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Old 04-05-2012   #2251
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I bought a an OM1n and an OM 2n and some lenses on impulse a few months ago. Rather than take my Leica ski touring in Alaska I took the OM1n. It performed faultlessly and I'm very impressed with the flare resistance. It's got me wondering if I really need so much money tied up in Leica glass/bodies.

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Pete, Those are some lovely samples you posted. I especially like the mailboxes. Which lens and film did you use?

What's your opinion on picture quality between the two systems?

I have never had any Leica gear to make my own comparison.

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Old 04-05-2012   #2252
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Pete, Those are some lovely samples you posted. I especially like the mailboxes. Which lens and film did you use?

What's your opinion on picture quality between the two systems?

I have never had any Leica gear to make my own comparison.

Thanks, Bill
Thanks Bill.
My eye isn't sophisticated enough to tell much difference between the two systems. I suspect that I might see less in the way of chromatic aberration (eg branches against bright sky) with Leica but I couldn't swear to it. If someone were to ask me if it was worth the expense of getting into the Leica M system from OM I'd have to say no. The OM with 35/2.8 feels lighter than my M2 and 35/2 asph. It is also slightly smaller. The lenses are cheap enough to abuse in a back pack and very light and compact. It's a great system. In low light it may be that the Leica's aberrations are better controlled but I have to say that it's the aberrations that, for me, make film look so nice. See the two attached photos. They've a lovely feel to them. (With the 50/1.4). I think the flare on the 2nd shot is due to the lens steaming up on entering the cafe.

The mailboxes were with the much maligned 35mm/2.8. You know, the one that isn't sharp . The film is Portra 400. I used a cheap KOOD 3 stop ND filter to get the aperture wider.

I bought the OM1n and OM2n off the auction site. I put new light seals in both. I'm not sure if I'll be using the OM2n if someone in the UK is interested. I've a couple of lenses (50/1.4, 28/3.5) and a winder2 available.

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Old 04-07-2012   #2253
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Got a question if someone could answer. My Om-1 viewfinder is kinda dusty and it seems like the dust is on the focusing screen. The viewfinder looks clean. So what can i do about that ? Tried to clean it without removing it, but nothing ... seems like the dust is inside.
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Got a question if someone could answer. My Om-1 viewfinder is kinda dusty and it seems like the dust is on the focusing screen. The viewfinder looks clean. So what can i do about that ? Tried to clean it without removing it, but nothing ... seems like the dust is inside.
Has the camera ever been overhauled with new foam? I've heard that deteriorating foam can present like this.
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Has the camera ever been overhauled with new foam? I've heard that deteriorating foam can present like this.
I don't think so. When i got it was dirty, so i cleaned it, put new light seals and a friend of mine cleaned the viewfinder from dust. I looked around it and there's some foam along the screen, but it looks fine
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Could it be behind the VF eyepiece?
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I don't think so. I think i should remove the focusing screen and clean it. Removing it i think it's not so hard, buut ... I'm afraid i could mess up the meter ( is it possible ) Also any tips how to remove it are welcome
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Removing the focusing screen is easy. With a fingernail or non-marking tool, press up on the frame tab and it will unlatch. Remove the screen with the tool included with the screen, or very carefully with tweezers.

Do NOT use any alcohol-based cleaner on the screen. If you cannot brush or blow off all the dust, you can use a bit of distilled water, then blot dry with a lint free cloth such as Kimwipes or similar.
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Those focusing screens are very delicate and easily damaged. Be very careful cleaning them.

I ruined my first one years ago by not knowing better.
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Those focusing screens are very delicate and easily damaged. Be very careful cleaning them.

I ruined my first one years ago by not knowing better.
Me too. It went back in far far worse than it came out . 30 years later, my heart was in my mouth when I bought a new screen for my Hasselblad!
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Take a look at the tool that Olympus provided.

Use similar tweezers ONLY on the little tab that sticks out from the screen.

http://www.star.ucl.ac.uk/~rwesson/esif/om-sif/findergroup/focusingscreens.htm

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The 21/2 has no equal; there is no substitute. 12x16in, 16x20in prints are no problem for this lens, the limiting factor is the film (if shooting something with medium grain like the above, that is). Rangefinder shooters bang on about their superior wide-angle lenses, but truth be told, despite any theoretical advantages, you cannot ask for more in the 35mm format than what the Zuiko gives you, unless you really want to get this same resolution at f/2.8 (which would be odd indeed, since the field would be quite shallow, destroying most of the details in anyway).

I just got myself some Adox CMS20 to properly test the resolution capabilities of the Zuikos, I'll report back once I've shot some.
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Some images from the 50mm f/1.2. I perchance managed to acquire a new one manufactured in 2002 according to its date code - talk about a find! I'm really loving what it can do, especially with Pan F.

What's Keeping Her?

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Skyward Pots


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Receding Tables

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Neighborgoods Market Alley

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Lord of fake mice


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Holy crap! I'm one of the oldest Zuikoholics here, and I never come across finds like that! Congrats, and give me your address so I can steal that lens.
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Holy crap! I'm one of the oldest Zuikoholics here, and I never come across finds like that! Congrats, and give me your address so I can steal that lens.
I live in South Africa, good luck
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Well, that's a start ...
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Well i clean it. It still has some dust on it, but i don't think i'd go with anything with water on it. But it's better now. Oohh, and these guys really thought how to make it easy. Press the frame tab and it comes down. I have small hands so i just took it out
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My nephew playing hide and seek with Oscar. OM2 and 50/1.4. Delta 100







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John, by the irregular frames (if they were not digitally added) I assume these were darkroom prints. If so, they are very aptly done - excellent!
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Some images from the 50mm f/1.2. I perchance managed to acquire a new one manufactured in 2002 according to its date code - talk about a find! I'm really loving what it can do, especially with Pan F.
Lucky find and great work! I managed to get a brand new 50mm f1.4 with the highest serial I have ever seen, well above 1.1m. It is a fantastic lens, I love owning a piece of OM gear that nobody else has ever used.


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John, by the irregular frames (if they were not digitally added) I assume these were darkroom prints. If so, they are very aptly done - excellent!
Hi P,

No that's just scanning outside the image area on my Minolta Multi Scan Pro. I agree though, it gives it a nice 'wet print' look. These were scanned initially at 4800 dpi and resized.

I do hope to have my new darkroom up and running soon after a break of 15 years or so. Just slowly collecting all the paraphernalia on ebay with a 6x9 enlarger coming up soon.

BTW loved the 50/1.2 shots and the street hawker is spot on.

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Insanity has happened on the bay today.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/160778442347
I've got a scratched one of those, and it cost me merely 30 quid...
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Insanity has happened on the bay today.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/160778442347
I've got a scratched one of those, and it cost me merely 30 quid...
I saw that! I have two OM4ti's which both came with the 2-13 screen and both cameras complete cost considerably less than £225 (ie, about $360!). Madness.
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Selling all my Olympus SLR gear! Love it, but I'm too invested in Nikon and I don't need a whole second 35mm SLR system. Check the classifies here.
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