Mystery object on focusing screen

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by erikg, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. erikg

    erikg Member

    Messages:
    1,455
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2003
    Location:
    pawtucket rh
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    [​IMG]

    Pulled my OM-1n out of the bag this morning and Yikes! saw this in the viewfinder. When I got it out I found it was a section of a flexible tube or band of some kind. It was sitting on the top surface of the screen. Any ideas what it might be? Something to be concerned about? Camera seems to be working fine.
     
  2. Jim Jones

    Jim Jones Subscriber

    Messages:
    2,463
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Location:
    Rural NW MO
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    It won't affect the photographs as long as it is on the focusing screen, but whatever it is might migrate to where it can cause malfunctions. If it is on the top of the focusing screen, removal would require some camera disassembly. If it is on the lower surface, it is accessible when the lens is removed.
     
  3. E. von Hoegh

    E. von Hoegh Member

    Messages:
    3,921
    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2011
    Location:
    Adirondacks
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    The screens are interchangeable, therefore easily removeable once you take the lens off.
    Bit I'd be a lot more concerned with "where did it come from"?
     
  4. erikg

    erikg Member

    Messages:
    1,455
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2003
    Location:
    pawtucket rh
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I got it out. But yes that is my concern: where did it come from?
     
  5. MattKing

    MattKing Subscriber

    Messages:
    17,196
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2005
    Location:
    Delta, BC, Canada
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Send this info to John at zuiko.com, and ask for a suggestion.

    As an aside, if you had included a reference to Olympus OM1 in the thread title, John might very well have noticed the thread and responded without prompting.

    EDIT: Also, keep the offending item - it may help a repair technician diagnose the problem.
     
  6. erikg

    erikg Member

    Messages:
    1,455
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2003
    Location:
    pawtucket rh
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Thanks! I thought about contacting John, he serviced this camera a few years ago and it came back working better than new, if that is possible. Great repair guy. He would be the guy who could id the piece if anyone can. You are right, should have put the camera model in the header.
     
  7. John Koehrer

    John Koehrer Subscriber

    Messages:
    6,470
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2004
    Location:
    Montgomery,
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Tube? Or deceased bug?
    Got a good magnifier?
     
  8. erikg

    erikg Member

    Messages:
    1,455
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2003
    Location:
    pawtucket rh
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Tube for sure. Looks like a slice of surgical tubing, slightly yellowed.
     
  9. momus

    momus Member

    Messages:
    2,706
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Location:
    Lower Earth
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    I always wondered what the viewfinder of an OM looked like. Simple and uncluttered.
     
  10. John Hermanson

    John Hermanson Member

    Messages:
    306
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2005
    Location:
    Huntington,
    Shooter:
    35mm
    It is part of a broken shock absorber (silicon rubber ring). I suggest removing screen, gently blow off so the debris will not get jammed inside the meter or other important area. John
     
  11. wiltw

    wiltw Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,561
    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2008
    Location:
    SF Bay area
    Shooter:
    Medium Format

    ...and at 0.92x it is huge, compared to viewfinders which also have to cram in the display of status and settings at 0.8x magnification