Olympus E-1

Day Lilly - Olympus E-1 Color

Submitted by Ken Norton on Sat, 07/16/2016 - 17:20

I took this photo with the Olympus E-1 and OM Zuiko 100/2 lens. The color is straight out of camera, with just contrast and brightness adjustments applied. No saturation, vibrance or color changes. The biggest challenge with the E-1 is making sure you don't overexpose the image and clip the reds. Processed in Lightroom with sharpening and noise reduction in NIK.

Day Lilly

Sunset at Green Valley Lake

Submitted by Ken Norton on Thu, 05/12/2016 - 22:18

I got out and exercised the Olympus E-1 this evening. That amazing Kodak sensor may be 13 years old, but it still rocks the colors. Green Valley State Park, Creston, IA. Processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Green Valley


Here is the same picture WITHOUT editing. Please understand that editing choises are artistic choices. No two people will edit the picture to the same conclusion, nor would I edit it to the same conclusion the next time I touch it.

Unedited version

Olympus E-1 Firmware Updating

Submitted by Ken Norton on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:22

Most Olympus E-1 cameras were shipped with firmware 1.0 or 1.1 installed. The last firmware version released was 1.5. If your camera is not running 1.4 or 1.5, there are substantial performance penalties in focusing, shutter latency and CF card read/write. In fact, the default version 1.0 won't even allow you to shoot another picture until the buffer is cleared.

To check your version:

1. Turn camera off.

2. Open memory card door.

3. Turn camera on.

4. Press the green Play button and OK button at the same time.

5. Read the firmware version on the screen.

6. Turn camera off and close the door.

Updating the camera is a problem now. The current releases of Olympus Viewer and Studio no longer are able to update the E-1. Older versions still do. If you still have Olympus Viewer 2 running on your computer, you should be able to update. If not, you may be out of luck.

Or not...

Contact us at Zone-10.com and we can arrange with you to update the camera to Version 1.5 for $10 and the cost of shipping two/from here. Any included lenses will be checked and updated too. This is a limited time offer, and is available for as long as Olympus maintains the on-line update files in their current location.

Don't delay. The performance gain with the update is substantial and we don't know how long the update files will be provided.

Ken Norton