Why choose? Get both!
Why choose? Get both!
The on-off switch on the FE2 is the advance lever- you have to rotate this out by some degrees to get the camera (light meter and electronically timed speeds) to work. Me being left-eyed I found this unworkable: the lever pokes into my skull. If this bothers you also, get the Olympus (or a Nikon F3).
The Olympus doesn't have an on-off switch, it's always ready for use :). The viewfinder display has an illuminator so it's easy to read in dim light. In auto the meter reads down to (if I remember correctly) EV -5. The metering system overall is second to none imho.
Same reason I did not enjoy the FE, kept poking me in the eye. :D sold it back almost immediately. The OM cameras are nice, I have a OM1 and it just feels perfect for me.
Or you could do whatI read on the internet a couple of years ago, for all models of the OM2SP, OM4 and OM4T/i when not being used turn the shutter speed dial to B this disconnects the battery circuit and prevents battery drain. I have been doing this for a couple of years with no adverse effects and no battery drain on my OM bodies, I also do it with my OM2ns.
Camtech said Olympus was no longer providing service, however I'd bet Camtech is providing the same great service they always have provided. Bill Barber
I hitched my horse to the OM wagon back in 1986 and am still using them as my primary axe of choice even today in the world of digital. I only shoot that ugly digital stuff when I need to... :)
So, what about that OM4T(i)? It rocks, dude. The metering system is so unique and works in a jaw-dropping simple manner even though the level of exposure complexity is high. However, few people have actually exploited the capabilities. Honestly, it was many years before I ever tried using the HiLite and Shadow buttons. Once I did, it was Three months before I used anything else.
The multispot metering is also unbelievable for use with the Zone System. When in manual exposure mode, you take spot readings of the various brightness levels in the scene than you adjust your expose until all the dots line up on the exposure scale where you want them. It's a simple matter to place readings on any zone. I have a Sekonic meter which has this capability, but just as with every other meter, it Requires much more intrepretation. The OM3/4 bodies resolve this with a brilliant metering display.
i like the way the FE2 feels in my hands. The only thing I might criticize is that there is no in-viewfinder meter reading illumination that you can count on in low light situations. So you just set it to A and pray.
By comparison, the OM4-T that I owned handles very well, and has an excellent set of lit readouts for use at night. The spot meter capabilities and the accuracy of the meter are extremely underrated. The viewfinder is much nicer than the Nikon FE2s. The only negatives I have for this camera, compared to the FE2, is the 1/2000 maximum shutter speed. And to me, that's not anywhere near a dealbreaker. This is a fantastic camera.
Something to consider: lenses. It's easier to get Nikon lenses for a smaller amount of money. I'm not a fan of the color rendition of my 24mm Nikkor-N (uncoated, which probably why the colors look..off), or the sharpness of my Nikkor 35mm F2 AI. However, these lenses are cheap and easy to find, which can't always be said for OM stuff. Also, there are PLENTY of knockout lenses in the F mount made by Nikon and various 3rd parties. I love my 105mm f/2.5 AI Nikkor. My 50mm f/1.4 AI is wonderfully sharp by f/2.8.
I did not have too much time with my OM 24mm f/2.8, or 50mm f/1.4, but I loved the results of my OM 50mm f/1.8 and pricey 85mm f/2.0.