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OM-D guidebook

The one gripe I do have with the Olympus OM-D is that their user guide manual is so difficult to follow. I have the full manual - ie everything that is on the disc but am still not happy. Old Time Cameras prepare printed booklets of almost every camera and as always, I got mine through them. But being used to as I am to the very clear and precise instructions of the Canon manuals, I find the Olympus one for the OM-D is very haphazardly laid out.

How long is it before there is an independent User Guide for the OM-D? Considering its popularity, I was hoping that it would be sooner than later.
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Re: OM-D guidebook

I am not an OM-D user yet, but giving it serious thought, here is a great review/user guide called, "Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5".

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/911...e-olympus-e-m5

Hope you find it helpful.

All the best

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Re: OM-D guidebook

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I am not an OM-D user yet, but giving it serious thought, here is a great review/user guide called, "Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5".

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/911...e-olympus-e-m5

Hope you find it helpful.

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Re: OM-D guidebook

What would be the best 10 reasons to purchase the OM-D EM-5. I still plan to retain my E3 plus lenses and maybe purchase the MMF 3 adapter.

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Re: OM-D guidebook

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What would be the best 10 reasons to purchase the OM-D EM-5.
Not necessarily in order of importance:
  1. Size
  2. Camera Build Quality
  3. Image Quality
  4. Design (though not perfect in every respect)
  5. Lens Availability
Do I really have to find 5 more reasons?
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Re: OM-D guidebook

I think David's summed it up nicely!
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Re: OM-D guidebook

Thanks guys for the reasons, food for thought, I must get my hands on one to see how comfortable it is in the hands to operate. Two of the reasons I purchased the E3 were the articulating screen and the way it felt comfortable to hold and operate.

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Re: OM-D guidebook

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The one gripe I do have with the Olympus OM-D is that their user guide manual is so difficult to follow. I have the full manual - ie everything that is on the disc but am still not happy. Old Time Cameras prepare printed booklets of almost every camera and as always, I got mine through them. But being used to as I am to the very clear and precise instructions of the Canon manuals, I find the Olympus one for the OM-D is very haphazardly laid out.

How long is it before there is an independent User Guide for the OM-D? Considering its popularity, I was hoping that it would be sooner than later.
I took delivery of my OM-D a week ago and have been struggling a bit in finding my way about the rather complex system of menus, sub-menus, modes etc. This is my first Olympus camera though I have had considerable experience with other brands mainly Pentax and Ricoh.

The lack of a printed manual is frustrating. I have printed out the manual on disk as well as installing it on my computer. I am sure that most of the essential information is there but it is not always easy to find. I have made a collection of the online guides and notes such as the DPreview user guide which was most helpful in getting started.

I am getting there and have set up most of the features I commonly use to my liking but the learning curve would be made easier with better printed documentation. I am thinking of something along the lines of the "Magic Lantern" series of camera guides though they do not seem to have issued one covering the OM-D as yet.

On a more cheerful note I am enjoying getting acquainted with this wonderful camera and have found a lot of information by browsing on this forum.
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Re: OM-D guidebook

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Not necessarily in order of importance:
  1. Size
  2. Camera Build Quality
  3. Image Quality
  4. Design (though not perfect in every respect)
  5. Lens Availability
Do I really have to find 5 more reasons?
I would add:
*Higher sensitivity (it's good for Auto ISO being set to 200-6400) to 25600 ISO
*Even better IS with 5 Axis system
*Super Control Panel functions selectable by touch screen if desired
*Touch Screen with many uses (& it it is useful)
*EVF can show everything the display does or not as desired
*HLD-6 Grip option as well
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The lack of a printed manual is frustrating. I have printed out the manual on disk as well as installing it on my computer. I am sure that most of the essential information is there but it is not always easy to find.
That is what I meant. I too have the full manual on print but the layout is a bit confusing.

I think/hope that there will be an independent guide out soon.
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Re: OM-D guidebook

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I took delivery of my OM-D a week ago and have been struggling a bit in finding my way about the rather complex system of menus, sub-menus, modes etc. This is my first Olympus camera though I have had considerable experience with other brands mainly Pentax and Ricoh.

The lack of a printed manual is frustrating. I have printed out the manual on disk as well as installing it on my computer. I am sure that most of the essential information is there but it is not always easy to find. I have made a collection of the online guides and notes such as the DPreview user guide which was most helpful in getting started.

I am getting there and have set up most of the features I commonly use to my liking but the learning curve would be made easier with better printed documentation. I am thinking of something along the lines of the "Magic Lantern" series of camera guides though they do not seem to have issued one covering the OM-D as yet.

On a more cheerful note I am enjoying getting acquainted with this wonderful camera and have found a lot of information by browsing on this forum.
ayewing -

Welcome to e-group.

There is quite an amount of info on the site and I hope you find your way around to discover it.

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Re: OM-D guidebook

If someone would like to loan me an E-M5 for, say, six months I will willingly write a user's guide!
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If someone would like to loan me an E-M5 for, say, six months I will willingly write a user's guide!
Methinks you'll need more than 6 months to get round EVERY combination of settings, and why/how/if they work.

Sometimes I think I've mastered a function, only to find that a couple of weeks later it's mysteriously changed the way it operates. As the good Lady W says when she loses/forgets something - it must be the fairies! (looking accusingly at me )
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Welcome to e-group.

There is quite an amount of info on the site and I hope you find your way around to discover it.

Regards. Barr1e
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Re: OM-D guidebook

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If someone would like to loan me an E-M5 for, say, six months I will willingly write a user's guide!
Keep trying John. You never know what might happen.

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