular motion and wipe once or twice. Then check if it looks good. Again, less wiping is better wiping:)

9. After the lenses are done, I clean the bodies. I then use the used up wet wipe and a microfibre cloth. If the wet wipe has completely dried out, I give it some drops of water. Slightly moist, not wettish. It is fine for the Olympus which is a weather sealed camera, but the other cameras, especially the Flexaret, don't appreciate water. Case lining or skin may come off, or in worst case, you will get drops of water into your camera. So take care with water!

10. The final step is brushing of the bags and holsters for the cameras before I put them back in. This I use a vacuum cleaner, stiff brush and dusting roll (the ones with sticky rolls on) to do. I also use a moist cloth at the end if there are any spots.


Well, that's it for the cleaning process, lets go into the update and mysets on the Olympus:)

We tend to forget, but a digital camera has software that also needs updating. So do even the lenses:) There haven't been a lot of updates for the E-M5 mark ii, which is the one I have, but they are still worth installing. The most notable update being the one that was done in 2015 on the stabilising system in the camera body. All the Olympus cameras come with in body stabilising, so it does not matter if you have a lens that does not stabilise.

Olympus has made a nice walkthrough of the updating process, so I will just link to that and mention 3 things to be cautious about.

1. When you attach your camera to your computer, be sure you have a fully charged battery in your camera. We who own these Micro 4/3 cameras know how bad battery life is on these, so be sure its fresh. You do not want your camera to die midway in the installation as this may actually render the camera inoperable!. Since there also is a disclosure in the terms about Olympus having opted out of responsibility for any update issues, you sure as hell do not want this to happen.

2. When updating it takes a long time at the last step before the camera displays "OK". But it will. Just be a little patient so you don't disrupt the updating process.

3. Remember to update your lens! You will get the option of doing that in the firmware update list that appears when you connect your camera. And yes, use the accompanied cable instead of something that you had lying around:)


Olympus is known for not having the most intuitive menu, and the same goes for setting up Mysets. Mysets is a very handy feature that enables you to set up 4 different shooting modes. In order to set it up you do like this:

Set the cameras settings as you want them (stabiliser on, shake off, silent shooting on etc). Then go into Reset/Myset which is found in Shooting Menu 1. On top is the option to reset the camera either basic settings or full reset. Then follows Myset 1-4. When you have dialled in on the camera the desired settings you want to save, choose Myset1,2,3 or 4 by using the right arrow button. Then choose "set" with the up and down arrows (there is only set and reset available), and then press "ok" in the middle of the arrow pad.

You have now saved your cameras settings to the Myset you chose and can escape out by pressing the menu button. To use the Myset you want to simply open Reset/Myset again and press ok when the desired Myset is outlined. Since it is not possible to change the name of a Myset, which is really annoying, make a list on your phone of what is what. It saves you a lot of adjusting if you know your Mysets and can just flip settings at the push of a button. Kind of like actions in Photoshop:)

Well I hope some of this was of use, and stay tuned for analog deep diving in the next newsletter as I probably have done my first attempts of developing film. There are 3 films waiting in the fridge. I can do the two black and whites, but the Lomochrome has to go to a lab I am guessing for C-41 processing. Or maybe I can do it at home....

Until next time, take care of each other as this second virus wave is upon us

and stay as safe as possible, Sjur


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