BEWARE: BUGS in NEW FIRMWARE 4.2 for E-M1

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Denjw
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BEWARE: BUGS in NEW FIRMWARE 4.2 for E-M1
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As pointed out by horsth in other thread:

According to http://pen-and-tell.blogspot.de/ don't update. fw has some bugs!

malfunctions:

- Focus Stacking
- Keystone
- HDR
- Starlight mode

I just tried the focus stacking with the 300mm f4 and the camera locked up with corrupted images.

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drj3 Forum Pro • Posts: 11,392
Re: BEWARE: BUGS in NEW FIRMWARE 4.2 for E-M1

Now I am glad I decided to wait until I got the new E-M1 MkII before updating my current E-M1.  Thanks for the alert.

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phil from seattle
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Re: BEWARE: BUGS in NEW FIRMWARE 4.2 for E-M1
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So, a trusting soul, earlier today I installed the new firmware Ver 4.2 on my Olympus EM-1. Bad move. Focus stack with the 12-40mm Pro lens is flaky. Sometimes I get errors (focus stacking failed or some such message - it's gone quickly) and sometimes no errors. I've used focus stacking with this lens a fair amount (>100 shots) and never had a stacking error before.

So, until there is another update, I suggest people do not update their EM-1s to the new FW.

doomsterkent New Member • Posts: 8
Re: BEWARE: BUGS in NEW FIRMWARE 4.2 for E-M1

My em-1 ibis become not that  effective after the new update, I hope it just my problem. I can use 1/2 or 1 second shutter speed with clean image on 12MM before the update …Now… I almost 100% blurry shot with same setting…

Ross the Fidller
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Re: BEWARE: BUGS in NEW FIRMWARE 4.2 for E-M1

I have updated mine (took 7 minutes to download) & tried Focus Stacking with the 40-150 Pro lens (with MC14 TC) & it performed fine being hand held (with obvious movement) giving a suitable combined image. I know that lens was already able to do it though. Also, the Keystone Comp works fine too.

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Michael Meissner
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Backing out E-M1 4.2 firmware

I posted this in the other thread, but if you wish to back out the 4.2 firmware to 4.1, you might be able to use this site to restore the 4.1 firmware.  Note, I have not used this site, and I'm not associated with the people who run the site:

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Denjw
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Re: BEWARE: BUGS in NEW FIRMWARE 4.2 for E-M1

Ross the Fidller wrote:

I have updated mine (took 7 minutes to download) & tried Focus Stacking with the 40-150 Pro lens (with MC14 TC) & it performed fine being hand held (with obvious movement) giving a suitable combined image. I know that lens was already able to do it though. Also, the Keystone Comp works fine too.

Hmmm, interesting. I just tried the 12-40mm and had the same malfunction.

Here how the corrupted files look like.

Camera froze, could not turn off with switch, had to eject the battery and reinsert to make camera work again.

Seem to work fine unless I use focus stacking.

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phil from seattle
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Re: Backing out E-M1 4.2 firmware

Michael Meissner wrote:

I posted this in the other thread, but if you wish to back out the 4.2 firmware to 4.1, you might be able to use this site to restore the 4.1 firmware. Note, I have not used this site, and I'm not associated with the people who run the site:

The hacker in me says "hell yeah" but I think discretion is the better part of valor here. It may well be perfectly safe but it would really ruin my day to brick my camera. So, perhaps some one else will be the first penguin off the ice.

greyghost59 Contributing Member • Posts: 688
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hmmm this doesnt sound good...have updated mine but havent used camera since.

So what is the procedure when this happens, will olympus be aware of the problem with the update and how will it be fixed?

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Re: BEWARE: BUGS in NEW FIRMWARE 4.2 for E-M1
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greyghost59 wrote:

hmmm this doesnt sound good...have updated mine but havent used camera since.

So what is the procedure when this happens, will olympus be aware of the problem with the update and how will it be fixed?

