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Old 11-21-2013   #1
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'Vietnam' OM1

Hi guys

Here's a picture of my OM1 which I have dressed up in a sort of vietnam vibe.

I've black painted the white parts, added a green softie and strap and I rubbed the softie a little so it looks as worn as the body.

The camera was sold as 'parts or repair' but I can confirm after a test roll it's working perfectly!

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Old 11-21-2013   #2
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Old 11-21-2013   #3
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I forgot the exact reason why but a 'soft' release can damage the internals on a OM-1.

John Hermanson (Camtech) would know the details.

Besides, you don't need one on the OM-1, just put the ball (not the tip) of your finger across the shutter release, take up the slack by pressing the shutter button even with the ring, and when ready, release the shutter with an almost impreceptible movment of the finger. I've always used this method and, except for the sound, you will not see my finger move when I release the shutter. There is a reason that ring was put around the shutter button.
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I forgot the exact reason why but a 'soft' release can damage the internals on a OM-1.

John Hermanson (Camtech) would know the details.

Besides, you don't need one on the OM-1, just put the ball (not the tip) of your finger across the shutter release, take up the slack by pressing the shutter button even with the ring, and when ready, release the shutter with an almost impreceptible movment of the finger. I've always used this method and, except for the sound, you will not see my finger move when I release the shutter. There is a reason that ring was put around the shutter button.
Thanks, I like the feel of a softie and have been using them for years without problems.
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What's the "Vietnam" look?
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The climate or the war?
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What's the "Vietnam" look?
This. Black paint with green bits. Didn't they teach you anything in school?
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Old 11-21-2013   #8
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What's the "Vietnam" look?
War camera?
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I thought the 'Vietnam look' might be about getting your fingers burned.
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Except the OM-1 came out at the end of the US involvement and by the Fall of Saigon OM-1 would have been only ~2 years old. Someone would have had to be very, very rough to wear the camera that much.

Then Gulf War 1 only lasted a few weeks and by 2002/03 and the Afghan/Iraq Debacle film cameras would have been long gone.

So, sorry, War Camera doesn't work out for our beloved OM-1.

Oh... I didn't see the London loc. Perhaps Falklands OM1 would work?
Ok, Falklands OM1.
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Old 11-21-2013   #11
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So, maybe worn out from all the WW2 reenactments it had to go through since the 70s?
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According to the seller, it was owned by an author who used it to illustrate his books. I should add that all the brassing is genuine, except that on the softie.
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Nice OM1. Similar setup to my Afghanistan vibe XE1.



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Old 11-21-2013   #14
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[quote=zuiko85;2257866]I forgot the exact reason why but a 'soft' release can damage the internals on a OM-1.

John Hermanson (Camtech) would know the details.

Soft release doesn't damage every OM it's used on but it does happen. John
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As an Vietnamese, it's interesting for me to know how others think about Vietnam. Now I got a new notion: "Black and Green"
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As an Vietnamese, it's interesting for me to know how others think about Vietnam. Now I got a new notion: "Black and Green"
It is only one person thinks of Vietnam, the OP. To me it makes absolutely no sense and even a little insensitive. But then again it is just a camera.
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Looking good Ped, pedants eh? Damn world fulla them. I know what you mean by the green and black thing.
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It is only one person thinks of Vietnam, the OP. To me it makes absolutely no sense and even a little insensitive. But then again it is just a camera.
Think Bob Capa's death.
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As an Vietnamese, it's interesting for me to know how others think about Vietnam. Now I got a new notion: "Black and Green"
Trung

I recently went to a Vietnamese wedding in Adelaide. A great time was had by all.
Your country is definitely on my "to visit" list.

