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Why Not Olympus Master 2?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Dave Jenkins, May 17, 2011.

  1. Dave Jenkins

    Dave Jenkins Mu-43 Veteran

    It appears that not many people in this user group use Olympus Master 2 to do their RAW conversions. I'm curious as to why that is.

    I've been a faithful user of Capture One since I began shooting digitally in 2003. I currently have version 4.8 because it works well with my Canon 5D and 20D. If I get a newer Canon, I suppose I will have to update. This version of Capture One does not, of course, work with my Oly E-PL1, so for now I'm stuck with Master 2 if I want to shoot RAW. How do results from Master 2 compare with those from other conversion programs?

    I'm not interested in buying any more software at this time, so is there a better program than Master 2 that is available as a free download?

    Thanks, all, for your help.

    Dave Jenkins

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  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    I'll give it a try next time I process my RAW files....
  3. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hi David,

    I'm sure someone will jump in here and help you momentarily...

    I'm a straight up Mac user, and even though I don't use it, they all come with iPhoto which to the best of my knowledge imports the camera RAWS...

    Give it a few minutes and you'll get an answer...

    Cheers, Alan
  4. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Two answer for the price of one.

    1. Olympus Master 2 is not updated and scheduled to retire. Read it on Oly site when looking for my E-PL1

    2. Olympus Viewer 2 is updated and does all that OM2 did before, including E-5 and E-PL2 support in Art Filters if you like them. Plus it's free.

    Here: OLYMPUS Viewer 2 Download
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  5. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    I've used Olympus viewer 2 and its not bad. It is a little slow though.
  6. I only use Master 2 because it's much easier to do exact crops than my version of photoshop. It's a good browser and viewer as well. Unfortunately it does have one very annoying feature where it modifies the exif data of any image and rebrands it as an Olympus e.g. Olympus Canon EOS 50D.
  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Okay, I won't give it a try...:biggrin:
  8. Dave Jenkins

    Dave Jenkins Mu-43 Veteran

    I downloaded Viewer 2 and used it this morning. It's a bit slow, but otherwise seems to be a good program. Thanks for the tip.
  9. Dave Jenkins

    Dave Jenkins Mu-43 Veteran

    I take it back. Viewer 2 isn't just a bit slow, it's extremely slow! I think I'm going back to jpegs for now.
  10. timallenphoto

    timallenphoto Mu-43 Veteran

    May 20, 2011
    Kent, England
    I'm used to using Canon's DPP for raw processing and although Viewer 2 is quite full featured it is incredibly slow to do anything. I think I'll buy either Elements 9 or Aperture for my E-P1 raws.
  11. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Well... everything except tethered shooting. :)  Although there is a work-around to activate tethering on Viewer 2 that you can google, but you need to have had Olympus Master installed first.
  12. peak4

    peak4 Mu-43 Rookie

    Ned, I hadn't realised tethered shooting was available on any of the micro 4/3s bodies.
    There is another route, Studio 2 has tethered shooting.
    As I'm sure you know, it was a paid for program which is now out of date and no longer for sale, Viewer being Oly's preferred program.
    If you e-mail Olympus in the US they will send you a free key so that you can enable a trial version of Studio 2 to use for tethered work.
  13. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    D'oh, sorry... that was my lack of foresight. You're right, none of the :43: bodies tether as far as I know either. I just wasn't paying to which forum I was on, as I do shoot with both Four-Thirds and Micro Four-Thirds systems. :) 
  14. timallenphoto

    timallenphoto Mu-43 Veteran

    May 20, 2011
    Kent, England
    With regards to what I said about speed of Viewer 2, actually using the program is painful, but I'm currently saving my entire shoot from yesterday again with the noise reduction increased and the batch saving speed is acceptable. Why screen updates etc are so slow when you are using it I don't know. A shame.
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