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    Is it worth it?

    Someone is selling an OM-1n with 55 f1.2 and 100mm 2.8 Zuiko lenses for £100, trouble is I phoned the woman and she knows little about cameras, I managed to determine over the phone that the camera is probably working ("pull the leaver and press the button does it go clunk?" "yes") I asked her too look through the lenses up to the light and it didn't sound too promising, she said she could see a few "cobwebby things" trouble is it's nearly an hours drive from here, is it still worth going for a look because of the cheap price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajuk View Post
    Someone is selling an OM-1n with 55 f1.2 and 100mm 2.8 Zuiko lenses for £100, trouble is I phoned the woman and she knows little about cameras, I managed to determine over the phone that the camera is probably working ("pull the leaver and press the button does it go clunk?" "yes") I asked her too look through the lenses up to the light and it didn't sound too promising, she said she could see a few "cobwebby things" trouble is it's nearly an hours drive from here, is it still worth going for a look because of the cheap price?
    Without any other data I would say save the gas or in your case save the petro.

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    Seems a little high to me. I got an OM4 for not much more than what she wants for an OM1n. Also, be aware that the OM1 takes mercury batteries which are no longer around. However, I should confess that I have an OM1 and I love it. One plus is the zuiko lenses are simply fantastic and pretty cheap these days. I would keep looking. There is sure to be a bargain out there somewhere. Have you considered an OM2 - both auto and manual exposure modes?

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    I more interested in the lenses TBH I have plenty of Zinc air batteries to fit an OM-1 although I would probably sell the camera.

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    I've driven further to look at something & not bought.
    There's nothing like handling the merchandise.
    The lady may be describing fungus, she may not & you won't know if you don't look and besides if she's that honest with you on the phone she will take less if the lenses do need a CLA.
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    Yeah I mean if they are aright I will have the bargain of the century there is a 55mm 1.2 on ebay with an asking price of £310 and once recently sold for £270 the 100mm recently went for £170 and an OM-1 is worth about £50-60 I think.

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    Maybe they are actually cobwebs .

    I'd go for the drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajuk View Post
    ...trouble is it's nearly an hours drive from here...
    Take a camera and "make a day of it".

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    You don't say if one or both lenses have the 'cobwebby things'? but at that price its worth going for a look. If they both do have fungus maybe you could explain and offer less or even break up the package and take the items that you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galah View Post
    Take a camera and "make a day of it".
    I was going to suggest this as well.

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