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OM, I've become a Zuikoholic!
Old 10-03-2009   #1
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OM, I've become a Zuikoholic!

I've been reading threads here from all you dedicated OM users, looking at your photos, and a whole bunch on Flickr with the appropriate tags. At first I was interested, then intrigued, and finally obsessed! I knew I couldn't rest until I found an OM1 or OM2.

Today, was the Greensboro Camera Show. There were buyers, sellers and traders there, including KEH. I left there with a black OM1md that looks almost brand new. It had just been CLA'ed which included a battery conversion job. I also picked up a chrome OM2 that's not quite as pretty but it was just CLA'ed too and works great.

The guy's name was Tom Actipes, a nice guy. He's from Illinois I think. He and his wife have a business called TAANA Photography. He also had a bunch of Pentax stuff, K1000's and LX's, ME's, MX's - but I had to have the OM's!

Unfortunately, there were no Zuiko lenses except for a few 50/1.8's. The OM2 I bought came with a 50/1.8 so I did get to shoot some this afternoon. Even though I was the third customer in the door, the dealers were there an hour before they let us in, and a buyer from Brooklyn Camera beat me to the other Olympus stuff. He walked out of there with a ton of Olympus bodies and lenses, including some 50/1.2's and 1.4's, 28's, 35's and 85's. D'oh!

But I do have a 50/1.4 (LN, in box) with a serial number well over 1,100,000 on the way from KEH. I'm also looking for a 28/2 and thinking about going with a two bodies, two lenses system. Of course I may need an 85 for a portrait lens, so maybe I'll have to get another OM!

I'll post some photos once I've shot a few rolls. My thanks to all you OM enthusiasts here! I've learned a lot from reading your posts. You've really inspired me, and after spending an afternoon with the OM2 I couldn't be happier. It feels so much better than the huge freaking DSLR and zooms I was using, but guess what - I also got a great deal on an E-520 with kit lens, and still had enough left over to make a car payment after selling my K20D and lenses! Maybe I don't deserve it, but I'll take it! What a weekend!
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We (the Church of Maitani) are here to convert ... er, serve. Want a 24/2.8?
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I and a lot of others can't say enough nice things about the OM series ... so congrats on joining the throng!

We are also very lucky in having John from Camtech on board who often chips in with advice in OM threads. He recently gave my OM-1 the once over and it's now as smooth as silk with a dead accurate meter and perfect frame spacing ... it truly is a pleasure to use!

'The Church of Maitani' ... I like that.
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Keith: It's actually more of a zendo, but I wasn't sure how many would understand. There's always Wikipedia, I suppose ...
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Thanks Keith and Trius. Yes, I like that too - the Church of Maitani! Resistance is futile, I've been assimilated.

Trius, I would be interested in a 28/2.8, but may have a 28/2 coming from a contact at the camera show. I won't know whether it came through until Monday. Should I let you know?

Keith, yes we are fortunate to have John on this forum. I've noticed how knowledgeable he is and how helpful he's been with members who've had problems with OM gear. Whenever I need any repairs or a CLA, he will definitely be the man.

And I must say that in general everyone here has been helpful and friendly. This is a great forum. I'm very grateful.

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Thanks Keith and Trius. Yes, I like that too - the Church of Maitani! Resistance is futile, I've been assimilated.

Trius, I would be interested in a 28/2.8, but may have a 28/2 coming from a contact at the camera show. I won't know whether it came through until Monday. Should I let you know?

Keith, yes we are fortunate to have John on this forum. I've noticed how knowledgeable he is and how helpful he's been with members who've had problems with OM gear. Whenever I need any repairs or a CLA, he will definitely be the man.

And I must say that in general everyone here has been helpful and friendly. This is a great forum. I'm very grateful.

Take care all.


We are very civilised in the 'Evil SLR' forum ... nothing to argue about really because it's common knowledge that the OM system is the best!

Can get a bit rough in the 'M' forums at times though! :

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Cooool...& Congrats
there is Something very ADDICTIVE to the OM 'Experience'


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When I did camera shows, I always bought a table and sold some stuff. The "before the show" buying and selling among the sellers skimmed the best stuff off the top before the public got to see any of it.
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Welcome to the club! I got started in photography as a little kid using my dad's olympus SLR. The 50/1.4 with the high serial is an incredible lens, you'll love it. You might look at the 100mm f2.8 as an inexpensive alternative to the high priced 85. The 100/2.8 typically goes for under $100 in nice condition, while the 85 typically goes for $300+. The 100 is sharper and has nicer rendering of out of focus areas, with the slight disadvantage of one stop less speed and a little longer focal length.
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Hi Helen. I think you're right. The OM experience is very seductive.

