why i bought am olympus om10

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by andrew_spence|1, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. I fixed an om 2 for a friend and thought why don't I get an om camera for my self
    back in the day my first camera was a canon ae1 program a few of my friends had Nikons and some om 10 cameras which I always liked the look of for some reason
    so I got one for £19 ON E BAY
    I already have an olumpus 28 a 50 and an om tokina 28 - 70 and 70 - 210 which I have om to eos adapters fitted on that I use ocasionaly on my eos so I already had the lenses so I thought what the heck just get one
    I already have canon ae1 ae1 program and an a1 and fd lenses that I was going to get round to using and 4 eos film cameras but I just havnt got round too
    now the om 10 is on the way my friend and i are going to use our om together
    and im looking forward to shooting some 35mm again
    funny how these things happen 35mm here I come
    and full frame too
    regards Andrew
  2. SCL


    I sense a GAS attack coming on :) I fell for an OM2N the same way.
  3. Yes, the danger signs are there... I had an OM-10 of the deceased variety arrive with some other stuff, but the lovely 50/1.8 Zuiko was in good shape so I bought a tidy OM-10 body, and then a manual adapter, and now I'd rather like an OM1/OM2... Enjoy the Olympus, Andrew, and please post some results.
  4. Yes, please post results. I picked up an OM-G (like an OM10 but with manual shutter speeds available without optional adapter). My dad had given me two NOS Zuiko lenes: a 28mm f2.8 and a 50mm f3.5 macro. I picked up a BGN condition OM-G from KEH. Once I used that a while I added on OM-1. Focusing is a delight with these cameras. Our family camera shop stocked the OM-10, OM-1, and OM-2 (but had quit carrying the brand before the OM-G hit the market). I later got a used Zuiko 75-150 f3.5 and a 50mm f1.8.
  5. You should consider a OM-1n also. A true classic and not expensive, at least here in the US. KEH has bargain grade bodies for well under $100
    The OM-1 is all mechanical and does not need the rather scarce manual adapter for manual operation. It's battery only operates the meter and I've used the #675 zinc air batteries very successfully as a substitute for the now unobtainable mercury PX13 meter battery. I buy them in cheap in 12 packs from Walgreens.
  6. Friend of mine stumbled across an early OM1 at a garage sale - I know the 10 is not the same breed of beast exactly - but being accustomed to the array of Canikons, pentaxes, prakticas, zeniths, etc., I was INCREDIBLY impressed with the Olympus pretty much from the first time I raised it to my eye (even before tings like glass quality could be considered). The viewfinder just looked right to me - huge and bright - and everything fell to hand. Surprising, this, as the shutter speed ring seemed like something I would need Clockwork Orange grade programming to get used to and accept. But no. And it was just... a jewel - felt like the product of a fine watch maker. And it had character - lets face it, you see/hold one SLR... its rare that something really FEELS different.
    Anyhow - some of those by they way why the hell not purchases unearth some lasting favourites. Enjoy!
  7. How did I end up with an OM-1? A while back ago, I bought a cheap lot of camera gear on eBay that included a Mamiya MSX 1000, an SRT101 with a couple of lenses, and some other miscellaneous filters and things. Amongst the Miscellaneous bric-a-brac was this:
    I didn't own any OM gear at the time. I told myself that I wasn't going to buy any. I was going to give this stuff away. Yeah right.
    A couple of months later this arrived at my door:
    It was a mint condition OM-1 with a 50/1.8 and 28/2.8. Luckily, I was able to score the whole kit for about what the body alone goes for.
  8. What a timely thread as I've been eying an OM-2n for a few days and trying to resist, but I'm afraid it's a losing battle...
  9. Sometimes, especially at used dealers, you may find an OM-1 that has been converted to run on a 1.5 volt battery. I've seen them at KEH.
  10. Congrats! They are marvellous little cameras. Served me well for many years.<br>For me the OM-2(n) is the quintessential OM camera. But i can't think of anything that would not be good about the other cameras. I have used the OM-4 a lot as well. And the OM-2sp. But the fully mechanical OM-1 (and OM-3) will probably outlive the electronics-dependent other OM cameras. Lenses are generally great too. Most excellent, comprehensive system of accessories, with a superb macro and micro system.<br>Maybe the Manual Adapter of the OM-10 is a weak point. It works quite well when it works. But i have come across a few that have seized up, impossible to turn to set another speed.
  11. Eventually Olympus revised the model and sold it with adapter. At the family camera shop it was our best-selling Olympus.
  12. it arrives in a few days cant wait.......................................
  13. I'm pretty much a Canikon user, but I've owned Olympi on and off over the years, even owned a couple of OM-10s, fortunately both had the manual adapter, which I consider to be a requirement with that camera. With the adapter, it's not a bad little tool at all. Just make sure to have spare batteries handy, cuz when the battery quits, the mirror freezes in the halfway up position and the camera's dead until you get a new one. Unlike the OM-1s, which have always been appreciated for their robustness and accuracy as compact mechanical marvels.
    Olympus has made a few jewels over the years. The plain old OM-2 is rather remarkable, in fact. When you finagle the ISO you can get incredibly long exposures with it. Can't with the OM-2n -- they changed the chip. And the OM-2s is a great little camera because of its spot metering capability. And the OM-3, a high-tech return to basics -- pretty rare and expensive when you find it. And of course, the flagship, the OM-4, does most anything you could ask a photographic tool to do. I especially like the way there is a very wide interchangeability across the various models. This is a feature rather unique to Olympus, and can end up being a real cost savings.
    I've never owned a wide variety of Zuiko lenses, but hardcore Oly users will expound at length as to their quality. The Zuiko line has quite a few exotic lenses that you just don't see from other makers. Like the 21mm f/2, 24mm f/2, 100mm f/2, even a 180mm f/2 and a 250mm f/2! Super expensive, and quite rare, but top notch stuff.
  14. it arrived and its brilliant such a neat camer and it came with batteries too its in mint condition I hope to use it soon
  15. Interesting to read the posts here about using the various OM SLRs. My story is that I started out with an OM20 (which I believe is the same as the US-market OM G), acquired at a local Perth pawnbroker's store in the late 90s complete with a standard F1.8 50mm Zuiko. My only previous SLR experience had been with an unmetered KMZ Zenit B with preset Helios F2 way back in the 70s, so to have now an SLR with inbuilt TTL metering and a full range of shutter speeds was quite a quantum leap.
    Unfortunately, I found the OM 20's electronic shutter not only ate batteries at an amazing rate, but its battery check warning gizmo lied prodigiously. So several times after I'd checked battery status and been told via its 'beep' that everything was OK before heading out into the great unknown for some wildlife shots, I found that the shutter seemed to be 'hanging' with settings at 1/125 sec sounding more like one full sec.
    A visit to our local camera repair guru put me wise that Olympus OM 20 battery check signals are like Politicians' Promises - ie, not to be believed. He recommended I get myself an OM1 camera body, because its mechanical shutter was far more reliable and didn't even need any battery other than for metering. I took his advice onboard. Luckily within a matter of weeks there was a nice-looking OM1n body for sale at another Perth pawnshop, for about $100. I bought it, transferring the F1.8 Zuiko from the OM20, and never looked back. What a great camera! I later not only acquired a second OM1 but also a pair of OM-mount Vivitar Series One zoom lenses, which were big and heavyweight but gave great results. Better still, not a single problem ever with dubious battery level warnings! PETER IN PERTH

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