Olympus Pen & OM-D Links
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Panasonic links included, particularly where we need to check
compatibility issues when mixing brands of bodies and lenses.
Olympus Pen/OM-D series of cameras. http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/products/dslr/pen/
New pages for Pen from here http://www.olympuspen.com and should open with your country specific pages.
New pages for OM-D from here http://www.olympusomd.com and should open with your country specific pages.
Official Micro Four Thirds pages http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/index.html
Tutorials page http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/oima_learn_center.asp
Some useful E-M1 links coming soon, collecting links now. Meanwhile Google for E-M1 reviews and help. Review here. Some tips here.
Some useful E-M5 links
My E-PL1 and general Olympus M4/3 pages here.
My E-PL5 comments and notes here.
Pen/OM-D series manuals. http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/manual/pen.cfm#body
All Olympus manuals. http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/manual/
Olympus USA Support entry point for manuals, brochures, FAQs, downloads etc.. http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_support.asp?id=102
All Olympus bodies, FAQs and general information http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/qa/products/slr.cfm
All Panasonic USA manuals. http://service.us.panasonic.com/operman/default.aspx
seems to be simple Operating Manuals, not proper full size User
Manuals. Best is to Google for 'gf1 user manual' or whatever camera you
need and someone usually has it stored somewhere for download.
Panasonic Australia Manuals. Again seems to be always the simple basic owners manual.
Panasonic Euro Manuals Gateway. http://dlc.panasonic-europe-service.com/EUDocs/
enter name like 'dmcgx7', shows all available downloads, the big files are the user manuals, the smaller files are the useless manuals.
is updated by using the update program that installs with Olympus
Viewer 3 and connecting Olympus body via USB cable. Body, lens and
accessory updates are checked and performed automatically.
Panasonic body users need to download the individual updates, place the BIN file on a memory card to do the update.
Read the instructions first http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/camera/cameraupdate.cfm
Firmware update list. http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/e1/
Firmware downloads for those using Olympus lenses on Panasonic bodies http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/fourthirds_olylens.cfm
Panasonic Firmware notices http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/
Olympus, Plastic bits that get lost http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/parts.html and then select your camera model to see all the bits available.
Olympus Australia Shop, bits and pieces, no bodies or lenses in shop... http://www.olympus.com.au/shop.aspx
Olympus files only Viewer 3 download Win/Mac.... http://support.olympus-imaging.com/ov3download/ (use '123456789' as a serial number for the download, it works).
Olympus Firmware Update Program alone..... http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_downloads_updater.asp
For Panasonic files only free Silkypix SE RAW and jpeg editor. http://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/p/
Olympus RAW codec for Windows Vista and Windows 7, 32 and 64 bit. http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/codec/index.cfm
Panasonic RAW codec for Windows but no 64 bit http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/raw/index.html
Microsoft RAW codec pack for Vista and Win7, 32 and 64 bit, but check Overview first for cameras handled
See all M4/3 (and 4/3 lenses) and view specs. http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/lense.html
All Olympus compatibility tables from here. http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/compati/
Compatibility tables for Pen series bodies.....
.....Power supplies/batteries http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/compati/pen_power.cfm
.....Remote operation http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/compati/pen_rc.cfm
.....Accessory port devices http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/compati/pen_external_ai.cfm
.....Lens hoods http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/compati/di004042e_pen.cfm
All Panasonic body compatibility tables from here... http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/connect/index.html
(they are needed to see how Olympus components behave on Panasonic bodies)
All Panasonic lens compatibility tables here... http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/connect/FourThirds_lens.html
(they are needed to see how Panasonic lenses behave on Olympus bodies)
SLRGear Olympus lens tests. http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showcat.php/cat/7
SLRGear Panasonic lens tests. http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showcat.php/cat/67
Photozone M4/3 lens tests. http://www.photozone.de/m43
LensTip lens reviews http://www.lenstip.com/lenses_reviews.html
Nice lens chart at bottom of http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/lens/index.html
Another lens chart. http://four-thirds.org/en/microft/lens_chart.html
Matching simulation, see any M4/3 body with any lens. http://www.four-thirds.org/en/special/matching.html
Size comparison, most brands http://camerasize.com/compact/
Olympus list of lens adapters. http://www.olympusamerica.com/files/oima_cckb/MFT_Adapters_EN.pdf
Where to buy lens adapters. http://www.rainbowimaging.biz/shop/category.php?id_category=3&p=2
Also adapters for sale. http://www.fotodiox.com/index.php?cPath=21_101&sort=2a&max=100
Adapters in Australia http://jjcphotography.com.au/catelist.aspx?cid=73&sid=735&bid=116
Also lens hoods in Australia http://jjcphotography.com.au/catelist.aspx?cid=73&sid=220&bid=1205
Also, expensive but nicer adapters. http://www.novoflex.com/en/products/adapters/adapters-for-microfourthirds-cameras/
Compatible flash list. http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog/panasonic/11-flash.html#flashlist
Michael Meissner's excellent flash list http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash2.html
A 1.5 hour video of an Olympus rep showing E-P3 menus and also wireless flash operation, it is a B&H organised seminar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxFFkZot24I and the general info is useful for all Olympus M4/3. Contains some errors and uncertainties, use with caution.
Using MySets http://www.mediafire.com/?a9av4rzk72pn4z6 5 page rtf file. Also here for more help.
sensibly written page explaining crop factor and what you may expect
when using a different sensor size than you normally are used to http://dpanswers.com/content/tech_crop.php
Olympus camera history since 1919 http://www.olympus-global.com/en/corc/history/
Pen reviews and previews at DPReview site.
Some may also own the Olympus XZ-1, here's a nice collected tips page... http://jon404.com/xz1tips.htm
Nice user review of VF-2 and VF-3 http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=39337642
E-P3 LCD too vivid, fix it, see here http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=40003664
Panasonic about why to use Mode 2 OIS..... https://panasonic.ca/english/audiovideo/camerascamcorders/digitalstill/megaOIS.asp
Sensorgen tech comparison between sensors, many brands http://www.sensorgen.info/
Laws about street photography in Australia. http://18.104.22.168/info-sheets/info-sheet/street-photographers-rights/ and Google for similar information related to your own country or State or City.