Were Olympus OM lenses stiff when new?

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  1. darinwc

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    I have a few Olympus OM lenses. One thing I noticed about all of them is that the focus is pretty stiff compared to say nikon or minolta lenses.

    Were they intended to be stiffer focusing or is this just an aspect of the age of the grease used?
     
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    I couldn't compare mine to Nikon lenses, but they aren't stiff, nor are they loose.
     
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    I have had good success freeing up stiff focus helicoids with Niftech Micro Bearing Oil. It comes with a very fine needle applicator and you can get it onto the helicoid without taking the lens apart in many cases.

     
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    I had three OM lenses since new. They were never stiff. I would say the stiffness comes with age. I imagine the climate where the lens spent those years could affect it as well since I have some used ones that are moderately stiff and others that are quite free.
     
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    I have only 1 Olympus lens, the 50mm f/1.8. The focusing ring is stiffer than most of my Nikons (which I had since new) but it feels good. I see nothing wrong with it.