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Igor.Burshteyn 03-13-2007 00:10

OT: OM heaven
 
Just can't keep it inside. Yesterday I became happy owner of OM4ti (black) and 4 lenses. Among them there are 2 rare specimen - 16mm f3.5 fisheye and 18mm f3.5 wide. Fisheye is in very good condition (given its age), but 18mm has prominent fungus growth on its giant front element. I would like to clean it someday (if it affects picture quality; and even if it doesn't), can you recommend me somebody who is able to do the work? How much I am expected to pay?

Eryximachos 03-13-2007 02:57

Igor: I had some Zuiko lenses cleaned by Camtech in Huntington NY. This was in conjunction with a cla on a OM-1n body. One of the lenses had a small spot of fungus that was cleaned "as much as possible." According to my web research, Camtech is one of the main Oly repair guys. My experience was good. His web site http://www.zuiko.com/index.htm

Archie 03-13-2007 06:32

Well Igor I join you in heaven, I bought a OM4 on saturday. I just have one lense (50mm 1.8) but in a few weeks I'll get a 100 and 28 2.8 if they are in decent condition.

ClaremontPhoto 03-13-2007 06:54

Look out for a 28-48 wide zoom. I enjoyed mine yesterday.

Spyderman 03-13-2007 08:32

Igor, Archie - welcome in heaven :D


nksyoon 03-13-2007 08:38

This is my OM-1, bought in refurbished condition from Camtech. He also adjusted the meter for modern batteries. Lens is a 24/2.


Archie 03-13-2007 09:02

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Well no Ti on my side here, but nevertheless if've fallen in love (for the second time, and no the first one isn't a camera :rolleyes: )


Trius 03-13-2007 09:34

Y'all are killing me!!!
 
You guys are killing me! Igor, I 2nd (3rd?) the recommendation for John Hermanson/Camtech. He's a great guy to deal with, as well as being a very good OM tech. He used to work at Olympus America. John usually has a 6-8 week backlog.

Unfortunately Clint Rumbo at Photosphere (olyfix.com) recently suspended new service orders and his website is now a single page with that statement.

BTW, Joe still has his Zuiko 28-48 up for sale here

shadowfox 03-13-2007 10:38

O yeah! since we're all family ;)



my street-shooting gear... NOT !! :p

shadowfox 03-13-2007 10:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by nksyoon
This is my OM-1, bought in refurbished condition from Camtech. He also adjusted the meter for modern batteries. Lens is a 24/2.

wow! that's the lens to get if you like wide-angle, it's quite a bit bigger than my 24mm/2.8

back alley 03-13-2007 10:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jon Claremont
Look out for a 28-48 wide zoom. I enjoyed mine yesterday.


i have one for sale...cheap.

ferider 03-13-2007 11:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadowfox
O yeah! since we're all family ;)

my street-shooting gear... NOT !! :p

How do you like the mirror lens ?

And a related question: I seem to remember that there was a shorter Zuiko mirror lens, like 350 or so.
Does anybody here have info on this ?

Thanks,

Roland.

PS: yeah, I owe you Zuiko porn; some have seen this already, my favorite Zuiko:


rpinchbeck 03-13-2007 11:20

Just came in from shooting the newly fallen snow with my OM2 and a Tamron SP 500/8. Though a Kiev is always with me, an Oly is never far away ready to take up the task.

Nice Oly porn guys!

Cheers,

Russ Pinchbeck

Igor.Burshteyn 03-13-2007 11:55

oh folks:> who can resist nowaday prices? not me. And I see that I am not the only one. I am surprised that you focused on OM4ti - I meant 16mm and 18mm glass when referred to heaven :>
Btw rewind crank gearing is smoother on my OM1n than on OM4ti, other than that both feel like little jewels.
Thanks for recommendations on 18mm overhaul. Is there any reputable oly tech in Europe (a bit close to Israel than US)?
I got 28mm f3.5 and 50mm f3.5 macro with this set as well. I like my OM 50mm f1.8 very much - one of sharpest lenses I ever used, or just feels like this because delivers results with almost every click. So I can not wait to try 50mm macro, as well.

humanized_form 03-13-2007 12:24

the om-4 rocks
 
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i love the om-4(T)! i bought a few at the KEH bargain price and they are so much fun. my favorite lens is the 50mm/f2 macro. from that lens:

nksyoon 03-14-2007 01:21

Speaking of the 50/2 macro...

OM-1, Fuji Reala


Canon 20D (!)

shadowfox 03-14-2007 06:16

ferider: " How do you like the mirror lens ?"

