OLYMPUS E500 DON'T SEE ANYTHING THRU THE VIEWFINDER
CHARGED THE BATTERY, SET THE CAMERA TO 'AUTO' CHANGED THE LENSES OUT A COUPLE TIMES, BUT DO NOT SEE ANYTHING THRU THE VIEWFINDER. THE LCD SHOWS MENU OPTIONS, BUT THAT'S IT. AM I MISING SOMETHING? I GOT THIS FOR CHRISTMAS AND AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH IT.
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The OM-30 has focusing system limitations. Most of the time, you can use the LED in the viewfinder to help you focus an image. If the lens you attach has a maximum aperture of F4 or smaller, (F5.6, etc) you set this switch to F4, then focus the lens manually using the prism gridlines visible in the viewfinder.
In short, just set the F4/F2 switch to whichever is the closest to the maximum aperture of the lens you are using. With an F1.8 lens, for example, you would use the F2 setting. For a lens with a maximum aperture of F3.5, you would use the F4 switch setting.
There seems to be two separate issues here. I'm going to assume you have a charged battery pack in the camera.
First, the screen. Turn the camera on. Do you see the menu when you press the MENU button? Does the shooting info show when you press the Info button? Can you see previously taken photos when you press the Playback button? If none of those show up then something is wrong with the screen (or the battery is dead).
Second, the viewfinder. First, make sure the viewfinder in the back is clean. Now turn the camera on and look through the viewfinder. Do you see the eleven focus marks? Do you see the info at the bottom? Now turn the camera off and remove the lens. Don't touch anything inside the camera! Do you see a mirror at a 45-degree angle? Is it clean? Look at the focusing screen above the mirror. Is it clean? Now look through the viewfinder and point the camera out a window. Do you see a more-or-less white blob, or the same grainy dark film?
Unfortunately with the EVOLT E-500 it does not have the capability for a live view LCD screen. You must shoot images using the viewfinder only. The newer Olympus SLR cameras now have both viewfinder and live view LCD.
Check Menu second one down, Press the up button once to get you to the Anti Shock setting and change it to off. Also Check Menu second one down, Click right once then down twice, Right once. Make sure it is set for the top setting.