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 down the page 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
Various ebooks from Gary Friedman at http://www.friedmanarchives.com/ 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
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/
Andrzej Wrotniak's pages are of help with Pen and OM-D cameras.
New to me is https://www.adorama.com/alc
where the big New York photo store has a bunch of general info and help
for still and video shooters, not M4/3 specific of course.
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 Europe starting point for manuals https://www.olympus-europa.com/site/en/c/cameras_support/downloads/index.html
Olympus USA Support entry point for manuals, brochures, FAQs, downloads etc.. http://www.olympusamerica.com/
change so best to drill down into cameras from the start page. Never
found the USA pages useful, best to go to the Japan pages for more
reliable information and reliably maintained pages.
All Olympus bodies, FAQs and general information from Japan 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 https://www.apotelyt.com/photo-camera/olympus-mft-shutter-count or http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/hidden.html
Find your shutter count Panasonic http://www.apotelyt.com/photo-camera/panasonic-g-shutter-count
with Panasonic shutter counts only the mechanical shutter is counted,
the electronic shutter is not in that count. Olympus finally sorted
that out in latest bodies, but other ones add electronic shutter
to mechanical shutter 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 https://cs.olympus-imaging.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/qa/contents/ow/ow_a2.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-PL1/2/3/5/6/7/8/9, E-PM1/2, E-M10 Mk1/Mk2/Mk3 can use
the BLS-1 or BLS-5 or BLS-50. All of E-P5, Pen-F, E-M5 Mk1/Mk2, E-M1 Mk1 use the
BLN-1 battery. E-M1 Mk2 uses the BLH-1 battery.
Olympus Workspace download Win/Mac.... https://support.olympus-imaging.com/owdownload (use
'123456789' as a serial number for the download, it works). Also
includes the firmware updater program. Olympus Workspace reads and edits
any jpegs, from all brand cameras, but only will convert Olympus ORF files, no other brand RAW files are handled.
Olympus Capture for E-M1 Mk1 v2 firmware and up, or E-M1 Mk2 or E-M5 Mk2 ...... 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...... Google for more recommended free or cost programs.
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 new list at http://www.m43lenses.com/ Select the lens brand/type etc to make an easier to see display.
A useful M4/3 lens list with info on 4/3 lenses http://hazeghi.org/mft-lenses.html
Another excellent list is at https://www.apotelyt.com/photo-lens/micro-four-thirds-catalog
A very useful page on mixing Olympus and Panasonic bodies and lenses https://www.apotelyt.com/photo-lens/mft-compatibilityAll 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)
Olympus lens tests. https://www.imaging-resource.com/lenses/olympus/reviews/
Panasonic lens tests. https://www.imaging-resource.com/lenses/panasonic/reviews/
Optical Limits M4/3 lens tests (was Photozone) http://www.opticallimits.com/m43
LensTip lens reviews http://www.lenstip.com/lenses_reviews.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 PDF 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
Best to Google for the exact adapter required, they come from all sorts of sources.
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
Compatible flash list (old badly maintained). http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog/panasonic/11-flash.html#flashlist
Michael Meissner's old but useful flash list http://www.the-meissners.org/olympus-flash2.html
Using early days MySets http://www.mediafire.com/?a9av4rzk72pn4z6 5 page rtf file. Also here for more help.
Olympus camera Museum https://www.olympus-global.com/brand/museum/camera/
A quick look at some of Olympus' private museum by Blunty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RWOS0U-DFY
Olympus 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
Thorough user review of VF-2 and VF-3 http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1041&message=39337642
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/
Last updated slowly fix broken links 8 Dec 2021