If faced with this question, I would base my decision on:
1) what flash equipment I already have (and what shoe is on the camera(s); and
2) if flash doesn't matter, I would chose the OM2n, because it is newer, and therefore slightly more refined (very slight differences) and slightly less likely to be worn out.
In my case, I have a bunch of shoe 4s, and I have T32s, T20s and a Metz 60CT2 with Olympus adapter, so the flash considerations would cause me to choose an OM2n.
Thanks for your insights, bpaties, it is always pleasant to share an interest!
Originally Posted by bpaties
Last edited by Galah; 07-02-2009 at 01:51 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Thanks for persevering with me, Matt.
Originally Posted by MattKing
Currently, I have no OM flash equipment, preferring to use "available light' with my OM's.
However, when I do need to resort to flash, I generally use my (very nice and easy to use) Olympus iS1000 ( http://zuserver2.star.ucl.ac.uk/~rwe.../is-series.htm ), which has both an excellent on-board as well as an excellent accessory flash (the G40): both of which are able to work collaborately together at the same time, and results in very satisfactory exposures, although it does rather make me feel like Buck Rogers.
Yes, all in all, the OM2n does seem a very good choice.
I've had my OM-2S for 23 1/2 years now and other than the ISO selector dial being flaky (common dirty-contacts problem every OM-2 numbered body has), it has performed flawlessly. It's due for another CLA (third one), and it'll be good to go for however long I still shoot film. It already has over 100,000 pictures taken on it.
My take is that the OM-2S is ultra-reliable if you have one that has proven to have worked over a period of time. What is happening, though, is that you'll see pristine OM-2S bodies for sale which look nice and everything, but the electronics may be either dead or almost ready to die. There was an "infant mortality" with the OM-2S and if a camera was to fail it would most likely fail within the first 50 rolls. As mine has had over 3000 rolls run through it, I'm pretty confident that it'll stay working. As "closet queens" owned by gear-heads or "I bought it for that vacation to Yosemite back in the summer of 1985", most of them have been lucky to have more than 10 rolls of film ever run through them. I consider those "high risk".
I did have the flash circuit replaced in mine. The visual indication that this has been done is that the in-viewfinder flash-ready light is red instead of green. This revised circuit changed the powering of this flash-ready light from the camera's internal batteries to the flash itself. There is voltage present on the hot-shoe pins and this voltage is used, by the revised circuit, to power the indicator light. This was a HUGE improvement in in-camera battery life for me, because of the amount of TTL-OTF flash I used.
One extremely important note about batteries. The OM-2S MUST use silver-oxides, not alkaline or lithium batteries. The OM-2S does not tolerate the voltage drop of the other batteries.
Even though I now primarily use the OM-3Ti and OM-4T(i) bodies, the OM-2S' control layout and ergonomics is superior.
Last edited by Ken N; 07-02-2009 at 04:20 PM. Click to view previous post history.
In my ON 2SP, some of the sections in the display don't work anymore, making it difficult to use.
Apart from that, great camera.
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Originally Posted by Ken N
Ken, thanks for your insights.
Thanks for responding,QG .
Originally Posted by Q.G.
"... it skips frames ..."
"The spot meter function isn't as advanced as ..."
"... auto exposure doesn't have the incredible range that ..."
"program mode is pretty basic ..."
"... tends to easily show brassing."
"... need a good source of silver oxide batteries, because the camera really doesn't ever turn off."
"... electrics/electronics in the camera are [...] unrepairable ..."
"... had a couple die on me ..."
"If the circuit dies, the camera is dead."
"... the battery problem was a PITA ..."
"... malfunctions of the viewfinder light and the battery charge testing circuits ..."
"... some of the wind gears [...] and the whole camera jams up."
"... the ISO selector dial being flaky ..."
"... the electronics may be either dead or almost ready to die ..."
"... did have the flash circuit replaced in mine."
"... some of the sections in the display don't work anymore ..."
But apart from that, great camera!
Hey, don't knock it... On all the cameras I've had, I've occasionally had to replace batteries and film!
Originally Posted by Q.G.
(And they all temporarily jam when the they reach the end of the film)
M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa
Add that to the list.
... and still a great camera!