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Old Mar 22, 2006, 8:53 PM   #11
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I am planning on getting the E-500 two lens kit. I found upgrading the firmware and software to latest revs is the first thing to do. Second thing is read the book and play with each setting. Third thing, read and post to this site to learn tricks and tips.
Sounds like a good plan. You might also want to refer to Olympus Photo Schools for free lessons on specific kinds of photography.

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Old Mar 22, 2006, 9:43 PM   #12
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I am planning on getting the E-500 two lens kit. I found upgrading the firmware and software to latest revs is the first thing to do. Second thing is read the book and play with each setting. Third thing, read and post to this site to learn tricks and tips.
I just received my E-500 today! whooo whooo! I have only played with it for a couple of hours now...but already I am navigating around the menu's etc without any problems whatsoever.

I have encountered one little snag however..and that is this : I was able to upgrade my software to 1.41 (i believe)...but when I very carefully went through the steps to upgrade the firmware for the camera..I kept getting "camera not detected" error messages.

I tried every USB port I have..which are 8 total..6 of which have devices that are connected and working...but I have not been able to get the camera "detected".

Any thoughts on what I may be doing wrong?

Oh...and the practice pictures I have taken so far look great!

The camera feels great in my hands....the viewfinder issue (being small) which I thought might be a "deal breaker" for me...has turned out not to be a problem at all.

So...all in all...I am a very happy camper....I will be an ecstatic camper if I can get the camera body and lens upgraded to the latest firmware.






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Old Mar 31, 2006, 8:36 AM   #13
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Hey randypamjohnson,

[align=left]I just got my E-500 Two lens kit and had the same issue. [/align]
[align=left]I tried it first onmy laptop then on my desktop. [/align]
[align=left]I had the same results. I put the camera in storage mod on the desktop instead of control and it worked [/align]
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Old Mar 31, 2006, 8:39 AM   #14
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Yep! I found out that you must follow VERY carefully the instructions! hahaha....ya gotta do every little thing EXACTLY as they tell. I got mine updated to firmware 1.2.

Loving this camera though!!


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Old May 19, 2006, 4:43 PM   #15
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Follow instructions carefully? Well there's a glaring error in those instructions. You need to set the 'USB Mode' on the camera to 'Storage' for Olympus Master to detect the camera -- NOT to 'Control' as Olympus tells you. I managed to update my E-500 yesterday only after4failed attemptsthen changing the mode to 'Storage'. Success!
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Old May 20, 2006, 5:26 AM   #16
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I've had my E-500 since December 2005. I absolutely love it. I must say as has already been said that it is a different world from using a "point & Shoot" It'staking me time to really understand the full power and capability that this camera offers as well as understanding the technology used in DSLR photogtography. Being a long tiime 35mm user and a owner of a Canon G2 Digi cam, It was a little discouraging at first, but the more I got to know the camera and the more I understood what can be manipulated, the better my pictures have become. I also invested in the 2.8-3.5 14-54mm zoom as I takemany pictures in low light situations. I can see I'm going to be investing in another lens soon



Here are somerecent pictures I've taken with this camera, in different light settings.

Very low light, Camera set on AUTO, using the 40-150mm ZOOM, White Balance set to CUSTOM 3100K, Picture Mode - Natural, ISO 1600

Photo of Chad Wackerman



This was in full program mode, Only thing I did was set Picture Mode to Monotone



Full Auto Mode






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Don't know where you got your information from The E500 has USB 2.0. Check out these links

http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/ds...ifications.htm

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_...isons92605.htm

It's a great camera :-)







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Full-speed = low speed.

It is compatible with the USB 2.0 standard but it is not the hi-speed USB 2.0 that people have come to know. It is a bit deceptive.



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Full-speed = low speed.

It is compatible with the USB 2.0 standard but it is not the hi-speed USB 2.0 that people have come to know. It is a bit deceptive.



YES! I truly would like to catch that marketing quack that came up with the term "USB 2.0 full speed" and smack him vigorously about the head and shoulders - it is total crap!
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YES! I truly would like to catch that marketing quack that came up with the term "USB 2.0 full speed" and smack him vigorously about the head and shoulders - it is total crap!
Of course, the best (or fastest) solution all around is to get a high-speed USB card reader. I've never downloaded pictures directly from camera via USB, but I used to use the card reader built into my computer. It required nearly 30 minutes to download a single 2GB CF card. I bought a USB reader and that time dropped to 3 minutes.


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