Olympus OM series Cameras

1974 to 1994

OM1n MD

Purchased this body in 1974. It was my first new camera since high school

Light years ahead of my old Miranda system. Got it with the 50mm f1.8 lens. The N was slightly later version that had an attached hot shoe. The MD indicated that it has removable cover on base plate that allowed a motor or auto winder to be attached.

Exposure is through the lens, manual match the needle type. With shutter and aperture controls at the base of the lens, you could quickly adjust both as needed.

STATUS: retired to display case

Auto Winder

OK, the body was intended to accept a motor drive, but that was too much money. Then they release a simple auto winder. Push the button, takes a photo, film moves on to next frame. WOW Just no automatic firing.

STATUS: retired to display case

OM2n MD

This was the next body. The big thing here was automatic exposure system. The camera read the light coming through the lens onto the film, using the light reflected from the film and/or silver dots pattern on shutter curtain. When enough light got there, the meter decides when to shut the shutter. It did give an estimate of the required shutter speed before pressing the shutter button. However as Olympus pointed out, if the light changed during exposure, say someone fired a flash, it took that into consideration. It uses the same system for the flash system when using the correct flash gun.

STATUS: sold

Olympus G. Zuiko 55mm F1.2 lens

When I got the OM-2n body, I got a new lens, the very fast f1.2 lens. Remember the days of slow film. This made the nature light exposures much easier. Big front element.

STATUS: sold

Olympus G. Zuiko 35mm F2 lens

Then I needed a wider angle lens. And it should be fast so I got this one. Little else to say. It worked as moderate wide angle

STATUS: sold

Vivitar series 1 35-85 f2.8

Now this was an interesting lens. Moderate wide angle to semi telephoto. Mid to later 1970s. This lens was sort of the one lens solution. Now the range of latter 28-200, but still not a bad travel and single lens to leave on the camera. Their big idea here was instead of trying to keep focus and zoom the lens. You zoomed to desired and then focused. By doing so they could concentrate on sharpness and not overly complicating the design. It worked. If you look at the photo you see the curved focus lines, as you moved forward with the control ring, you had to turn focus (same ring) to the left.

STATUS: sold

Tamron 80-210 f3.8-4 adapt all lens

A more powerful telephoto that what I had with earlier systems. This lens worked well at car races, and other sporting events.

Push forwards backwards to zoom, rotate to focus. The adapt all system uses a T mount like adapter but connect aperture information to the bodys light meter

STATUS: sold

Spiratone 18mm f3.5 lens

This was at the time a serious wide angle lens. Ordered by mail from a New York city store. It worked. What else can I say.

STATUS: sold

 

Olympus right angle variable magnification finder

This finder allows one to view the image while camera is on a copy stand, or where you are shooting at very low angles. It also as either full screen view, or magnify the centre part of the screen for find focus adjustment.

This finder also fits some of the older Canon 1D series bodies, and this was kept when I sold the OM gear

STATUS: Active

Olympus T32 Flash unit with Bounce Grip

Having got the OM-2 which supported through the lens flash control, one needed to get a suitable flash. The T32 was my choice. It could operate either as TTL auto on the OM2, or by flipping the rear cover slide around to show the numbers, it could be used with the OM1 or other bodies

With the big grip it used 4 type C batteries. The cables provided the TTL light metering control (bottom cable), and the upper cable remoted the shutter release to the flash grip. The flash could also be mounted on the flash shoe of the body, running on smaller AA batteries.

The front lens could tilt up or down as needed for bounce and close up photos.

Guide number 32 in metres, 104 in feet for ISO 100.

STATUS: sold

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