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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl Dunbar
    DON'T use an alkaline battery for any OM.

    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.
    Earl
    Earl:

    It's been my experience that the Alkaline batteries seem to work acceptably in the OMG, but not in other models that I have used (OM2S, and OM2N). They aren't my first choice, given their relatively small capacity, but their wider availability makes them a reasonable source of emergency backup.

    I wonder if the metering circuits in the OMG are fundamentally different, or if the battery check is different, or if I have just been lucky.

    By the way, I am not sure whether having an OM-1(n) is the entry into Zuikoholism, or just proof that we are full blown Zuikoholics.

    Bob:

    Sorry that the battery issue is such a downside for you. I wouldn't give up on the "G" yet though, because it really does complement the OM1 or OM1(n) nicely. If it's any consolation, before helping lure you into the fold, I nearly bought the camera you bought myself, although admittedly, mainly because of the lens (I don't have that lens, but I already have two OMG bodies). You could easily have paid more than you did for the lens alone.

    If you are looking for a manual body, the OM1(n) is preferable, because it's newer, but functionally an OM1 MD is very similar. If you use hotshoe flash, be sure to look for one with the appropriate accessory hotshoe. The OM1 MD takes one type (shoe 1), while the OM1(n) takes another (shoe 4) and they are not interchangeable. It is very hard to find new OM hotshoes (particularly shoe 4), because they are not being made any more, and because they are susceptible to cracking (people tended to either put flashes on them that are too big, or to tighten them too tight, or both).

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    I know where you are at.

    Quote Originally Posted by gnashings
    Again... glad I am not the only one... I need another 35mm SLR (especially in a system I dont have lenses for!) like I need a hole in the head...
    But guess who was surfing eBay...
    I have been tire kicking OM-1's recently and I am swearing next year, next year. I already have non AI Nikkor F mount, Leica M mount, Pentax M42 screwmount. and the Contax/Kiev what ever....so like you I am wondering why I want another lens mount? Well....I rationalise this is safer not cheaper than drugs.

    Bill
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    Oh....screw it I am OM-1 shopping next year. I am going to look around the Toronto Camera Show circuit for a decent body and lens. You are all bad influences on me

    Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bill
    Oh....screw it I am OM-1 shopping next year. I am going to look around the Toronto Camera Show circuit for a decent body and lens. You are all bad influences on me

    Bill
    You're very welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bill
    Oh....screw it I am OM-1 shopping next year. I am going to look around the Toronto Camera Show circuit for a decent body and lens. You are all bad influences on me

    Bill
    Bill: I will bring my OM-1n to the RFF meet on Saturday (tomorrow) and you can fondle it. It has a minor need for a CLA, but otherwise will be up to the task of seducing you.

    Earl
    Honey, I promise no more searching eBay for cameras.

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    Matt: That is interesting. It may be, then, that by the time the OM-G rolled around Olympus changed the circuit enough to compensate for the alkaline. Had I an OM-G, however, I would never place an alkaline battery in it.

    Earl
    Honey, I promise no more searching eBay for cameras.

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