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    OM-1 antique store find

    I like to browse antique shops looking for cameras and found my best score yet this weekend. Tucked back on a shelf was an Olympus OM-1 with 50/1.8 and Varimagni viewfinder. When I first looked through the finder it was black, so I ran it through a couple of shutter speeds and the finder was still black. Took off the lens and realized mirror lock up was engaged. Once I flipped the mirror back down I looked through the viewfinder and couldn't get anything in focus. Checked the lens and it had a close up filter attached. I turned the meter on and it worked as well. After checking the make sure the lens stopped down properly I looked at the price tag. $8.75!

    I don't have any other Olympus gear but decided that the price was too good to pass up. When I went to the register I found out the vendor was giving 10% off everything so I ended up paying $8.56 for it. I'm not sure how long it had been there but I'm guessing the strange looking viewfinder and mirror being locked up deterred most casual shoppers. I still haven't finished my first roll but its been enjoyable to use. The shutter speeds being around the lens mount is neat but I wish I could see the settings in the viewfinder like my Nikon FE. And the lens doesn't focus as smoothly as my Nikkors but seems well built. The thing I really like is the Varimagni finder, whoever had it before obviously used the camera for close up work and I think I'll give it a try too. I guess its time to check out Zuiko prices

    Adam

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    Nice score.

    I occasionally drive past one of those "flea-market-antique-shop-buy-sell-etc" places on the weekends and always say to myself that I should stop, but I never do.

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    Indeed, a great score! This weekend I came across the Nikon version of the Varimagni (DR-3) for $5 -- a very handy item, I must say, but I sure didn't get the deal you did. You'll like the OM-1 a lot.

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    The OM Varimagni Finder is a fantastic accessory - right angle and 2.5X magnifier. It is very useful as it fits a lot of different cameras and brands. If you check the prices on the great auction site you will see that you scored huge just on that alone!

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    To find just a body including an angular finder seems a rarity to me.

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    When you decide you are in fact in love with it, send it to John at zuiko.com for a CLA and conversion to modern batteries. I have a huge stable of OM gear which includes all the single digit bodies and most of the Zuiko lenses. This week I'm shooting with an OM 1 and the Zuiko 28mm f3.5. Great cameras and glass.

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    Congrats!
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    My recent junk-shop store trip had a bit of the opposite. I saw a Minolta Maxxum 7000 hanging there for $32 (they sell for even less on eBay!) and a SRT-201 in a glass case for somewhere around $22.
    In life you only get one great dog, one great car, and one great woman. Pet the dog. Drive the car. Make love to the woman. Don't mix them up.

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    Sounds like a great find.

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    Well done! OM-1n is my main shooter along with OM-2. Agree that a CLA and conversion to take SR44 cells is a good investment. If you don't know already, the foam on OMs goes icky just like on all other cameras and while the foam in the film door and mirror buffers is easy to replace, there was also a wedge of foam under the top cover over the prism which degrades and irreparably takes the silvering off the prism. Shows up as blotches usually along the bottom edge of the view finder. Fortunately the prisms are the same as the (cheap) OM10 so not too big a deal to sort if yours is already bad. If not, and still looks good, but the door/mirror foams are sticky, I wouldn't hang around too long............

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