Modified firmware, looking for users

Mack

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Well the one I mentioned I have been using for about 7 years I also bought refurbished from Olympus. If this was a common issue with firmware then I would expect all bodies to experience this. Since I have only heard of these issue right now from you, logic would indicate it is with your specific copy and therefore likely hardware related.
It could be hardware (shutter?) according to this thread: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55878124

It's worse when I do any sort of bracketing where the final shot may lock it up. Single shot isn't a problem, but sometimes a sequence burst will jam it requiring me to remove and reinsert the battery. Think I'll live with it as this one looks really clean overall compared to other used ones I've gotten. Don't know if Olympus Service will fix it due to it being a converted IR camera by someone else. Probably claim it needs a new sensor as well as shutter - if that's the lock-up issue.

Fwiw, this third E-M1.1 was a used one from Lifepixel who gets them from maybe KEH or MEH to convert them to IR for sale on their website. Their used conversion sale took about a month so I'm guessing they buy a used one elsewhere and then convert it. Unfortunately, the first two from them suffered the bad E-M1.1 shutter dial issue and went back the same day I got them. They were puzzled as they say they check them prior to shipping, but dpreview is full of the E-M1 rear dial issues. Learning experience for them and me.
 

sunnyasia

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I have PEN-F with official fw 3.1, I'm trying to install hacked version but PowerOn+OK doesn't work at all. The camera is switching on as usual. Is there any lock in the newest firmware?
 

dbateman

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It could be hardware (shutter?) according to this thread: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55878124

It's worse when I do any sort of bracketing where the final shot may lock it up. Single shot isn't a problem, but sometimes a sequence burst will jam it requiring me to remove and reinsert the battery. Think I'll live with it as this one looks really clean overall compared to other used ones I've gotten. Don't know if Olympus Service will fix it due to it being a converted IR camera by someone else. Probably claim it needs a new sensor as well as shutter - if that's the lock-up issue.

Fwiw, this third E-M1.1 was a used one from Lifepixel who gets them from maybe KEH or MEH to convert them to IR for sale on their website. Their used conversion sale took about a month so I'm guessing they buy a used one elsewhere and then convert it. Unfortunately, the first two from them suffered the bad E-M1.1 shutter dial issue and went back the same day I got them. They were puzzled as they say they check them prior to shipping, but dpreview is full of the E-M1 rear dial issues. Learning experience for them and me.
I am lucky to not have experienced this. But I use Samsung or Sandisk 256 Gb micro SD cards in adapters for my cameras. I would guess it to be your memory card as you are having the same problem in many cameras.

The rear dial issue isn't actually hardware problem. Its dust that gets stuck between the dial optical sensor. When mine acts up I spray the dial while rotating it with a high pressure air can. That solves it for a couple of months.
Dust shouldn't get trapped so easily, but it does.
 

martinkuipers

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I will test the firmware on my e-m10 iii tonight! If you have more experimental versions, like flat profile or other bitrates (one can hope ;)), I am willing to test this
 

Michael Meissner

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FWIW, it looks like toshische has not posted since March of 2021. I was trying to download the 'official' E-m5 mark III rar file, and the domain that he/she/they used no longer resolves via a host lookup. Hopefully people have saved these files (I have my own stash, but I wanted to make sure I had the right files).

Abel (who started this thread) stopped posting in 2019, but at least the rar/zip files posted are still available.
 

r8n

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Thanks @ABel and others, I now have the ability to focus stack with more lenses.
Just curious is this symbol that pops up for a fraction of a second during startup an indication that the hack is active?
Never noticed it before.
 

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kbouk

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Nope, it’s Supersonic Wave Filter (SSWF) dust reduction system symbol.
 

Monstrousfizzypencils

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The original hacker, Abel, stated that it was available for any arbitrary lens so does this include ZD lenses used with adapter?

Thank you for your reply in advance
 

PakkyT

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The original hacker, Abel, stated that it was available for any arbitrary lens so does this include ZD lenses used with adapter?
While I haven't tried the firmware myself, but your question raises two issues. First it needs to be an AF lens so yes the ZD lenses would fall under that category, but do they have to be CDAF compatible lenses rather than PDAF in order to do the micro AF adjustments for each shot? That could be were there might be a stumbling block and may limit you to CDAF capable ZD lenses such as the 14-54 Mk2 and the 70-300 and maybe one or two others which I think were all kit lenses mostly at the time before they moved on to m43.
 

Monstrousfizzypencils

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A pity but interesting about the 70300 which has the greatest macro capability of any Olympus digital telephoto lens.

Thanks.
 

barry13

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The CDAF in the 70-300 was added as a firmware update and has a poor reputation for CDAF performance.
But I agree about the macro capability; got a great shot of a monarch butterfly with it.
 

Michael Meissner

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One thing I noticed on my E-m1 mark II (and I assume E-m1 mark III and E-m1x) is that the camera will only read firmware from the card in the first slot (the UHS-II compatible slot). Since I have two 128GB cards in the camera, I decided to keep a DCOLYMP directory in each card. The UHS-II card that I own has the modified v1.4 firmware and the UHS-I card has the Olympus v1.5 firmware.
 

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