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Andrew McPhee
01-27-2007, 23:49
A couple of weeks ago I found the Confessions of a Gearhead (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33906) thread and drooled over Keith Novak's Leica collection.

I also really liked his display cabinet so I did a quick trip to Melbourne last weekend and raided the Ikea store to get one for myself.

And it fits my Olympus collection just nicely... :rolleyes:

http://dev-stop-fix.com/collection/full.jpg


Top row L to R:
OM-1 (bought new in '78) w/1.4, OM-2 w/1.8, 100/2.8, 24/2.8, 135/2.8, 35/2.8, 180/2.8, 50/3.5 Macro, 300/4.5

2nd row L to R:
35 Model 4 1/200 shutter, 35 Model 5 1/300 shutter, Chrome Six III 3.5, Chrome Six III 2.8

3rd row L to R:
Pen single lug, Pen double lug, Pen S 2.8, Pen EE (stippled cover), Pen EE (basketweave cover), Pen EE (basketweave cover w/full nameplate)

4th row L to R:
Pen EE S (Olympus nameplate), Pen EE S (Olympus-Pen nameplate), Pen EE2, Pen EE3, Pen EF

5th row L to R:
Trip 35 (black button), Trip 35 (silver button), Trip 35 (black finish), 35EC (black finish), 35EC, 35ECR, 35ED

6th row L to R:
XA3, XA2 (blue), XA2 at rear, XA, 2x XA1 at rear, 35SP

7th row L to R:
35-S 2.8, Electro Set (Cds), Auto Eye II, Quickmatic EEM (126 film), Quickmatic EES (126 film)

back alley
01-28-2007, 00:05
gotta love ikea!

great looking collection andrew!

joe (who still owns an oly 35rc, the first good camera he ever bought)

wintoid
01-28-2007, 00:16
So THAT'S where they're all going!

Archie
01-28-2007, 01:25
exactly my thoughts wintoid :)

robin a
01-28-2007, 02:32
WOW !!!...........................Robin

clintock
01-28-2007, 06:10
No EC-2 ?
Blastphemy.


I wish I still had my OM1 with 1.4 that I got new in 1978.. I wish I was eleven years old again too!

back alley
01-28-2007, 06:35
No EC-2 ?
Blastphemy.


I wish I still had my OM1 with 1.4 that I got new in 1978.. I wish I was eleven years old again too!

i'll trade you an om1 with a 35-70/4 zoom for a cl...

joe

flashover
01-28-2007, 06:39
Very nice collection

pbjbike
01-28-2007, 07:12
Where's the Ace? ;)
That's one sweet collection of gear the likes of which will never be built again.

ferider
01-28-2007, 08:48
Nice collection, Andrew.

You will need a second shelf though, for upcoming ACE, PEN F, OM[34] cameras :)

Cheers,

Roland.

Andrew McPhee
01-29-2007, 03:46
No EC-2 ? Blastphemy.

I wish I still had my OM1 with 1.4 that I got new in 1978.. I wish I was eleven years old again too!

I bought her when I was 18 working at my first job (in a camera store). I traded a Nikon F in on her and have never regretted it for a minute. That OM-1 is my baby and I'll never part with her. Matter of fact I'm seriously thinking of writing in my will that I want to be buried with her. And I'm not kidding.

She's never missed a beat in almost 30 years. Last year she had her first CLA and now she feels like the first time...

And the missing EC-2 and the Ace..? They're in my future somewhere. Part of the fun is the thrill of the chase! I looked at the collection last night and realised I'm only about one third of the way there. The next third will be fun but I know the last third is going to require patience and serious dollars!

I've set boundaries for my collection. All models of 6x6, all Pen viewfinder models and all 35mm models except for SLR's. I put that top row of OM stuff there just for the heck of it but I don't class it as part of the 'collection'.

Trius
01-29-2007, 04:14
Andrew: So good to see you here again, Mate! And I'm seriously glad you provided the shot of the collection. I knew you had accumulated "a few", but I had no idea!

Normally I would treat this as a challenge, but I think I'll resign myself to being an also-ran. :o

shadowfox
01-29-2007, 13:04
Please... please... please send a copy of this image *everyday* to Olympus and tell them "Please make more of these"

Are there any RFF-ers who live in Japan? please print this image and post it on electric/phone poles.