Pickett, I'm sure. That buyer from Brooklyn had half a table covered with Olympus gear he bought before the show opened. Must have been a dozen bodies and three times as many lenses, many in original boxes. I found it interesting that he only bought OM. He was not interested in selling to me either. Maybe he already has buyers lined up?

Hello Chris. Thanks for the advice. The 100 sounds good and at one third the price even better. I remebered that you had said something along those lines in a previous post, but I got it backwards. And great portraits you have there. I've admired your work here. I understand you and Olympus go way back. I appreciate your advice. It was also a post of yours that clued me in to the superiority of the 50/1.4 with serial numbers > 1,100,000. Later I found this site's OM lens tests:

http://web.archive.org/web/200712050...ts/default.htm


Thanks again. It's nice getting to know you all.
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Welcome to the party.

My OM journey started shortly after I got my Leica. I brought my M6 on a trip. My girlfriend brought her dad's OM4ti. When I processed the negs and saw how well the Zuiko 50 1.8 had held up to a Summilux I was both impressed and mortified (what'd I spend that 2k for again?). So I built the two systems side by side and with some masterful guidance from Chris Crawford am now extremely happy with the M & OM marriage.


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Olympus have an impeccable history in optics, and the OM1 was something of a revolution when it came out in the early 1970s.
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Another OM fan here. I used them for a short while back before I went Leica in the early 80s; I'm having a blast with them now!

I'm a fan of a two body / two lens kit concept, too.
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Another one here. I've got two OM-1n bodies, one black, one chrome. I just picked a 35mm/2.8 at a camera swap that's joining other 4 lenses.

Now I'm looking for a 2nd black OM-1 or OM-1n body...
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I think last count I was up to three OM bodies and eleven lenses:

A silver OM-1, a black OM-1 and a silver OM-2 ... still room for a black OM-2 though yet in my opinion!
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Ditto... I've recently been converted by my OM-2n. And that 100 2.8 indeed is a gem!
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Does anyone see a pattern emerging here?
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Does anyone see a pattern emerging here?

I'm yet another huge fan of the OM's. First it was an OM 1, then another, and then a body that I bought for parts was able to be brought back to life. The last two are currently getting overhauled by John, so once they arrive back I'll have 3 serviceable bodies that should hopefully outlast me.

Oh, and there's the OM 2n that was too good a deal to pass up . While the ergonomics are different to the standard set-up from other makers, they actually work very well in practice. And the viewfinders are just amazing.

I'm seriously tempted by a 3 and a 4, even though I don't need any more bodies
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And then, just for the record, there is the digital planet for OM Zuikos. There widest aperture lenses are the most practical.

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Welcome.

The good/bad news is this is just the start. GAS is bad but OM GAS is frightening. I started many years ago with an OM10, progressed to an OM20... then another, got an OM40 (which I have strange fascination for! )... then another, then a OM2SP (currently critical ) and my main man is now my OM4. And I still have them all!

When folks say 'You have 7?!!', I usually reply 'Yeah, and counting...'. But if you think that's a lot, it's NOTHING compared to some on here, and it probably won't be long until you overtake it yourself.

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Anyone looking for OM cameras and lenses, check the RFF classifieds.

(connection to seller )

For myself, I'm keeping a black OM1, a chrome OM1, a chrome OM2, 28mm (both 2.8 and 3.5) a 50f1.8 MIJ, 100 f2.8, and 135 f3.5. I'm hoping the 50f1.4 doesn't sell, 'cus I'd like to keep it too.
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Took my OM-2N (black, Keith) out for a walk yesterday, accompanied by a Zuiko 35/2. As always, a pleasant time. Welcome to the collective, Gregor. See you in the regeneration chambers.
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Wow! It's great to hear from so many OMbudsmen!

snausages2000, I love that photo. Wonderful color combination and composition. Impressionistic. Beautiful.

Payasam, I've really enjoyed reading up on the history of Om and Maitani. Truly revolutionary!

Venchka, I haven't been in a darkroom in over twenty years, and don't have the facilities or room now, but thinking about a changing bag, reels, etc. I think it's in my near future.

Ken, Coelacanth: Yeah, I think the two lens, two body concept is the way to go for street and event photograpy, journalism, etc., but with OM GAS, I may need to hire a porter in the future! I'm wondering if Keith keeps an extra body and lens under his hat! Maybe I should start wearing one anyway since it looks like I'm going to lose all my hair before it has a chance to turn grey! The money I'll save on haircuts will go towards more film.

