how to read serial no.

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Guy Parsons
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Re: how to read serial no.

cba_melbourne wrote:

Guy Parsons wrote:

The question is, why are you trying to learn the date of your camera?

One reason is when you try buying used. Especially lenses that were released more than 10 years ago, but are still sold. You could buy a lens that is only one year old, or one that is 11 years old, and that may influence how much you are willing to pay for it.

Yup, fair enough. The OP is talking E-M5 Mk3 and 12-100mm so I naively assumed it was a new purchase as being most likely.

With Panasonic, the serial number tells the manufacturing date.

Yes, that's nice.

Not so with Olympus.

Olympus does not like to tell us dates. They are probably even horrified that the way to get into the service menu escaped into the wild. Nobody gets their service manuals it seems.

Whereas if you can find a service manual for a Panasonic camera it tells their method. Once earlier with Panasonic Australia web site they actually gave (accidentally) the link to the service manual for one of their M4/3 cameras at release, it disappeared soon after.

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