If Olympus fixes it, it will be a new update that replaces this update.

IIRC, the E-M5 had an issue with version 1.2 of the firmware.  Olympus then issued the 1.3 firmware to back out the 'features' of 1.2, and then issued the 1.4 firmware to provide the 1.2 features in a fixed fashion: E-M5 mark I firmware

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phil from seattle
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Report this problem to Olympus
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I suggest every USA EM-1 owner report this problem to Olympus. I have. It's not obvious who to contact so I am treating this like a repair problem. From this page, I clicked on "contact us" and under "email us" I clicked on "repair questions". Filled out the form and sent it off.

I asked for 2 things: a) when will there be a fix and b) how can I roll back to FW 4.1. I'm sure the answer to a) will be "we are looking into it" and to b) "you can't". But at least it gets this on their radar screen. Hopefully, they will yank the broken code off the website.

If you have time tomorrow, you could also call their support number 1-888-553-4448 and complain. It can't hurt.

nik9669 New Member • Posts: 23
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I confess I usually wait a few days when they come out, just in case! sorry, and thanks, to early down loaders.

On Olympus' downloads page, there is now no 4.2 firmware download, so it seems they are very aware of the issues.

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Workaround: Set RecView to Auto or 0.5s
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Check your image review settings (Setup menu: RecView) and try 0.5s or Auto.

According to Reinhard Wagner from the German Oly forum, the bugs occur if RecView (display of the image right after the shot) is disabled.

Glad i read about the bug before installing the update. I'll wait for FW4.3 although i'd love to try stacking with the fish.

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Re: BEWARE: BUGS in NEW FIRMWARE 4.2 for E-M1
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greyghost59 wrote:

hmmm this doesnt sound good...have updated mine but havent used camera since.

So what is the procedure when this happens, will olympus be aware of the problem with the update and how will it be fixed?

I am certain Olympus knows exactly who and which camera's has made theire updates .

A few Olympus employe's are going to have a tough time 

They will be hanging over theire computers for the next few nights ........ 

Lets hope they will fix it soon ......its not a Pro Camera for nothing  

Denjw
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nik9669 wrote:

I confess I usually wait a few days when they come out, just in case! sorry, and thanks, to early down loaders.

On Olympus' downloads page, there is now no 4.2 firmware download, so it seems they are very aware of the issues.

Still showing here:

http://cs.olympus-imaging.jp/en/support/imsg/digicamera/download/software/firm/e1/#fzdl

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Ross the Fidller
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I've tried H-H Starlight, Keystone & Focus bracketing with the 40-150 Pro lens without issue (with FW 4.2), but I do have Record Review enabled though, to 0.5 second.

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JimCB Regular Member • Posts: 177
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Ross the Fidller wrote:

I've tried H-H Starlight, Keystone & Focus bracketing with the 40-150 Pro lens without issue (with FW 4.2), but I do have Record Review enabled though, to 0.5 second.

Same here: enabling RecView (2 seconds) apparently fixes the problem: focus stacking and HDR (HDR1 in my case) work properly, and the camera does not lock itself dead. . .

Hopefully, FW 4.3 will be available soon

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Ross the Fidller
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JimCB wrote:

Ross the Fidller wrote:

I've tried H-H Starlight, Keystone & Focus bracketing with the 40-150 Pro lens without issue (with FW 4.2), but I do have Record Review enabled though, to 0.5 second.

Same here: enabling RecView (2 seconds) apparently fixes the problem: focus stacking and HDR (HDR1 in my case) work properly, and the camera does not lock itself dead. . .

Hopefully, FW 4.3 will be available soon

Hopefully they won't need to do a reversing one first with a second step update (like FW 1.2 for the E-M5)

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Bobby J Veteran Member • Posts: 5,135
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Too late!  Darn!

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Paul Graber Contributing Member • Posts: 597
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Anyone know if EM5.2 update similarly afflicted?

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