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    Question E-500 Multi-Connector Pin Connections

    To anyone,

    On the side of the E-500 is a 12 pin connector, currently used by Olympus for the USB cable, and for the Video Out cable.
    Allowing 3 pins for USB and another 2 pins for Video Out, that leaves 7 pins unaccounted for.
    Does anyone know if these "spare" 7 pins are internally wired to anywhere, and if so for what function ?

    If there are 3 pins not being used I have in mind to get into the camera and wire them up in parallel with the shutter release button, and thus have a remote cable release function.

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: E-500 Multi-Connector Pin Connections

    Sorry can't be of help here, this is WAY out of my League!
    But if you do this, I expect to see pictures, and instructions

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    Default Re: E-500 Multi-Connector Pin Connections

    Quote Originally Posted by pan3dpan
    To anyone,

    If there are 3 pins not being used I have in mind to get into the camera and wire them up in parallel with the shutter release button, and thus have a remote cable release function.

    Cheers,
    Alec

    Why on earth don't manufacturers include a wired (or, better still, mechanical) cable release attachement on most cameras anymore? Surely they can google too, and see the huge variety of hacks people come up with to add this capability to bodies that lack it!

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    Default Re: E-500 Multi-Connector Pin Connections

    Hi Alec,

    I agree with you about the missing cable remote connector but I think there's an even bigger omission. If I remember correctly, the E-500 also lacks a power connector so you can't use an external AC power adapter. I don't understand why it was omitted.
    Best regards, FL

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    Default Re: E-500 Multi-Connector Pin Connections

    Now I wonder. Isn't it already possible to control an E-500 or other E-series SLR when hooked up to a PC running proper Olympus (paid) control software, like Studio? If a PC can trip the shutter using the USB cable, it should be possible to produce a dedicated electronic cable release to do the same thing when plugged into that multi-connector and without internally rewiring the camera, no?

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    Default Re: E-500 Multi-Connector Pin Connections

    Maybe this guy can help (E500 disassembled).

    http://forum.xitek.com/showthread.ph...8&pagenumber=1

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    Default Re: E-500 Multi-Connector Pin Connections

    Quote Originally Posted by OMSchwep
    If a PC can trip the shutter using the USB cable, it should be possible to produce a dedicated electronic cable release to do the same thing when plugged into that multi-connector and without internally rewiring the camera, no?
    The camera must be set in PC mode: "CONTROL" mode for the tethered operation while it is set in "STORAGE" mode for ordinary shooting. So, I think it can't be done with the current cameras as they are set up.

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    Default Re: E-500 Multi-Connector Pin Connections

    Thanks but my computer seems to be missing the character recognition set necessary to read the text.

    Alec

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