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

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