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Useful but worrying errors
on 10 July 2014
When you read in the second paragraph of the Introduction that "Olympus now offers a new HLD-6 two-part battery grip" (that's for the OM-D E-M5 - the E-M1 uses a one-part accessory designated HLD-7) you realize this is a cut-and-paste of his E-M5 book, and given he now has a co-author (Dan Simon) it appears that some things disappeared down the cracks. Incidentally there is a three-line mention of the HLD-7 in the text (but not in the index), but no recommendation for its use - cameras with EVF are power-hungry, so a extra batteryreadily-available on a day's shoot is useful.
At 430 pages on coated paper this is a weighty tome - at a guess, heavier than an OM-D E-M1 plus a typical lens - more coffee table than for carrying in your camera bag as a handy reference. This is the first hard copy book I've bought in ages (I'm a fan of the Kindle) because the Olympus manual is in pdf format and I thought a printed text would be useful; therefore, size is a deterrent. Pity the original Amazon description as "looseleaf" wasn't followed - then it would have been possible to extract some of the more useful content for field reference and leave some of the "padding" behind. Also would have been useful distributing updates given the E-M1 is now on version 4 of the firmware.
That said, for new Olympus owners this is probably worth 4 stars - it's an improvement on the Olympus documentation; whilst for older hands probably not more than 2 stars. The price is reasonable