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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl Dunbar
    Ah, laz is now in our coven ... he's OURS, I say, he's OURS!!!!
    Not so fast. I gots me an OM-G with a metering screen stuck and a mirror that comes halfway up and stops.

    Maybe I'll be looking around for the OM haters no-can-use-group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laz
    Not so fast. I gots me an OM-G with a metering screen stuck and a mirror that comes halfway up and stops.

    Maybe I'll be looking around for the OM haters no-can-use-group.
    Check the battery(ies) ... I've not used the OM-G, but that's the first thing I would check.

    If John Hermanson is lurking around, he may be able to suggest what the problem is.

    Don't worry, you'll stick with us!
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    I agree. That's what they do when the battery runs out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woolliscroft
    I agree. That's what they do when the battery runs out. David.
    uh oh. Didn't even stop to think it was one of those cameras. That's the problem with youthful fantasies, you grow up and learn the ugly truth. My very first camera was a Yashica TL-Electro-X. When the battery died your shutter speed became fixed at 1/1000. Mine failed at some particulary inoppertune time (I can't remember what, maybe a flying saucer had just landed) and I've had a hate of I'm-a-paper-weight-without-a-battery cameras)

    Never even thought to wonder if my youthful dream camera was one!

    My 8x10 Korona works perfectly with a dead battery!

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    Nope, your dream is intact. If I recall correctly, you were dreaming of an OM-1. All that happens when the battery runs out on an OM-1 is that the meter needle stays at the bottom. I have often used OM-1's with no battery at all for night/astro photography, etc. As you build your OM collection you'll find that they each have their niche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceN
    As you build your OM collection you'll find that they each have their niche.
    LOL. Now you're dreaming! Anybody wanna trade a 1 for my G? (I'll keep the fast 50mm)
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    Quote Originally Posted by laz
    uh oh. Didn't even stop to think it was one of those cameras. That's the problem with youthful fantasies, you grow up and learn the ugly truth. My very first camera was a Yashica TL-Electro-X. When the battery died your shutter speed became fixed at 1/1000. Mine failed at some particulary inoppertune time (I can't remember what, maybe a flying saucer had just landed) and I've had a hate of I'm-a-paper-weight-without-a-battery cameras)

    Never even thought to wonder if my youthful dream camera was one!

    My 8x10 Korona works perfectly with a dead battery!

    -Bob
    I think it might still work on 1/60 without the battery. The OM-2 and 4 do.

    David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woolliscroft
    I think it might still work on 1/60 without the battery. The OM-2 and 4 do.

    David.
    Nope - that is one of the compromises with the OMG. It has the electronic control on all shutter speeds and OTF metering, but you need to have LR44 (alkaline) or SR44 (silver oxide) batteries (same batteries as the OM2n or OM2s).

    I always keep an extra pair with me, and use the battery check before each shooting session.

    The silver oxide batteries seem to last for a while.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing
    Nope - that is one of the compromises with the OMG. It has the electronic control on all shutter speeds and OTF metering
    Well just goes to show ya not to impulse buy! I will find me a OM-1 body for my perfectly fine lens. Guess I won't qualify for the club with only one camera and one lens.
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    DON'T use an alkaline battery for any OM. Only use the SR44 (or older 357s), except for the OM-1(n) which takes the discontinued PX625 mercury battery unless modified. I run my OM-1n on a hearing aid zinc-air 1.4v battery with a #9 o-ring to compensate for its smaller diameter.

    Alkaline batteries don't work well in OMs. Their discharge curve is such that as it weakens, you will get erroneous metering even though the battery check indicator tells you the battery is "OK". The SR44 discharge curve is flat until it drops completely.

    Bob: The OM-1(n) is a great camera, and is the real entry into Zuikoholism. And despite its dependence on batteries for shutter speed selection, the OM-2(n) will satisfy your desire to have an AE OM at some point.

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