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Old 04-24-2012   #2081
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you should post more, the work on your site is excellent. that picture is nice too.
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Old 04-25-2012   #2082
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Jared, I have spent quite some time on your site. You have an immensely unique (and sometimes disturbing!) vision, such an eclectic mixture of finely-planned "installations" and what appear to be random snapshots - which obviously still have some thought behind them.

Do you use OMs for most of your work on your site?
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Thanks for the heads-up. Love your work Aljocha!
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Thank you

I use a lot of different cameras
Contax G and Olympus OM for my film needs.
Some Hassy but I do not own one myself.
5DmkII with Leica R and the OM Zuiko's and some m42 takumar (50mm f4 macro and the 50mm 1.4). I used OM lenses on the 5D2 all the time before I got the Leica R.
I love OM lenses but I love the Leica's more. And I really love that Takumar Macro!



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Old 04-27-2012   #2085
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I got my hands on a nice OM-1 that had alkaline battery coversion done and was recently CLA'd. Also included a 50/1.8 and 28/3.5 for a total of $160. I was pretty happy with this kit at that price.

Just ran my first roll through it yesterday and developed it last night. Arista Premium 400/Rodinal 1+100, 60 mins stand.

Loving the results thus far...


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I thought I'd better drop by and mention that I just bought an OM-3.

I wasn't going to get any more OM gear but when I saw that black OM-3 in the classifieds tonight I was a gonner!

Now for the wait!!!!!!
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lots o' nice photographs showing up here, especially that clothesline shot by maxwell. love that zuiko look ...
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You are going to find yourself in the same quandary I often face, Nikon or Olympus, all the worse now that I have a couple of OM4's with updated meters that don't drain batteries.

Enjoy that OM3!!

I bought an OM-4 and have never really bonded with it ... this is like having an OM-1 (THE perfect OM) with an extra stop of shutter speed and a spot meter.

I'll probably sell the OM-4 I got off Frank and one of my OM-2s because this now totals five OM bodies ... curse the classifieds! It's funny because I've had no thoughts of getting an OM-3 but had just got home and checked the classifieds like you do and spotted it and thought ... "oh my god that's nice!"
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I understand the differences between the OM1 and the OM2n, particularly the meter display and self timer.

But it strikes me that functionally when an OM3 has a battery to power its meter it is functionally identical to an OM4, save for the self timer.

As svelt as are the OM2 & OM1, the function of the OM4 wins out for me. The meter is still state of the art, something not available on any DSLR. It is one thing to chimp after the fact, quite another thing to sample with a spot meter a few diifferent zones and have a correct average based on what I desire and not an algorithm set at the factory.

Not so ... the OM-3 like the OM-1 is a completely mechanical camera with no AE. Like the OM-1 it has no battery dependency aside from the meter.
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Of course I would love an OM-3 but for less than $5 I can convert an OM-1 to use a 1.5v battery and that is significantly less than an OM-3!

But most of the OM-3's I have ever seen are in mint condition and just beautiful to look at.
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Alan, I particularly love this one.
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I thought I'd better drop by and mention that I just bought an OM-3.

I wasn't going to get any more OM gear but when I saw that black OM-3 in the classifieds tonight I was a gonner!

Now for the wait!!!!!!
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It's a nice camera the OM3. Glad to see you finally got one. Mine was my first real camera given to me about 15 years ago by my now deceased grandfather. It probably isn't that much better than the OM1 but mine is special because of the memories.
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But most of the OM-3's I have ever seen are in mint condition and just beautiful to look at.
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I bought an OM-4 and have never really bonded with it ... this is like having an OM-1 (THE perfect OM) with an extra stop of shutter speed and a spot meter.

I'll probably sell the OM-4 I got off Frank and one of my OM-2s because this now totals five OM bodies ... curse the classifieds! It's funny because I've had no thoughts of getting an OM-3 but had just got home and checked the classifieds like you do and spotted it and thought ... "oh my god that's nice!"
Conrgrats Keith. I've been resisting a particular OM3 for about 2 months, and thinking what zuiko glass it would mean instead!