Can you imagine how things look like when I put this lens on my E-300? I'll post a sample when I get home today. The only bad thing is the vibration, even with mirror-lock, you need a bean bag, or an extra sturdy tripod. My Slik tripod in the picture was too light :(

Igor: "or just feels like this because delivers results with almost every click"

That just about sums it up for me :) I feel the excitement everytime I shoot with my OM gears because more often than not, I like the results.

humanized_form and nksyoon: "50/2 macro..."

Shweeeeeet!!

Trius 03-14-2007 06:35

Igor: Maybe some of the Euro members can chime in, but I seem to recall that CRR (UK, Luton I think?) has a good reputation overall and does OM work.

Nik & Humanized: Yowza, great stuff!

steamer 03-14-2007 06:58

Shouldn't the OM series be made an honorary rangefinder?
Jeez Nick, did you have to post that 50mm macro shot, I'd almost forgotten how bad I wanted one of those.

Trius 03-14-2007 07:09

Steamer: I agree, it's an honorary RF. Maitani was a big Leica fan, and that was in his mind when designing the OM system. For my next foray into stygian darkness photography, I'm going to shoot with an OM-1n, 21/2, Leitz 21mm finder and mirror locked up, scale focus, at slow speeds. As close to RF with an SLR as I can get.

ClaremontPhoto 03-14-2007 07:24

Quote:

Originally Posted by Trius
Igor: Maybe some of the Euro members can chime in, but I seem to recall that CRR (UK, Luton I think?) has a good reputation overall and does OM work.

Nik & Humanized: Yowza, great stuff!

I don't know about CRR of Luton for Olympus, I thought that they are Leica people.

But Luton Camera Repair Service are good people for Olympus buys and repairs. They are located very close to the railway station.

Trius 03-14-2007 07:48

That's for the clarification, Jon.

Igor.Burshteyn 03-14-2007 07:52

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Thanks for information !
I attached picture of my son David (shot with plain Jane OM 50mm f1.8, scanned today by high-street service provider) - I'd like to see how 50mm f3.5 macro I got with OM4ti outperforms it in terms of resolution :>

BillBingham2 03-14-2007 08:03

I see the old 450mm Series 1 come up (some times under the P&E name too) from time to time. Small and heavy.

When I was rebuilding my Nikon system a few months ago, I was wondering about using a good 2X converter vs a longer lens. From what I saw, great 180s and 2X converts out perform 500mm lenses.

Not having both, its for me to make a true head to head test.

I do agree we should make the OM seriese a honorary member of the RF club. The 200/5 and an OM-1 take up no room in my bag!

B2 (;->

rpinchbeck 03-14-2007 08:27

Well, just to add that the OM series should be at least an associate member of the RF clan, I'm making an adapter to mate my Zuiko lens' up to my Kiev RF bodies. There will be no RF coupling so I will require an external RF. I really should finish this project up soon but I have a Super Ikonta and a Oly RC to complete first.

Cheers,

Russ Pinchbeck

Trius 03-14-2007 08:57

I have fantasized about putting the Zuiko 21/2 on an M body via adapter. I already own a 21 finder, as mentioned above. Please, no comments about my fantasy life. I already know it's sad... :(

Archie 03-15-2007 06:43

for those who want to play god: 180 f2.0

shadowfox 03-15-2007 07:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by steamer
Shouldn't the OM series be made an honorary rangefinder? <cropped>

Thanks for voicing my sentiment, Steamer. I counted 4 "votes" so far, if I can add 10 myself, I would :) so here's vote no 5.

As for why?
  • Bright viewfinder: Check
  • Ease of focusing: With the right focusing screen, Check
  • Small/Compact: Check
  • Quiet: For street-photography, Check
  • IQ: Check, Check, Check (anybody want to dispute me on this? ;) )
and finally, here's an OM-2n street-shooting sample:



Peace!

BillBingham2 03-15-2007 07:58

Trius,

Living in Rochester requires one to have a good fantasy life. 18% gray sky sucks dude! But on the positve side, Toronto is just across the lake and the Finger Lakes are close.

I grew up in Greece and left after 20 years of......learning. It is a wonderful place, but business-wise not enough options for me these days.

Shadowfox,

Like any camera there is an inherent level of capability to product great images, an equal amount depends upon the glass. I would suggest that most of the Zuiko glass is at least equal to much of the RF glass many of us have.

I think as the powers that be gave us our own section (and the new head bartender has not revoked it yet), I think the OM family is in!

