I'm having problems with corrupted RAW .orf files taken on my Olympus E1. The photos were taken several years ago. Because I was not working with RAW formats then, I hadn't noticed the horizontal and vertical black lines that run through many of the photos. I was using FastStone Image viewer which does not show the lines in .orf RAW formats as I believe it is extracting the jpeg from the RAW and displaying the JPEG image.

This year, when I opened the .orf RAW files in Lightroom and PhotoNinja, I noticed there is a line through them just like the examples above. I opened the files in Lightroom, CorelPaintshop Pro x6 and in Photoninja. ALl of them show the black lines.

Is there any way to recover these damaged areas by using a type of .orf repair tool? Because I have JPEGS of all of these photos, is there any way to use the jpeg to layer-over-top the .orf (or perhaps a TIFF created from the ORF) and paste in the pixels that are missing?

I really hope to recover these photos... important for my research project. If there is no way to repair the .orf RAW files, then I'm going to try to work out a way to use the intact JPEG to copy pixels over to the damaged ORF (converted to TIFF). Any advice on how to do this?

In my case, I think this damage occured when the motherboard in my Olympus E-1 was slowly frying. Many of the photos taken during that time suffered the same type of corruption that was caused, I guess, by the camera's motherboard which fried completely shortly afterwards.

  • Is it possible to covert some examples to jpeg and display them? Or even link to the original .orf file? – BBking Nov 11 '13 at 6:11
  • Have you tried viewing them in OLYMPUS' software (viewer/studio)?? I went to edit the first comment but it was too late... – BBking Nov 11 '13 at 6:22
  • possible duplicate of How can I repair a corrupt .nef file? It's a different raw file format, but the answer is basically going to be the same. There is no data to replace the missing data with, so it is simply gone. – AJ Henderson Nov 11 '13 at 14:47
  • How many lines are in each image, and how many images do you really care about? I'm wondering about the possibility of fixing a handful of shots manually. – JenSCDC Jul 14 '14 at 0:20
  • Are the lines really black? If there is something failing you could be missing a row/column of pixels of a given color channel, but not all three together, in which case the problem could be mitigated by guessing the actual channel value from its value in the neighboring pixels – xenoid Dec 11 '18 at 9:31

It is generally not possible to edit raw files directly, including ORF files. (Technically, it is possible, but no one has yet written and distributed a tool to do so.)

If the processed raw files are aligned with your JPEG files, you may be able to layer and mask out the damaged areas, as you describe. If they are not aligned, try using a tool such as align_image_stack.

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