Enjoy your new one. Interested to hear your impressions.
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It's funny how this OM thing goes ... you start of with a beater OM-2 because you've read constantly on RFF that these things are god's gift to SLR's and are in fact actually carrying the status of 'honourary rangefinder' at a rangefinder dedicated forum.

Before you know it ... you've got a cupboard full of OM gear and have just bought the one OM body you swore to yourself you'd never own because it's ridiculously over priced!

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It's funny how this OM thing goes ... you start of with a beater OM-2 because you've read constantly on RFF that these things are god's gift to SLR's and are in fact actually carrying the status of 'honourary rangefinder' at a rangefinder dedicated forum.

Before you know it ... you've got a cupboard full of OM gear and have just bought the one OM body you swore to yourself you'd never own because it's ridiculously over priced!

... and to think I sold you a lens when you had just one camera! I can't remember if I warned you!!
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... and to think I sold you a lens when you had just one camera! I can't remember if I warned you!!


LOL ..... yes and I still have that lens. Not so much of a zooooooom user but always handy to have in the armoury IMO!
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I thought I'd better drop by and mention that I just bought an OM-3.

I wasn't going to get any more OM gear but when I saw that black OM-3 in the classifieds tonight I was a gonner!

Now for the wait!!!!!!

Keith, congrats! You'll enjoy this one. Here's a photo of mine but strangely enough I prefer my OM4.
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I'm waiting for an OM2n to arrive in the mail. I tried an EOS5 with my Canon lenses I use for digital, and I just find it too automated and too plastic. However, I did
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I'm waiting for an OM2n to arrive in the mail. I tried an EOS5 with my Canon lenses I use for digital, and I just find it too automated and too plastic. However, I did
...find that there is a place for a film slr in my kit. Time to see why so many here are into the OM's!

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Sometime back I asked pretty-please for no mention or images of OM-3. Sigh.
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It's funny how this OM thing goes ...
Haha, so true. I bought an old OM1n, had it serviced, got a 50/1.4 and 28/3.5 for it, and can't imagine using any other SLR now.

I'd probably sell my M2 before this if I had to -- and I love the M2!
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I have 4 Nikons (F, F2, F3, F100) and about 20 Nikon lenses and wanted to stick to one SLR system (which I like very much)

But then.... Bought an OM-2N, OM-4 .... 6 Zuiko lenses... Few days ago the 35/2 arrived.... Today I ordered the 50/3.5 Macro....

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I understand the differences between the OM1 and the OM2n, particularly the meter display and self timer.

But it strikes me that functionally when an OM3 has a battery to power its meter it is functionally identical to an OM4, save for the self timer.

As svelt as are the OM2 & OM1, the function of the OM4 wins out for me. The meter is still state of the art, something not available on any DSLR. It is one thing to chimp after the fact, quite another thing to sample with a spot meter a few diifferent zones and have a correct average based on what I desire and not an algorithm set at the factory.
yes the om-3 is fully mechanical on all speeds, it lacks the self timer, purist style, it takes the modern batteries, works wonderfully with the series 2- screens, the viefinder although a little smaller than the OM-1/2 is crisper, and with series 2 screens it out of this world. it has the same metering system as the om-4, a pity there were so few made, for me the om-3 (or ti) is the best SRL ever made.

additionally to the om-1 features you get the 1/2000 shutter speed (important in my book, for the great f2 lenses) diopter adjustment is great (miss that sorely on my FM3A) unlike the om-4 it s not an AE body but purely manual but adds exactly the same superb metering system as the OM-4, also the shutteraction is the most pleasent from all OM cameras different than the OM-4, for me the OM3 is what the M6 is to the M system.
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I always used to lust for an OM-3. Now I am again.
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I've said this before but... I'm a confirmed OM fanatic and I really didn't get on with the OM3. Firstly, it shares the battery drain problem with the older OM4; in my OM3, the batteries were pretty much used up if I left it unused for two weeks. Secondly, whilst it also shares the excellent multi-spot metering system with the OM4, it obviously doesn't do the OM4's clever trick of averaging out the multi-spot readings automatically which, in practice, makes it slow and clunky to use. I had mine for around two years before selling it, but it never became a 'go to' camera for me, unlike my OM1s and OM4tis.
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I've said this before but... I'm a confirmed OM fanatic and I really didn't get on with the OM3. Firstly, it shares the battery drain problem with the older OM4; in my OM3, the batteries were pretty much used up if I left it unused for two weeks. Secondly, whilst it also shares the excellent multi-spot metering system with the OM4, it obviously doesn't do the OM4's clever trick of averaging out the multi-spot readings automatically which, in practice, makes it slow and clunky to use. I had mine for around two years before selling it, but it never became a 'go to' camera for me, unlike my OM1s and OM4tis.
I'm sorry, but I disagree on both accounts.