Hi Ruben. I've thought about that. When I get a 24 I may also get an adapter so I can use it on the E-520 now and then. I'm impressed with the image quality it delivers in such a small package. The metering system is great and the kit lens is pretty sharp.

Take care all. I'm going out this afternoon and burn a few rolls of film.
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A Harrison tent, a Jobo 2551/2553 tank and reels, a Uniroller or Beseler motor base, a wine box full of Xtol and two bottles of Rodinal. That's all you need. OK, fix & Photo-Flo.

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(Camtech doesn't do just a CLA.)

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PS - I'm a big fan of the 100/2.8, too.
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OM Zuiko lenses are really great!

My favs are the 3.5/28 and the 1.4/50, excellent price/performance value.
The 3.5/135 is also very good.
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I just bought an OM collection, mostly lenses, some new, some very lightly used. Some of these were used in Olympus VIP loaner program, some have small ID numbers etched into lens hood or filter ring. 350 2.8, 180 f2, 180 2.8, 24mm shift, 35-80 f2.8, 35-70 (om-2000 version), 70-210mm (cosina), 24 f2, 28 f2, 80mm f4 auto macro etc. Write me directly with wants if any. Some items have pre-sold, I'll put a complete list on my site. Thanks, John, [email protected]
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Ahhh, a family gathering!

How can I not join in ...

OM3 + Zuiko 35/2 + FP4 + Rodinal = Bliss...



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Hello Zuikoholics,

I've got 24/2.8, 35/2.8, 50mm/1.4, 50/1.8, 85/2.0. What would be your next Zuiko? I'm thinking of 100mm or 135mm, but I like surprises, too.
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I've got 24/2.8, 35/2.8, 50mm/1.4, 50/1.8, 85/2.0. What would be your next Zuiko? I'm thinking of 100mm or 135mm, but I like surprises, too.
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I'm probably going for the 100/2.8 next. Would rather have the 85/2 but have to watch my budget before I run out of GAS, or more likely money. The 50/1.4 should be here tomorrow and a 28/2.8 on Friday, but still hope to get a 28/2 if the opportunity presents itself. Will probably keep the 50 on the OM2 and the 28 on the OM1. So maybe I should just go ahead and get an OM3 or 4 for the 100! I should be able to swing it if I just eat every other day.
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I'm probably going for the 100/2.8 next. Would rather have the 85/2 but have to watch my budget before I run out of GAS, or more likely money. The 50/1.4 should be here tomorrow and a 28/2.8 on Friday, but still hope to get a 28/2 if the opportunity presents itself. Will probably keep the 50 on the OM2 and the 28 on the OM1. So maybe I should just go ahead and get an OM3 or 4 for the 100! I should be able to swing it if I just eat every other day.
Skip the OM-3 and get an OM-4 or 4Ti. The OM-3 is disgustingly overpriced due to collectors hording them. The OM-4 and 4Ti do everything the 3 does, plus autoexposure if you want it. Even if you never use auto, you can leave the 4 in manual mode and it is a far less costly camera than an OM-3.
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What Chris said. I would love to have an OM-3, but being the idiot I am, I didn't buy it when it was released and reasonably priced. FWIW, my opinion is that a late OM4 or OM4 with updated circuit is prefereable to the OM-4T/i. Same performance, lower price, the titanium top and bottom plates don't buy you much.
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Thanks Chris. I haven't looked at prices on the OM3 or 4 and I've still got a lot to learn. I'm not likely to get another one real soon, but I'm pretty sure I will in the future. I would like to have an OM4T. So far I'm loving the OM2 and looking forward to putting a 28 on the OM1.

I've only shot two rolls so far with the OM2 and the local Walgreen's ruined the first one - 36 exposures, XP2. D'oh! They claimed they had problems getting the film out of the cassette. I was disappointed because, of course, that was the one where I was really in the zone and the light was good. I guess that's the photographer's equivalent of the one that got away.

The Kodak Portra 160 VC came out okay, but contrary to the forecast that evening the sky clouded up and I really needed 400 speed in the shady arboretum I found myself in. I got a few okay shots at f/1.8, but to be honest, it's more likely that most of the problem was behind the camera - me! Will post a few this weekend. I've got in-laws here this week and won't have much free time until the weekend.

Take care.

Greg
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Old 10-06-2009   #40
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Wow. 200mm lens with 49mm filter. I love OM system so much.

Since I'm quite happy with my 85mm, probably I should try 135mm before 100mm. And maybe that 200mm/5.

And I'll still look for another black OM-1n...

Ahh, long journey ahead.
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