Olympus Pen & OM-D Links

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Some 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/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
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.

Some useful E-M1 links coming soon, collecting links now. Meanwhile 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.
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.

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 source is this.....

Panasonic Euro Manuals Gatewayhttp://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.

Firmware 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
Battery note, all of E-P1/2/3, E-PL1/2/3/5/6, E-PM1/2, E-M10 can use the BLS-1 or BLS-5. All of E-P5, E-M5, E-M1 use the BLN-1 battery.

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

For Panasonic files only free Silkypix SE V4.1 RAW and jpeg editor. http://www.isl.co.jp/SILKYPIX/english/p/
Silkypix 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 accessed.

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
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26829

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.....
.....Lenses http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/compati/pen_mzdl.cfm
.....Flashes http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/compati/pen_flashes.cfm
.....Power supplies/batteries http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/compati/pen_power.cfm
.....Viewfinders http://www.olympus.co.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/compati/pen_optical.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.
http://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/slrs?sort=chronological&view=grid

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

A few misc. links......
A 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
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.
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://122.201.92.45/info-sheets/info-sheet/street-photographers-rights/ and Google for similar information related to your own country or State or City.


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