I took the batteries out once I'm done using the OM-3. Problem solved.
Even a scatterbrain like me can do that without a problem.

And the multi-spot metering works perfectly for me. The camera tells me what it thinks is the best settings. I decide if I want to expose more or less than that (and the shutter speed ring around the lens mount works so well for this). To me it's natural and not clunky at all.
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I really shouldn't ask, but how much better is the 21/2 up close compared to the 21/3.5 in your opinion? Does anyone have/had both, willing to comment? I'm thinking of maybe selling a kidney and upgrading to the f2 version
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I don't know about the OM-3, but on an OM-4 you can turn the shutter ring to the mech. 1/60 or B and it disables the electronics, so you don't need to physically take out the batteries when you store it. I do this every time I put away my OM-4Ti, even though it doesn't have battery drain problems, just to be safe. I have had the camera for a few years now, batteries are still good.

As much as I love my mechanical cameras, electronic ones are excellent as well. I really appreciate the auto exposure modes on my electronic cameras, they are mostly infallible and let me concentrate on the shot instead of turning a shutterspeed dial.

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Keith, I may withdraw my offer of buying you beers when you visit.
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Keith, I may withdraw my offer of buying you beers when you visit.

But I'll bring my OM-3 and let you fondle it while we imbibe! Apart from which you are partly responsible for my bourgening OM habit you do realise Earl!

Actually I'm more than happy to get this OM-3 for the $470.00 shipped and paypal'd ... I almost considered paying this much for one I spotted a few months ago and was a definite user!

Nothing will knock my OM-1 off it's perch as my favourite OM though!
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OK, OK. You got me ... I was your original pusher! I'll even bring in some really good stuff.
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As an aside I noticed in another thread that Roger has come up with a clever new name for the SLR forum!

We've had 'Evil' and currently are the 'Un RF' which I quite like actually!

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"huge heavy tub of SLR lard"
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start thinking about that kidney... had both, kept the f2, it's stellar and worth the money imo, i sometimes miss the supercompactness of the 3.5 (although at F3.5 i feel both were equal..), but overall the f2 is much more versatile, it gets 2 stops more light, one of the few lenses i own which is truly sharp from wideopen, so f2 is more than just an emergency setting, also the f2 version gives you great flexibiliy should you want to adapt it to nex, canon FF or whaterver suitable digital platform. for the size though the 3.5 version is unbeatable.
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Nothing will knock my OM-1 off it's perch as my favourite OM though!
Ha! That's what I thought, until I started using my OM-3Ti. I don't touch my OM-1 anymore, it looks pretty in the display case...
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With Adox CHS Art 25 film and the Zuiko Macro lenses, I am producing images that are the equals of my medium- and large-format imagery in every respect (I mean this very literally, I shoot a lot of larger-format film).

Rays and Stamens

(Zuiko 135mm Macro @ f/4.5, Adox CHS Art 25 developed in D-76 1+1, OM-4Ti)

Blobules

(Zuiko 50mm @ f/1.2, very strong crop, Adox CHS Art 25, OM-4Ti)

The second image (above), of course, isn't anywhere near the quality of the first, but it is a very strong (about 15% of frame area) crop of a hand-held, close-focused image with a lens not optimised for this sort of thing. The 50/1.2 does present delicious character with this peerless film, here are another two "snapshots":




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Those images have tones to die for ... I used some Adox CHS 100 art a while ago and loved it. Those are superb ... I may have to get some more!

I think the OM-1 will always be my sentimental favourite though not necesssarily my most used OM. It's the M3 of the Oly world ... pure, simple and beautifully made IMO. I think an OM-4 looks and feels very busy by comparison.

Thanks for posting those images by the way.
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