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Gate Keeper 4th April 2018 10:43 AM

Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Good day to all. Can anyone please recommend a handbook, not the manual, available as a download for my mini iPad, on how to master the OMD EM1? Thank you very much.

Bengeo 4th April 2018 01:38 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Mk2:
http://www.friedmanarchives.com/OlympusE-M1-2/index.htm

Mk1:
http://www.friedmanarchives.com/OlympusE-M1/index.htm

Truxten Spangler 4th April 2018 04:19 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Hi Phil,

You might find something on this list of Olympus related links:

http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog...pl1-links.html

Gate Keeper 4th April 2018 05:38 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Truxten Spangler (Post 444324)
Hi Phil,

You might find something on this list of Olympus related links:

http://homepages.ihug.com.au/~parsog...pl1-links.html

Gosh, thats quite a comprehensive list you included there. Many thanks for that.

Gate Keeper 4th April 2018 05:42 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Thank you very much Andy. I read in one of the posts here how a member was on the verge of giving up with his OMD camera until he came across the above publication for the E-M1. He called it his bible and he said it saved him. I was not able to find any other views on the forum about it. Thank you again for the link, most helpful.

Bengeo 4th April 2018 05:49 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Hi Phil,

I can recommend them. You can't really lose:

"Money-Back Guarantee Okay, here's the details on the 'risk-free' part. Buy the .pdf format and plow through it for two weeks. If you don't think this book offers the clearest explanations, if you didn't end up learning anything new, or it is not the single best value in terms of dollars-per-knowledge ratio, just send Gary an email and he'll personally refund your purchase price."

Gate Keeper 4th April 2018 06:10 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bengeo (Post 444329)
Hi Phil,

I can recommend them. You can't really lose:

"Money-Back Guarantee Okay, here's the details on the 'risk-free' part. Buy the .pdf format and plow through it for two weeks. If you don't think this book offers the clearest explanations, if you didn't end up learning anything new, or it is not the single best value in terms of dollars-per-knowledge ratio, just send Gary an email and he'll personally refund your purchase price."

Hi Andy,

Thank you for reaching out and giving me specs about it, appreciated :)

Otto 5th April 2018 08:06 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Anyone know how similar the Pen-F is to the E-M1 mkII? I'm guessing "very" but there are enough differences between my Pen-F and my E-M5 mkI to make it a bit frustrating. If Friedman's book throws some light into the darker corners of the Pen-F it might be worth the investment!

RobEW 6th April 2018 07:07 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
I haven't seen the Friedman book before. I have Young & Johnson's book on E-M5 II (the E-M1 version is here https://rockynook.com/shop/photograp...pus-om-d-e-m1/ ) and Busch's book on E-M1 classic ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/David-Busch.../dp/1305106628 ) .

Both are good (and far better than the manual) but neither is perfect or comprehensive, and both show signs of "cut and paste" of text from similar cameras. However, for someone like me with 60-year old eyes, the screenshots in Young & Johnson are too small to see. It might be better in the pdf version.

Otto 6th April 2018 08:05 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
I am unimpressed with Busch's book on the E-M5 MkI to be honest, it contains very little that isn't in the manual, and quite a lot of cut-and-paste generic material. On that basis I wouldn't buy another of his books.

Gate Keeper 8th April 2018 06:44 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 444346)
Anyone know how similar the Pen-F is to the E-M1 mkII? I'm guessing "very" but there are enough differences between my Pen-F and my E-M5 mkI to make it a bit frustrating. If Friedman's book throws some light into the darker corners of the Pen-F it might be worth the investment!

Robin Wong and Pen-F blog, part 1 and part 2. He says he is an Olympus employee. Any use?
https://robinwong.blogspot.co.ke/201...ew-part-1.html

Gate Keeper 8th April 2018 06:48 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gate Keeper (Post 444533)
Robin Wong and Pen-F blog, part 1 and part 2. He says he is an Olympus employee. Any use?
https://robinwong.blogspot.co.ke/201...ew-part-1.html

I left Nikon last August and went over to Olympus. Advice from the gurus here, suggested I start with the OMD EM1 Mark 1, learn and practice with it first. Then if I like the set up Olympus offers, sell the Mark 1 and then upgrade....I am still learning :)

Otto 8th April 2018 08:54 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gate Keeper (Post 444533)
Robin Wong and Pen-F blog, part 1 and part 2. He says he is an Olympus employee. Any use?
https://robinwong.blogspot.co.ke/201...ew-part-1.html

Thanks Phil, a very comprehensive review as would be expected from Robin, but I'm looking more for a "how to do it" approach. The live time and live composite modes are interesting but the manual's a bit light on how to get the best out of them.

Phill D 8th April 2018 09:22 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Otto there is a Facebook learning live composite site that is worth a look. I got this link from there.
http://www.ayton.id.au/wiki/doku.php...live_composite

Bengeo 8th April 2018 09:33 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Otto (Post 444548)
The live time and live composite modes are interesting but the manual's a bit light on how to get the best out of them.

These might help:

https://www.hireacamera.com/en-gb/bl...des-explained/

https://camerajabber.com/how-to-use-...omposite-mode/

https://www.olympuspassion.com/2017/...-om-d-cameras/

The Friedman EM1 Mk2 book has about 10 pages on these modes.

Otto 8th April 2018 09:46 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Thanks Phill and Andy, those are very useful :).

Ricoh 8th April 2018 11:14 AM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
In the days of analogue photography the issue was two fold: HOW to photograph and WHAT to photograph. With digital, the HOW is no longer an issue, you just press the shutter release, right?

So the appropriate questions today are WHAT should I photograph and IN WHAT WAY should I express myself to be different from every other Tom, Dick and Harry.

Otto 8th April 2018 12:04 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
With the OM-2 you just pressed the shutter release too and you got a properly exposed photo (though not necessarily in focus!). You didn't even need to switch it on - when the mirror flipped up it switched the auto-exposure electronics on whether the meter was switched on or not. The meter was for indication only, the actual exposure was handled by a completely separate circuit. Maitani was a genius :).

These days digital cameras are so complex that "how" to photograph is still very relevant in my opinion!

RobEW 1st October 2018 03:51 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Sadly the links don't seem to work ... :-(

Maybe:

http://www.friedmanarchives.com/om-d-e-m1/

and http://www.friedmanarchives.com/olympus-e-m1-ii/

tomphotofx 5th October 2018 07:10 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Hi

This is a video course that covers everything on the EM-1 in great detail plus extras, better still it's only $19 dollars which is a bargain at the price. They also do one for the EM-2 should you decide to upgrade.

Link for the course

https://www.creativelive.com/class/o...t-john-greengo

I hope this helps.

Tom

Phill D 5th October 2018 08:33 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Have you tried it Tom?

tomphotofx 6th October 2018 10:55 PM

Re: Recommended Olympus reading?
 
Hi Phill

I have the EM-1 and Mark 2 videos I found them very helpful John Greengo covers every thing in great detail well worth the money to get you up and running very quickly, highly recommended.

Kind regards

Tom


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