OK, finally nailed an OM-2

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Well, at least thats a great price. Gotta love the OM viewfinder and the way everything feels. A shame that my OM-1 only took a couple of rolls for it's shutter to die. Since there is no affordable servicing around here I had to let it go. Hope you have better luck with yours!
 
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Wow. Forty five bucks! Good deal.

However, I noticed that the camera had been used professionally, so you will probably want to give it a CLA before long, to keep it in the pink, as it is probably 25 years old or more. When you do, send it to John Hermanson in New York for his service package. He is the guy for OM service.

Anyway, the fun part will be finding the Zuiko lenses for it. They are built to exacting specs, and are second to none - as good as Nikon, Zeiss and Leica, as any zuikoholic can tell you. Have fun!!
 
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Koen and Chris, thanks for your comments!

Chris, thanks for the heads-up about John Hermanson. I will shoot one roll through it and
if it needs service, will be sure to send it to him. I have the Zuiko 3.5/28, 1.8/50, and
somewhere around here I have a Zuiko 135, think it's f2.8 still need to find it, but have
two lenses to try as soon as it arrives.
 
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Ray, I need to read up on the different OM models, is this good because of
the batteries? Thanks for your comments.
Yes, just pop in a couple of silver oxide 357's or equivalents and you're good to go! The batteries last quite a while. The OM2 is great camera, small as a Leica and darn near as well made! In manual mode you have a match needle display and in auto mode you have an LED display - pretty slick, huh? Once you get used to the shutter speeds being on the lens mount, you'll be good to go!
 
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Bill, here is the ultimate website resource for all things OM.

Ray, for an instrument many more times more complex than even the tip-top Leica, I would say an OM2 (reflex viewing, otf metering, familiar back loading, brass body, and more) it is as well, if not better made than an equivalent Leica (which would be the M7 or M6 ttl version, each of which run in the thousands of dollars.)

The OM 1 and 2 are true gems of the camera world (the OM 4 and OM3 are more expensive, but the 1 and 2 are meant to be used, while the 4 and especially 3 are now collectors items.) Be sure and burn some film with your 'new' one Bill.
 
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Bill, here is the ultimate website resource for all things OM.

Ray, for an instrument many more times more complex than even the tip-top Leica, I would say an OM2 (reflex viewing, otf metering, familiar back loading, brass body, and more) it is as well, if not better made than an equivalent Leica (which would be the M7 or M6 ttl version, each of which run in the thousands of dollars.)

The OM 1 and 2 are true gems of the camera world (the OM 4 and OM3 are more expensive, but the 1 and 2 are meant to be used, while the 4 and especially 3 are now collectors items.) Be sure and burn some film with your 'new' one Bill.
So true, so true! I have an opportunity to pick up a couple of mint OM 4s at a good price. If I do decide to buy them it will be to turn them for some profit!
 
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Chris, thanks for the link again and this time I did some reading. Looking for
more glass, is the Zuiko f4 75-150 a good zoom or should I just stick to primes?

@Photojazz, thanks!
 
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I can't say enough good about the Olympus OM cameras. I bought an OM4Ti last month, and I've been carrying it everywhere. It's hard to compare it to the Canon F1 I usually carry, the OM is superior in just about every way. It is lighter, smaller, has a better metering system, and, as Chris said, the lenses are remarkable.

Yes, Chris, the OM4 models are multi-spot, which I am just getting the hang of using now.

The only thing about Zuiko lenses is that the better primes are rather expensive (compared to my Canon FD glass), but they are lighter and more compact. Last week I scored on a 55 1.2, and a 35 2.0. They weren't exactly cheap, but they are wonderful lenses.
 
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Yeah, I've used the Zuikos I have on an Oly e300 so know they are good performers, can't wait to try them with film. The 2/35 is one I'm after and of course the 18mm
(f3.5?) will have to wait, seen some fantastic architectural shots using that lens, but goes for a lot on ebay. Think I will pick up the 75-150 zoom as they seem to be quite cheap.

Sangetsu, post some pics from the 1.2/55 and 2/35 sometime, thanks.

Chris, will post some pics from the zoom when I get one.
 
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The 55mm is a lens that has fascinated me for some time. I have heard that some versions of that lens have a thorium glass element, which means the lens is radioactive. I do not know if this is true or not, but should be easy to tell. I would love to see what it does as well, at both big and small apertures.
 
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I was unaware that Olympus used thorium glass, though I have a couple Canon lenses which have it. Here is a picture of the lens mounted on the OM4, with another 55 1.2 which I have mounted to my F1.

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I'll post some pics as soon as I get some developed. I took a few last weekend, but I haven't developed all of my film yet.

Edit: After a little research I found that this particular 55 1.2 lens does have thorium/fluoride glass. Apparently it was used on the "chrome front" 55mm 1.2 lenses with serial numbers below 136***.
 
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Sangetsu, pretty cams!

Here are some hurried test shots so I could post feedback on the auction using cheap Memories 200 film and the Zuiko 1.8/50 lens:

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Metering seems to be good and no light leaks...
Here's a rather crappy pic of the lil popsicle:
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Wow, great shots... I'm going to have to try some color film and see how it comes out. I was prowling around the used camera shops here in Tokyo again today, lusting after all the good stuff they have. One shop had a 28mm f2 that I'd love to have, as well as a 90mm f2 macro. Another shop had 50mm 1.8 zuikos for only $10 each, and a compact 35-70 for $10... But, I have my eyes on a new lens for my D300, so the OM stuff will have to wait (for a little while).
 
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