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That dumb Creative Dial on Pen F

Discussion in 'Olympus Chat' started by RovingMike, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Does anyone know how to switch it off completely, or re-programme it to do something useful?
    I knocked it the other day at the People's March and got a couple of hours of really stupid colours. Fortunately they were only jpegs and the raw was OK, but if I had not been shooting raw.......I can't believe anyone thinks what that dial does is in any way "creative", do they?
  2. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Good luck getting an answer.
    Similar for me with the Panasonic DMC-LX100 - and the Filter and iA buttons! Fortunately I usually notice pretty quickly.
  3. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    My little Pentax Qs have the same problem. Ridiculous.
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  4. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    One major plus on the Panasonic G9 is the locking control dial. Press the central button to (dis)engage.
  5. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Always buy the simplest tool that does the job...
    Perhaps somebody Olympus realised there was room to fit a pointless dial on the body, lest it look neat and well designed. Also, many naive buyers are impressed by thing like this. Go-Faster stripes on cars, creative dials on cameras, Facebook... this could be a long list.
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  6. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I have to admit that I never even looked at what the creative dial does on my Pen F. That was after attempting to use its predecessors on earlier Olys.
  7. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Well clearly it is meant to resemble the slow speed dials on old Leicas. But it rather turns a good camera into something quite Mickey Mouse.
  8. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Don't all cameras have at least one badly positioned button? Usually On/Off or video button too close to the shutter release, in my experience.
  9. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Actually, I think it's the shutter speed dial on the original Pen F that it's intended to ape, although as you say, it's where the slow speed dial was on old Leicas - and for that matter, where the shutter speed dial was on the original Lecia CL. The Pentax Q one is at least on the other side of the lens mount, but still gets knocked. That one actually looks more like the old Leica slow speed dial. Shame that can't be used for anything particularly useful, either.
  10. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Dear Mike,

    Sell it and buy a real camera...

    I'm quite fond of my Pen W, which has the additional advantage of appreciating in value, rather than depreciating.


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  11. Snorri

    Snorri Well-Known Member

    Fortunately my Oly (which to my surprise I have grown quite fond off) is so tiny that they could not fit to many buttons or dials. The creative art filters are buried deep in the menus where I hope I will never find them.
    They again, maybe I am just not that creative...
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  12. greyowl

    greyowl Active Member

    .. and i just can't find out where the creative effects controls are on my d500

    oh wait - i think they're supposed to be in my brain

    sadly missing from both i am afraid
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  13. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Just shoot raw (plus jpeg if you must) then you can undo any stupiidity caused by scene modes and 'creative' effects.
  14. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    You will find them in most image processing software.
  15. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Yes I was on raw, no jpeg, but it gave me raw + wonky jpeg, so easy to delete.
  16. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    A more considerd view than that which I expressed earlier.
    Sorry Mike, I had forgoten that you had made the OP.
    Scene modes do have a use for people shooting jpeg.. Not only do scene modes choose supposedly best aperture, speed and iso, but also influence the raw processing towards jpeg. Scene modes might be useful to people not wanting to get involved with raw processing. That's fine most of the time. Personaly I prefer more control, I use D500 and do not miss scene modes.
  17. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Was not really about scene modes, but the "Creative" dial. But yes, it is shortcuts for the digitally challenged.
  18. zykelx

    zykelx Member

    IMHO buy that extra grip - I loved mine on Pen F
  19. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    When will I ever learn? Out the other day it would only let me shoot RAW+Jpeg, not RAW alone. Filled up the card with several hundred of them before I noticed that dopey dial had turned itself to Colour.

    BTW got the grip for the EM1 mk2 and love it, although it does add weight. Think I'll stick with the Pen F as small as I can keep it for Street stuff.
  20. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Aargh, did it again. Went out yesterday and shot first 36 with the dial knocked round. Fortunately it kept a raw of each.

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