I don't think the OP was being derogatory in any way. The Vietnam war has had a profound effect on Western culture.
He was simply trying to create a camera that may have been used in that war. I'm sure he meant no offence.
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Where are pics from Vietnam?
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Ok, Falklands OM1.
The Falkland war was just from 2 April 1982 until 20 june 1982 - and most of that period British troops were on ships going south. Doesn't warrant the brassing.
If you want to name it after a late 20th century war, I think the war in Bosnia would be your best bet, or the war the Russians fought in Afghanistan.

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I don't think the OP was being derogatory in any way. The Vietnam war has had a profound effect on Western culture
You just told somebody from Vietnam who visits English speaking forums and has a stated interest to know how others think about his country, that "the Vietnam war has had a profound effect on Western culture" - I guess he did know that

By the way, I think the way ped is being treated by some, is unwarranted. He just dressed up his camera to look like it was used in the Vietnam war. He links black and green to the Vietnam war, there is nothing insensitive about that. Some feel they have to defend the Vietnamese, and if the Vietnam war learned us one thing, it is the fact that the Vietnamese are perfectly capable of defending themselves
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Looking good Ped, pedants eh? Damn world fulla them. I know what you mean by the green and black thing.
Thanks, I'm glad someone does!
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You just told somebody from Vietnam who visits English speaking forums and has a stated interest to know how others think about his country, that "the Vietnam war has had a profound effect on Western culture" - I guess he did know that
I was trying to assure Trung that the OP meant no harm. I'm not sure what your post was trying to achieve.
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Some feel they have to defend the Vietnamese, and if the Vietnam war learned us one thing, it is the fact that the Vietnamese are perfectly capable of defending themselves
Or depending on one's outlook - that they weren't.
Quite a few Vietnamese-Americans do not view the war in the same light that pop-culture does.

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As an Vietnamese, it's interesting for me to know how others think about Vietnam. Now I got a new notion: "Black and Green"
For me its food - but I don't think it'd be practical to make a camera look like a pork sandwich.
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For me its food - but I don't think it'd be practical to make a camera look like a pork sandwich.
I believe a challenge has been issued! Go on you lot, you know you want to...
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back on topic, cool OM1!
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In the guitar world that's called "Road Worn". Why someone would take a perfectly nice guitar and make it look like it's been tossed down the driveway is beyond me but it's a big thing. My guitar builder even has a patented process to do this and if a customer wants a Strat to look like SRV's he can do it exactly.
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Can all you negs kindly crochet your own over offended muesli somewhere of you your own making?
What is this, a self righteous, self aggrandising reach around witch hunt? I've not read such overwhelming,smug,easily offended PC bollocks in a long time.
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In the guitar world that's called "Road Worn". Why someone would take a perfectly nice guitar and make it look like it's been tossed down the driveway is beyond me but it's a big thing. My guitar builder even has a patented process to do this and if a customer wants a Strat to look like SRV's he can do it exactly.
Read my post - all the wear is genuine and the main reason I bought it was because it was only £55!
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ped - love the camera - looks fantastic - sometimes we need things like that to give us the 'vibe' to go out and shoot

trung - love Hanoi - felt like being in a daze or a time warp, and visiting the home of Chairman Ho topped it off

the vibe - (taken with a Nikon, not an OM sorry) - the best of them are dead now
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The Olympus OM-1, The "On-Off thing",for the Lightmeter would never survive a war.
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ped - love the camera - looks fantastic - sometimes we need things like that to give us the 'vibe' to go out and shoot

trung - love Hanoi - felt like being in a daze or a time warp, and visiting the home of Chairman Ho topped it off

the vibe - (taken with a Nikon, not an OM sorry) - the best of them are dead now
Great photo. It reminds me of my time in the 3rd Battalion.
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When I think of Vietnam I think of coffee ! Yum

Oh, and motorscooters. Worn out black and green scooters with all the brass showing through.
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The Olympus OM-1, The "On-Off thing",for the Lightmeter would never survive a war.
Be manly Hungarian like Robert Capa and guess at your exposure.
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Really? I took my OM-2n to Iraq and it did just fine.
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