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weecountyman
14th June 2011, 09:51 AM
I've had my 14-42 and 40-150 since they came with the E400 twin lens package about 5 years ago, presumably they are Mk I lenses ?

Just recently I've noticed references to Mk II lenses, can some knowledgable member explain what are the differences are ?

Also, which of the later E series cameras would come with Mk II as standard ?

I'm after an E520 with 14-42 and just wondered if that'll have the Mk II ?

snaarman
14th June 2011, 10:00 AM
I've had my 14-42 and 40-150 since they came with the E400 twin lens package about 5 years ago, presumably they are Mk I lenses ?

Just recently I've noticed references to Mk II lenses, can some knowledgable member explain what are the differences are ?

Also, which of the later E series cameras would come with Mk II as standard ?

I'm after an E520 with 14-42 and just wondered if that'll have the Mk II ?

I had a '400 with the kit lenses, and they were what I would call the mark 2 versions...

Pete

weecountyman
14th June 2011, 10:08 AM
Pete - thanks for that.

The E400 was (to my knowledge) the first Olympus with 4/3 fit, so I assumed the packaged lenses would be considered Mk I.

If not, where do Mk I lenses come into the story ?

snaarman
14th June 2011, 10:15 AM
Pete - thanks for that.

The E400 was (to my knowledge) the first Olympus with 4/3 fit, so I assumed the packaged lenses would be considered Mk I.

If not, where do Mk I lenses come into the story ?


Aha, not so. The E-1 was the first 4/3 and that came with a 14-54 Mk1, or a 14-45 IIRC and the Mk1 40-150.

If you haven't already done it, you can update the firmware in your lenses so they will work better with any new E series camera you might be considering.

BTW. If you like the E400, you would love the E600/620 :)

Pete

weecountyman
14th June 2011, 10:21 AM
Thanks Pete, I forgot about the E-1.

I've used firmware to update kit - was easier than I had expected.

snaarman
14th June 2011, 10:23 AM
Thanks Pete, I forgot about the E-1.

I've used firmware to update kit - was easier than I had expected.

Oh, and the E300 and E330 came before the '400 as well :)

Ian
14th June 2011, 10:26 AM
Oh, and the E300 and E330 came before the '400 as well :)

The E-500 came before the E-400 as well!

The best way to tell if you have the older 40-150 or not is to look at the aperture spec. The older one was brighter (f/3.5-4.5) and the newer one is f/4-5.6.

Ian

wfk
14th June 2011, 10:26 AM
Oh, and the E300 and E330 came before the '400 as well :)

How can you forget the E500! My first ever DSLR! *yes

Ulfric M Douglas
14th June 2011, 10:27 AM
I've had my 14-42 and 40-150 since they came with the E400 twin lens package about 5 years ago, presumably they are Mk I lenses ?
Yer 40-150 that came with early cameras is a MkI, an excellent lens.
Your 14-42 is what it is, there wasn't another version.
(There are two versions of the m4/3rds collapsible 14-42, different fish.)

Early 400/500 kits seemed to have come with various lenses, 14-45, 17-45 and 14-42 (There is just one version of that) ... ! I've seen all on evilbay as original kits.
To my knowledge most e-410/510 came with the 14-42 lens, but I've also seen some e-510 kits with the bulkier 17-45 kit lens.
So from my point of view : nothing's definite when it comes to kit zooms shipping with early bodies.
this page is GOLD ;
http://www.biofos.com/esystem/index.html

wfk
14th June 2011, 10:28 AM
http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/208_ZUIKO_DIGITAL_14-45mm_1_3_5-5_6.htm

http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/208_ZUIKO_DIGITAL_40-150mm_1_3_5-4_5.htm

weecountyman
14th June 2011, 10:35 AM
Yer 40-150 that came with early cameras is a MkI, an excellent lens.

My 40/150 is the 1:4-5.6 model, which Ian advises is the newer version.

The 14/42 enquiry is answered, if only one version.

Thanks Gents.

abacus180
14th June 2011, 10:49 AM
Aha, not so. The E-1 was the first 4/3 and that came with a 14-54 Mk1, or a 14-45 IIRC and the Mk1 40-150.

If you haven't already done it, you can update the firmware in your lenses so they will work better with any new E series camera you might be considering.

