I also had an OM-2sp for about a year, but I guess I was smart-enough to sell it before I had ANY problems with it. Unless you NEED automatic exposure, get yourself a OM-1n, as that is one excellent mechanical camera.
Aberdeen, WA USA
My film cameras are all Nikons
: F3HP, F4s, N90s, N8008, N8008s.
I love my 2 - OM2's - I never use the program mode. The Olympus system micro/macro rocks.
Originally Posted by John Hermanson
Thanks John. Saved me the money and probbly made me stay with Nikon
I have just the regular OM2 (I'm not sure what the difference is.) I paid $130 for the body & 50/1.8.
I'm not a fan of SLRs but the OM2 is nice to use: it's quiet, small and the optics are excellent.
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John's website may already have your answer :
Originally Posted by Galah
Originally Posted by MattKing
Thanks for the suggestion: I did follow up the link. However, it does not indicate what John's own preference would be vis-a-vis the two options, OM2 or OM2n, or why.
In essence, it would be interesting to hear from an experienced specialist repairer which -in his opinion- of the two cameras -on average- is the more reliable long term proposition.
What I hear, so far, is that the OM3's, and 4's (and above) have inherent design flaws that lead to longer term problems.
The OM1's have the issue of the "obsolete" Mercury cell.
That just leaves the various OM2's: which one of these is the more reliable/durable?
I think you may be overestimating the importance of the battery drain problems for the 2sp, 3 and 4 - at least in most cases.
The reason I say that is that the batteries involved - MS-76 or the various other applicable designations - are currently easily obtainable and via the internet cheap, and I would expect will remain that way. In addition, as they are silver oxide, they store very well.
For that reason, I would suggest that if you like the feature set on any of those cameras, then buy and use one.
As for the OM1s, I spent $30.00 or so for an adapter, and can now use my OM1n with readily available silver oxide batteries. John can either sell you a similar adapter (IIRC), or modify the OM1 or OM1n to the same effect (as can others).
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that John's answer to your question will be something like:
1) unless you need the extreme metering range of the OM2, than reliability will depend:
a) first, on what condition the camera is in;
b) second, given similar condition, how old the camera is (i.e. a high serial number OM2n will be more reliable than a low serial number one; a low serial number OM2n will be more reliable than a high serial number OM2, and a high serial number OM2 will be more reliable than a low serial number OM2).
When you consider this advice, you should remember that my advice is coloured by the fact that I recently sold my OM1 (with battery adapter), which means that I am down to just 5 bodies - 2 OMGs/OM20s, 1 OM1n, 1 OM2sp, and 1 OM2n.
With the cost of most of these cameras being what they are (the OM3 being a possible exception) you might want to consider buying an additional body like an OM1n to complement the OM2sp (which I would recommend you keep and use).
You will note that I have 2 OMGs - don't ignore the advantages of some of the Olympus "consumer" models. The OMG/20 is a refined version of the OM10 - light, very effective, and cheap - and has most of the design problems of the OM10 worked out.
Originally Posted by MattKing
Thank you for your careful and considered advice.
I already have: an OM2 (may need a CLA, "new" prism, adjusting the lightmeter -as it seems to underexpose by up to 2 stops- & new seals) to bring it to perfection, an OM2n (perfect), an OM10 with winder (honest wear & tear, but functions perfectly), and now an OM2sp (brought back to life, apparently), as well as a swag of OM lenses. I do intend to keep all of these for now at least.
It's just that -currently- there are available a silver OM2 and a black OM2n, both in apparently good working and cosmetic order, and I wondered -if I was to double up- which would be the better to choose.
Which do you think is the better model?
Hmmmm ... my 2c, for what it is worth outside of Australia ...
It would be a very tough call to make if I had to choose between two of my children and take either the OM2n or OM2sp. I have never had trouble with either of the 2sp's that I have or the 2n. If anything, the 2n winder is much smoother than the sp and its meter takes a bit of getting used to after using a 2sp/4/4ti for a while.
If I was forced to choose, I would probably take the 2sp if I thought that I might need a flash (it has a permanent hot shoe) and the 2n for other times. The only exception is if I am taking one as a backup to an OM4/4ti where I find it easier to switch between a 4 and 2sp.
As far as battery consumption goes, I get between 6 and 12 months out of a 2sp battery and always carry spares no matter what body I have ... batteries are very easy to get (I use SR44 for all my Oly bodies) and this has never been an issue on any shoot - although sometimes for fun I do take the batteries out of the 2sp/4/4ti and shoot a role at 1/60 just to practice what I would do if I did get stranded without any power (there is no facility on my 2n to do this other than on the "B" setting) ...
Both models are a joy to use and carry with a selection of lenses and anyone is likely to be equally happy with both.