I was given an Olympus OM2 by a neighbour and love it. I just bought a zuiko 35 f 2.8 for it. Great combo for me. Love my Contax SLR's too but the OM2 really took me by surprise.
OM-2 body: 136 x 83 x 50mm, 520g, viewfinder 97% coverage, 0.92x magnification
ME Super body: 131 x 82.5 x 49.5mm ,460g, viewfinder 92% coverage, 0.97x magnification
Sounds like you want an OM2n. I went from ME Super to OM2n. It was an easy conversion, because the OM2n is the same size, with an equally good viewfinder, a very usable manual mode unlike the pentax, and the lenses focus better (for me). The only thing I miss about the pentax is the shorter throw on the rewind lever.Quote:
- Size & weight. I donīt want it bigger/heavier.
- Auto and manual exposure with very clear readings in the VF.
- Very nice and big VF.
- Lots of rather inexpensive glass to be found. I would definitely want a fast 50mm.
I recently bought an ME Super at a roadside rummage sale. Cost me $20.00.
A little spiffing up and it's as good as new. I bought it as a spare camera but I find myself using it more than my regular camera.
It's got just enough automatic features to be useful when you want to work fast but it's not so automatic as to be difficult to use manually when you want. The lens on mine is ƒ-1.7. Viewfinder is bright. Controls are easy to operate. All my other Pentax lenses are interchangeable.
If I remember correctly, OM glass has a tendency to flare bad.
This issue that you raise--backwards compatibility--is far less true of Pentax than Nikon, Canon, or any of the other major players (quality is another discussion which... to each their own :) ). As noted by Karen Nakumara, who has more experience with these things than all but a tiny percentage of people in the universe:
"The famed "backwards compatible" Nikon SLR system has enough incompatibilities and "buts" to fill an entire wall chart."
But don't take her word for it:
In fact, if you type "nikon lens " into google, "... compatibility chart" is second-ranked behind only "... reviews".
It has digital buttons to sequentially change the shutter speed. And the buttons don't even click. This is unacceptable since you can't tell by feel what shutter speed is set. You have to look in the viewfinder and press the shutter partway to see what shutter speed you have set! You can't quickly change the shutter speed by a large amount...you have to sit there pushing the button like 6 times in a row to change by 6 speeds.Quote:
Out of curiosity, what did you find hard to use about the manual mode on the ME Super?
I also prefer the Olympus's nice, simple viewfinder needle to the column of LEDs and numbers cluttering up the ME Super's viewfinder. For me, manual mode on the ME Super is a tacked-on feature, and not suitable for dedicated use.