Olympus OM30 . . . or . . . Canon EOS100

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  1. aoluain

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    Hi All,

    I own some Olympus Zuiko Glass, A Pentax 645 33-55
    with a Zoerk PSA, and a Sigma 12-24 all used on a
    Canon 5D.

    I am looking to get a 35mm film camera but I'm torn between
    these 2 options [edit: OM10 or EOS100].

    I really like the look and reviews of the OM SLR's for
    my Zuiko Glass but if I go for and EOS I can use all
    my glass.

    Is it a no brainer, should I be going for the EOS or are the
    OM's a nicer unit to have?

    Oh and I have a cheap EOS300 that I bought at a good
    price with a batch of film, should I just use that?

    Alan
     
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    Why oh why would you want an OM-10 (or OM-30 aka OM-F))? Loaded with exposure problems, though you might not see all of them with negatives films wide exposure range. Look for an OM-1N, 2N. John
     
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    If you already have the other Canon film camera, I'd stick with it. And I agree that the single-digit OMs probably are better cameras.

    Those later double-digital Olympus OM models were a lot of plastic.
     
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    If you are going to consider any Olympus cameras, look at OM-1, OM-2, OM-3, or OM-4. Steer clear of the OM-10, or OM-F, they are entry lever junk, and have problems. The OM-G is an OM-10 with some of the bugs worked out, but still not decent enough quality to warrant spending any money on. If you want manual only, its OM-1 or 3, and auto modes any of the OM-2 versions, or OM-4.
     
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    I'm going to disagree with Rick on the OM-G (aka OM-20). I have 2 of them, and they are both capable and reliable. They are also a fair bit lighter than the single digit OM cameras. When I bought mine, they were incredibly cheap.

    Avoid the OM-10.

    An OM-2 (or 3, or 4) is definitely better than an OM-G, but not as likely to be as inexpensive. An OM-1 is also better, but you need a battery work-around.

    If you get any of the OM bodies, it will be tough to resist the temptation to get more ... (I have an OM-1n, two OM-G, an OM-2s and an OM-2n).
     
  6. aoluain

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    thanks for the info all . . .

    ok the om10 is off the table.

    I not planning on spending too much money
    on a body so will go with the om20 possibly.

    No one fancies an EOS as an option?

    I dug out the 300 this evening and man it feels so
    cheap.
     
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    I agree, the 300 did feel cheap and plasticky when I had one, but I loved it at the time. I prefer the OM-10.

    So what's so wrong with the OM-10? Reading this thread had me pouring through OM2n auctions on Ebay... even though i don't actually need one. The OM10 is pretty small and light - it's even smaller than my Bessa R2a when put side by side.
     
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    OM10 may not be the best Olympus but it's a pretty good camera. I have several and have given some to family members and they love them.

    I don't see how they're any worse than plastic cameras of the more modern era. Just don't wind them too vigorously.

    I get good exposures from mine too. I stick with Silver Oxide batteries for consistency.
     
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    I have an EOS100 that I got for free because every 30 or so shots for no apparent reason the shutter stays open for about a second,other than that and I can live with losing 1 shot per roll of film ,its a nice camera to use anmd gives fine results with all my EOS lenses
     
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    thanks for the heads up guys.

    i think i'll go the eos100 route with an eye open
    for an OM2.

    thanks for all the suggestions.