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. Some miscellaneous links here.
Olympus Pen/OM-D series of cameras. http://asia.olympus-imaging.com/product/dslr/index.html new address as at Jan 2015, all other Olympus info linked from this new page.
Pages for Pen from here http://www.olympuspen.com and should open with your country specific pages.
Pages for OM-D from here http://www.olympusomd.com and should open with your country specific pages.
New page for PRO lenses, also lens road map http://zuikopro.olympus-imaging.com/en-au/
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
Features Explained http://asia.olympus-global.com/imsg/webmanual/dslr_function/antishock/index_mft.html start with Anti-Shock but select what you need to explore on the left column, plenty of sensible reading.
Various ebooks from Gary Friedman at http://friedmanarchivespress.com/ashop/ and for a free sample to see the style try the E-M1 V4 firmware update pages at http://friedmanarchives.com/~download/1me/E-M1_Firmware_4.pdf
| It is best to Google for E-M1 reviews and help. Review here. Some tips here. John Foster's excellent help page on setting up the E-M1. More setup tips here and info on the Colour Creator feature from Robin Wong here. Robin Wong's settings cheat sheet is here.|
List of all possible button settings here.
Some useful E-M5 links
My E-PL1 and general Olympus M4/3 pages here.
My E-PL5 comments and notes here.
My E-P5 menu help is here. Worth exploring even for most other Olympus Pen/OM-D bodies as they all have the same DNA with only a few differences.
Robin Wong's blog is always worth reading. http://robinwong.blogspot.com.au/
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
Panasonic information and manuals are much harder to find than Olympus and I find the only reliable sources are these.....
Panasonic Canada Support Manuals Download http://help.panasonic.ca/english/support/operatinginstructions/query.asp
Panasonic Euro Manuals Gateway. http://dlc.panasonic-europe-service.com/EUDocs/
enter search item like 'dmcgx7', shows
all available downloads, the big files are the user manuals, the
smaller files are the useless manuals. Usually takes a month or two
after a new camera release before the full user manual is added.
Find your shutter count Olympus http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog/olyepl1/12-epl1-shotcount.html or http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/hidden.html
Find your shutter count Panasonic http://www.apotelyt.com/photo-camera/panasonic-g-shutter-count Note: with Panasonic shutter counts only the mechanical shutter is counted, the electronic shutter is not in that count.
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
all of E-P1/2/3, E-PL1/2/3/5/6/7, E-PM1/2, E-M10/ii can use
the BLS-1 or BLS-5/50. All of E-P5, Pen-F, E-M5/ii, E-M1 use the
Olympus Viewer 3 download Win/Mac.... http://support.olympus-imaging.com/ov3download/ (use '123456789' as a serial number for the download, it works).
Olympus Viewer 3 reads and edits any jpegs, from all cameras, but only will convert Olympus ORF files, no other RAW files are handled.
Olympus Firmware Update Program alone..... http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_downloads_updater.asp
Olympus Capture for E-M1 v2 firmware only so far ...... http://app.olympus-imaging.com/olympuscapture/ (can use '123456789' as a serial number) to tether the camera to a computer.
Windows Remote Control of WiFi Olympus cameras https://rebs.biz/cc/en/index.html
For Panasonic files only free Silkypix SE V4.4 RAW and jpeg editor. http://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/p/
SE for Panasonic reads/edits ONLY Panasonic RAW, jpeg and tiff files,
and not for every model of Panasonic. No other camera jpegs can be
Some other raw converters, all have free trial periods......
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
A useful M4/3 lens list with info on 4/3 lenses http://hazeghi.org/mft-lenses.html
Another excellent list is at http://hennigarts.com/micro-four-thirds-lenses.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
A 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.
Olympus camera history since 1919 http://www.olympus-global.com/en/corc/history/
A quick look at some of Olympus' private museum by Blunty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RWOS0U-DFY
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
Have Slides to Scan? Try this link http://scantips.com/es-1.html (2 pages, read both) where there is a good description of using the Nikon ES-1 with a camera.
Sensorgen tech comparison between sensors, many brands http://www.sensorgen.info/
Laws about street photography in Australia. https://www.artslaw.com.au/info-sheets/info-sheet/street-photographers-rights/ and Google for similar information related to your own country or State or City.