B2 (;->

lubitel 03-15-2007 08:18

i really dont need more SLR GAS! but, boy, sure would like to try the famous OM camera!

BillBingham2 03-15-2007 08:29

It truely is as close to an RF as you can get in SLR-land. When it first came out it shocked much of the camera manufactures. Bigger was thought to be better (look at the Nikon FTn & F2, Canon F1) and it rocked a lot of thinking. While many copied (e.g. Pentax ME, Nikon FM) noone ever duplicated.

I had the chance to handle one of the early ones (my AV directors brother was a rep for Olympus) with every lens they came out with. My father used Nikons at work so I went with Nikon so I could barrow lenses (the OM kit needed to go back). The Nikkormat is a great camera, but the OM-1 set a new standard in the industry (like the Nikon F).

I picked up and OM-1 on EvilBay a few years ago (I had purchased an 85/2 and 35/2.8 six years ago, just in case) and love it. I was able to get a 200/5 from a member here a few months ago. Now the OM-1 and 200/5 sit in my medium sized carry bag next to my M6, 105/40/15 system. For such a great system, it is very easy to carry.

B2 (;->

marcust101 03-15-2007 08:35

Ltuon Camera repair are, great, I've just had my Dad's old OM1 (and my first camera) serviced, feels like new. Gotta love the feel of the OM1 and it's beautifully sharp glass. The 85mm F2 is my favourite, lovely portraiture lens, sharp but rounded or something

Igor.Burshteyn 03-15-2007 10:28

Kind of busy at work these days, still didn't finish my first roll with my new set OM4ti/16mm/18mm/50mm macro :/
Any idea how to legalize 1 new camera and 4 lenses at home? .)
"Sweetheart, it was so cheap I could not resist" doesn't work.

ferider 03-15-2007 11:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by Igor.Burshteyn
Kind of busy at work these days, still didn't finish my first roll with my new set OM4ti/16mm/18mm/50mm macro :/
Any idea how to legalize 1 new camera and 4 lenses at home? .)
"Sweetheart, it was so cheap I could not resist" doesn't work.

"I got 4 lenses for the price of one, and I was able to use two coupons !" might work though :)

Trius 03-15-2007 12:15

Quote:

Originally Posted by BillBingham2
Trius,

Living in Rochester requires one to have a good fantasy life. 18% gray sky sucks dude! But on the positve side, Toronto is just across the lake and the Finger Lakes are close.

I grew up in Greece and left after 20 years of......learning. It is a wonderful place, but business-wise not enough options for me these days.
B2 (;->

The skies make it easy to meter. :p

I lived in Greece for a few years (Bakerdale just north of Stonewood), but they kicked me out to West Irondequoit because I didn't drive a Camaro and wear gold chains.

My wife grew up in Greece, but she has gone through therapy and is fine now.

I spend a fair amount of time in Toronto/GTA. And I prefer Niagara Peninsula wines to FL, but the FL are very pleasant.

Rochester still has Nick Tahou's, so I guess there is that ...

Quote:

Originally Posted by Igor.Burshteyn
Any idea how to legalize 1 new camera and 4 lenses at home? .)
"Sweetheart, it was so cheap I could not resist" doesn't work.

If your sweetheart can tell when a new camera or lens arrives, then you clearly do not have enough gear. As long as my SO does not notice a package arrive, I mix in any "new" gear with the old gear storage. As long as the new gear isn't new digi-stuff, it works. YMMV.

Earl

ruben 03-15-2007 12:59

Quote:

Originally Posted by steamer
Shouldn't the OM series be made an honorary rangefinder?
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Emmeritus member.

Trius 03-17-2007 05:49

HU for anyone who is now attracted to OM or needs to satisfy their GAS: ePray 160096928080. No connection, etc., but there are some goodies to be had.

Igor.Burshteyn 03-20-2007 09:57

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Got back first results - wow, this OM 50mm macro is really sharp, and 18mm is realy wide. Now I have quite a full oly collection - 35sp, om1, om4ti with 18mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm macro, 50mm normal, 135mm. Now it's time to go out for some pictures. I am happy but not done ;)

attached some stuff - including 100% crop from edge of frame by 18mm

shadowfox 03-20-2007 11:50

Niiice! I especially love the baby picture! welcome to you life-long addiction to everything Zuiko :)

Igor.Burshteyn 03-20-2007 11:56

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forgot that OM 16mm fisheye. For me it's more gimmick than real tool. Anybody has examp[les of creative usage of fisheye?


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