And finally, please send me the blue XA2, I need to take a picture of that alongside of my red one (drool drool drool!!...) I promise I'll return it to ya :)

Trius
01-29-2007, 13:32
If no other companies other than Leica & Zeiss "get it", then I am pretty sure Olympus won't. They're trying to figure a way out of the 4/3s corner.

Andrew McPhee
01-29-2007, 22:08
Andrew: So good to see you here again, Mate! And I'm seriously glad you provided the shot of the collection. I knew you had accumulated "a few", but I had no idea!

Normally I would treat this as a challenge, but I think I'll resign myself to being an also-ran. :o


G'day mate to you too!

Hey don't be put off by the challenge, it isn't hard. What you see inside my cabinet (OM top shelf excluded) was all acquired within the last two years and none cost me more than AU$80 (US$60) - the average is around AU$30. All you need is a little spare cash, an eBay account, patience, one of John Foster's books and an understanding wife. Oh, and an Ikea cabinet too...

BTW, did I read correctly on another thread you are weakening and are considering purchase of a C-V Bessa..? I think you should join the club.

Andrew McPhee
01-29-2007, 22:57
...please send me the blue XA2, I need to take a picture of that alongside of my red one (drool drool drool!!...) I promise I'll return it to ya :)

Sorry, but my blue one is afraid of flying so you'll have to send your red one to me so we can get them together. And maybe they'll have baby white twins so then we can have one each!

If you want to see a really weird colored XA2 have a look at my website (look in the 'Camera collecting' category). I have pics there of a multicolored XA2 that sold on eBay a while back for crazy money. Not genuine, somebody obviously raided a parts bin to make a quick buck...and it worked.

Trius
01-30-2007, 04:25
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BTW, did I read correctly on another thread you are weakening and are considering purchase of a C-V Bessa..? I think you should join the club.
Oh, that's an OLD post, and I was able to make it through without succumbing! ;)

I haven't decided what to do yet. The M5 has the strongest pull for me, though the upcoming R-4M is also a consideration. Not having that much spare cash is a great deterrent! Besides, the 35SP is still such a joy to use, how can I neglect it ... er, them? I don't have the SPn or UC yet, and no black samples.

But I do admit that an M body with a 28, 40 and 75 are hard to resist.

shadowfox
01-30-2007, 09:41
Sorry, but my blue one is afraid of flying so you'll have to send your red one to me so we can get them together. And maybe they'll have baby white twins so then we can have one each!

If you want to see a really weird colored XA2 have a look at my website (look in the 'Camera collecting' category). I have pics there of a multicolored XA2 that sold on eBay a while back for crazy money. Not genuine, somebody obviously raided a parts bin to make a quick buck...and it worked.

Gosh! that's gruesome!
Hey, wait, I didn't know that there's a white one...

Andrew, you may be the right person to answer this: what's the difference between Pen EE, EE-2 and EE-3 ?

shadowfox
01-30-2007, 09:49
Oh, that's an OLD post, and I was able to make it through without succumbing! ;)

I haven't decided what to do yet. The M5 has the strongest pull for me,
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But I do admit that an M body with a 28, 40 and 75 are hard to resist.

I know exactly how you feel, I just got over my first ever Leica GAS attack :p after a hard-fought battle to convince myself that I don't *need* a Leica to take good pictures, I now can resume my Oly collecting adventures :)

Andrew McPhee
01-30-2007, 22:47
Oh, that's an OLD post, and I was able to make it through without succumbing! ;)

I haven't decided what to do yet. The M5 has the strongest pull for me, though the upcoming R-4M is also a consideration. Not having that much spare cash is a great deterrent! Besides, the 35SP is still such a joy to use, how can I neglect it ... er, them? I don't have the SPn or UC yet, and no black samples.

But I do admit that an M body with a 28, 40 and 75 are hard to resist.


I'm having similar thoughts about acquiring an M body and lenses. Before Christmas I bought a Bessa R w/35 2.5 from Mr Gandy, it's a really nice camera and I'm finding myself using it more often than any other camera in my bag.

It has whetted my RF appetite and has got me thinking about moving up in the RF world and looking for something with an L and a M on it.

Not for the snob value (I hate poseurs). Not because I think I'll take better photos with it (probably won't). I want it simply because I really like old-fashioned and nice feeling precision cameras. I like the feel of a smooth wind mechanism, a shutter with a satisfying snick, a body with heft that 's made from metal, lenses with metal barrels and click stops that have real clicks.