BTW. If you like the E400, you would love the E600/620 :)

Pete
Excuse my ignorance. What is firmware and how is it updated. Also I have a pair of Mk1 Kit lenses that came with my E500 and now I have a pair of Mk2s that I have just received with my E620 kit. Are all the bodies and lenses interchangeable as it stands?

francois
14th June 2011, 11:54 AM
Firmware is computer code that is similar to having an operating system for your lens. Sometimes, the manufacturer releases a new version of that firmware that tends to either fix some bugs or add new festures.

With Olympus cameras (apart from the E-1), you need to download and install Olympus Digital Camera Updater which is available at the address:

http://www.olympus-europa.com/consumer/22961.htm

Once it has been installed, you fit the lens onto the camera, connect the camera to the computer using the USB cable and start the Digital Camera Updater application. It will check the camera and the lens fitted and if a firmware update is available, it will show you a new version which you can install. You can visualise the procedure at the address:

http://www.olympus-europa.com/consumer/208_7226.htm

With your new E-620, there is no update to apply, the firmware is still version 1.0.

With lenses, it depends on which one you have. You can go to the website page here:

http://www.olympus-europa.com/consumer/208_8485.htm

and click on a lens to see what firmware version it has. If your lens has an update available for it, you need to fit it to your camera and restart the procedure above.

Whatever you do, you need to make sure you start the update procedure with a fully charged battery. It is bad news if the camera shuts down whilst the update procedure is running. No need to panic though, so long as the camera has juice, the update procedure is safe.

weecountyman
14th June 2011, 11:55 AM
This is the firmware guide link for E520.

http://www.olympus-europa.com/consumer/dslr_digital-slr_firmware_updates_20162.htm

If you have any difficulties locating links for your body and/or lenses, please don't hesitate to ask.

francois
14th June 2011, 11:56 AM
And yes, any 4/3 lens will fit any 4/3 body, from the original E-1 to the latest E-5 and all the two or three digits bodies in between.

Ian
14th June 2011, 01:41 PM
Excuse my ignorance. What is firmware and how is it updated. Also I have a pair of Mk1 Kit lenses that came with my E500 and now I have a pair of Mk2s that I have just received with my E620 kit. Are all the bodies and lenses interchangeable as it stands?

Yes, you can use the lenses on any of your or any other Four Thirds bodies from Olympus or Panasonic Lumix.

Some lenses need a firmware update to work with Live View autofocus better.

Ian

abacus180
14th June 2011, 01:48 PM
Yes, you can use the lenses on any of your or any other Four Thirds bodies from Olympus or Panasonic Lumix.

Some lenses need a firmware update to work with Live View autofocus better.

Ian
Thanks Ian,
What to I need to do for firmware updates?

abacus180
14th June 2011, 01:53 PM
Firmware is computer code that is similar to having an operating system for your lens. Sometimes, the manufacturer releases a new version of that firmware that tends to either fix some bugs or add new festures.

With Olympus cameras (apart from the E-1), you need to download and install Olympus Digital Camera Updater which is available at the address:

http://www.olympus-europa.com/consumer/22961.htm

Once it has been installed, you fit the lens onto the camera, connect the camera to the computer using the USB cable and start the Digital Camera Updater application. It will check the camera and the lens fitted and if a firmware update is available, it will show you a new version which you can install. You can visualise the procedure at the address:

http://www.olympus-europa.com/consumer/208_7226.htm

With your new E-620, there is no update to apply, the firmware is still version 1.0.

With lenses, it depends on which one you have. You can go to the website page here:

http://www.olympus-europa.com/consumer/208_8485.htm

and click on a lens to see what firmware version it has. If your lens has an update available for it, you need to fit it to your camera and restart the procedure above.

Whatever you do, you need to make sure you start the update procedure with a fully charged battery. It is bad news if the camera shuts down whilst the update procedure is running. No need to panic though, so long as the camera has juice, the update procedure is safe.
Thanks for that Francois, very helpful and all new to me I'm sorry to say.

weecountyman
14th June 2011, 02:00 PM
Don't be intimidated by the prospect of updating your kit - I followed the instructions from the Olympus website and found it very straightforward.

Plenty of members to keep you right.

abacus180
14th June 2011, 02:05 PM
Hi Everyone,
Just found out from Olympus that I don't need to do anything on firmware updates for my bodies and lenses.

weecountyman
14th June 2011, 02:21 PM
It don't get any easier than that !!!