Well since the old post got lost I thought I'd post an update instead.....
I was contemplating getting an old OM2 and a couple of lenses for a light 'snap' camera, as I used to have one and foolishly sold it to 'go digital' in 2000.....
Well I did get a black, boxed mint OM2n, with a 50mm f1.4, 24mm f2.8, 75-150 f4 (inc boxes and leather cases) and a T20 flash on e-Bay. What a great little camera! The 24mm has been a disappointment though - its an old SC version and flares very badly! I'm going to replace it with a 28/2.8 MC and get a film scanner.
The funny thing is the really good stuff (21mm lenses and pro versions plus the famed OM4T(i) ) is still quite expensive.... it would make a great 'street' camera - ohh dear having cured my NAS with a D2x, I'm in danger of getting OMAS on top!
Glad you're enjoying the OM, Brendan! The OM-1 was my father's first SLR back when they first came out. I had a (relatively) hulking Minolta SR-T101 at the time, and remember being amazed at the compactness of the Olympus, and the quality of the lenses (my dad had 28mm, 50mm and 75-150mm, as I recall).
A month or so ago I came upon an OM1 with 50mm f1.4 and a load of other stuff at a garage sale. Not that I needed another camera or system, but the price was too good to pass up.
Other than a non-working meter (not a big deal to me) it's working fine. I've only run one roll through it as a quick test and none of the shots are worth a post. I'm really impressed with the build quality and size. It seems dwarfed by my FM.
The 50mm f1.4 Zuiko is very good. Sharpness is about on par with its Nikkor counterpart from that era. Mine is single coated but I haven't noticed any flare...at least not yet.
Like you, I started looking into additional lenses and found the prices for the more interesting glass too high. If I'm going to spend that kind of money I'll spend it on either my Nikon or Leica kits.
Yes it is a bit steep...... I'd like a 21mm f2 and an 18 or 16mm f3.5, but these seem to sell for over $500 on e-bay. I put the 24mm on for auction with a buy it now price to cover my costs and posstage and it sold in 10 minutes! So there's obviously a demand for these things still!
I'm going to hold off getting anything expensive until I see the quality of a scanned image (i.e. scanner first). I'd like to use a 'really small and light' film kit sometimes and I have all the Nikon digital gear I need (D2X, 12-24 f4 DX, 17-55 f2.8 DX, 70-200 2.8, 10.5 f2.8 DX, 85mm f1.8 SB 600) and would need new lenses anyway to go Nikon film (plus the're bigger and heavier).
Does anyone have any scanned images taken with a zuiko they could send me?????
Well, I suppose I've answered my own question......
'Proud grandfather' - Muheza, Tanzania 1986
Olympus Om2n 50mm f1.4 undoubtedly wide open and probably a pretty slow shutter speed, maybe 1/15th handheld. This man was a clerk at the local hospital where I was working, and this was taken by available light coming through the window of the simple hut where they lived. I also probably gave a stop of so extra exposure to compensate for the dark background as the shirt isn't too over-exposed
Minolta Dimage 5400 scanned Fujichrome 100.
Somehow we may have lost something, I can't imaging bringing my D2X into this setting, nor it being so spontaneous. I will continue to run both systems as I think film still has value......
I have an OM-1 and 3 50mm f/1.8 Zuikos, only one has bad case of fungus. Anyways, how can you tell if they are single coated?
I noticed too that these Zuikos aren't as "crisp" as the Nikkors, but I got two of these 50mm f/1.8 Zuikos for $10 the pair in mint condition.
I hear tell that Leica lenses, like the dual purpose 50mm Summicrons, are single coated and single coated lenses work nicely with black and white. Perhaps these old Zuikos that aren't as sharp as ye ole Nikkor would do nicely as a black and white people lens.
Nice shots. The second looks quite a bit sharper on screen but it may be an illusion.
The only Zuiko I own is the 50mm f1.4 (early model with the chrome rim) and find it as sharp as my Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AI. Where I do see a difference is in contrast, with the Nikkor being better able to control flare. No doubt a result of better coating. The Zuiko seems to have some sort of coating (purple/orange) but it may not be multicoated as is the Nikkor.
Neither matches my Summicron 50 in sharpness or contrast but that's no big shock considering the price.
If I wasn't already invested in Nikon and Leica systems, I could easily get into the OM's. My meterless OM1 has given me a lot of pleasure over the past few months.
I also have an OM1 with working f1.4 50mm and 135mm f3.5 lenses. The meter stopped working and I couldn't get a replacement battery, so I got this "Wien Cell" replacement at 1.35 volts and it works quite well. I checked the calibration and it's fairly accurate. I'm thinking about getting a scanner myself for negatives/slides. I have two Nikomats and they are quite a bit heavier/larger. The OM1's form factor is kind of perfect for the streets. Wonderful camera.
Latest saga in the olympus OM experiment. I've now got some better glass, Zuiko 21mm f3.5, 35mm f2 and 85mm f2. Had the OM4 Ti in Greece over Xmas, so here are some examples, much much sharper and great colours..... 1. 35mm f2 Fujichrome Velvia 100, scanned with Dimage Elite 5400. 2. 21mm f3.5 as above 3. 85mm f2 Fijiclour NPS 160, slight boost to saturation after scanning.
As always comments on these 'non Nikon' images welocme!
Oh, one other question for this group - does anyone use the Olympus C-8080? I've been watching them on eBay and thinking of getting one once the price falls a little more. If yes, what are your impressions good and bad? Thanks!
I'm really glad I found this thread as I am still an Olympus user. My first "real" camera was an OM-10 w/50mm 1.8 Zuiko and Sunpak 422D flash. Great little camera, just wonderful! I am returning from a 20+ year break from photography and had I been able to locate my old OM-10 (after several moves who knows where it is) I would use it now.
Here are a couple of images taken using the 50mm 1.8 lens. The scans were made at my local library and there is some dust that I didn't see at the time of the scan. The actual prints are razor-sharp (the picture of the child was taken inside of a moving school bus, handheld, wide open using ISO 100 Kodak film).
I hope this helps with your decision, and although I have no need for another film body I too have looked at several OM-10s and OM-2's. Be blessed and keep shooting!