My OM-1 gives me that feeling. So does the original Pen. Sometimes when they're empty I like to fire off a few blank frames just to feel and hear these babies talk to me.

Don't get me wrong about the Bessa, she talks to me as well but she lacks the finer touches I mention above. I might keep her, or maybe I'll sell her to fund the M-something, I don't know. All I know is I have some thinking to do...

Andrew McPhee
01-30-2007, 23:39
Gosh! that's gruesome!

Yup, that multi-colored sucker sure ain't pretty. But she pulled in 500 big ones for the seller so she must be attractive to someone!


Hey, wait, I didn't know that there's a white one...

Yup, they exist but are as rare as hens teeth. It's officially called 'Urban White' which is an off-white cream color.


Andrew, you may be the right person to answer this: what's the difference between Pen EE, EE-2 and EE-3 ?

EE-2 and EE-3 have hinged backs, EE has a removable back.

EE-2 and EE-3 have a hotshoe and a PC connector but EE has no shoe (PC only).

EE-2 and EE-3 have auto-resetting frame counters but EE is manual.

EE-2 and EE-3 have an ASA range of 25-400 but EE is 10-200.

EE-2 and EE-3 both weigh 335 grams but EE is slightly heavier at 370.

EE-2 and EE-3 are 1mm deeper than the EE. But all three have the same dimensions in height and width.

EE-2 and EE-3 have easy loading multi-slotted film take-up spool but EE has only two very skinny slots.

All three have the same lens, a 28mm f3.5 4 element in 3 groups.

They all have a two-speed shutter but the speeds vary:
EE: 1/30 & 1/250 (early versions had a single-speed shutter)
EE-2 and EE-3: 1/40 & 1/200

Other than that there are minor cosmetic changes such as different colored viewfinder surrounds, body coverings and shutter release buttons. Differences between the EE-2 and EE-3 are extremely minor cosmetic changes and it makes me wonder why they bothered changing the model designation at all.

Hope this makes things clearer!

shadowfox
01-31-2007, 09:26
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Other than that there are minor cosmetic changes such as different colored viewfinder surrounds, body coverings and shutter release buttons. Differences between the EE-2 and EE-3 are extremely minor cosmetic changes and it makes me wonder why they bothered changing the model designation at all.

Hope this makes things clearer!

Extremely helpful, because I am looking for a cheap but working Pen EE-2/3 for my daughter.

Thanks Andrew!

Wimpler
01-31-2007, 10:33
How do you like the 35-S? I have a 35-SII and I'm kind of crazy about it. Are any other models comparable to it?

Andrew McPhee
02-03-2007, 07:14
How do you like the 35-S? I have a 35-SII and I'm kind of crazy about it. Are any other models comparable to it?

I've got to admit the 35-S is my least-liked Olympus. Maybe that's because the example I have is dead - a lemon from eBay that I paid WAY too much for. An early lesson I learnt...

But other than that it seems fairly pedestrian to me. Sure, it feels solid and the controls (at least the ones on mine that work) feel okay. But I don't think it's anything special, in particular I find the styling to be bland.

It disappoints me for another reason. In the lineage it fits in between two of my favorite models - the earlier 35 series from 1948-55 and the first Pen model in 1959. Both these models were groundbreaking cameras. But the 35-S that came in between them seems (to me at least) to be a treading-water model - competent and functional but not 'special'.

Let me repeat...my opinion may be colored by the dud I have on my hands. Your example may be low-mileage and tight. But I don't really like the other full-frame 35mm models that came after it either. IMHO Olympus didn't make a really good full-frame until the 35SP in 1969.

Johnmcd
02-12-2007, 03:16
From an Aussie OM lover - MAGNIFICENT mate!

John

Xmas
02-12-2007, 12:01
I'd say you have a floor loading problem Drew.

Noel

Andrew McPhee
02-22-2007, 01:52
I'd say you have a floor loading problem Drew.

Noel

Hmmm, it'd be a shame to see them end up in China. So I'm thinking I need to spread the load and make another trip to Ikea for a second cabinet to allow for expansion. In the past couple of weeks five more Oly Pens have entered the house. It's funny how they just seem to sneak in when I'm not looking...