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    A quick Olympus OM-4ti question

    I have the OM-2 which I am very happy with, but I keep forgetting turning it off so batteries keep dying on me.
    Am I right that on OM-4ti I do not have to turn it off?
    (If I am right I will start looking for one.)

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    I am reviewing my OM4T and unlike the OM1 or OM2, there is no "off" switch per se. You can put the shutter selector on a manual speed and the metering will not activate at all. Otherwise, pressing the shutter will activate the meter even with the film advance all the way in but I am sure the LCD makes a minimum drain on batteries.

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    If you can judge exposure a bit by guesstimation, trust the camera to do its work, you don't have to switch the OM 2 on, and then there is no risk of forgetting to switch it off.

    The metering system will be switched on jump into action the moment you release the shutter, so if you can judge the situation, know beforehand that in a given situation, at a given aperture the shutter speed will be in a 'usable' range, you can do without the viewfinder meter that requires use of the on-off switch.

    Don't know about the OM 4T specifically (i forgot...) but do know that i took the batteries out of OM 4 cameras at the end of every day using them. If i did not, they would be flat the next time i needed the camera (even if that would be the next day). Despite putting the shutter speed ring to blue B.

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    Q.G. I understand that some OM4's may exhibit excessive battery drain but that it is before the OM4T and/or internal component failure. I can't even remember when the last time I changed the batteries in my OM4T and it is still good to go.

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    This is off topic. But wasn't the OM4t one of the nicest cameras all time.

    I never owned one, and they never were very popular in Canada but they seemed so nice. I remember seeing a 180mm F2 at a News Photographers Convention once and falling in love with it.


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    I think the camera turns itself off after 2 minutes. I know that I rarely have to renew the batteries in mine.

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    At some point during the OM4's history the circuitry was updated so that it would automatically shut off after a minute or two and not drain the battery. If you set the selector switch to "Battery Check" and it shut offs after a few minutes the camera has the new circuitry. I believe all OM4Ts have this updated circuitry, but I don't know for sure.

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    I don't have to turn 'On' or 'Off' my Olympus OM-4T
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    Buy an OM-4Ti, you will never regret it and you won't have to worry about switching it off, but then the OM-2 is only MAN/OFF/AUTO, surely not that difficult to remember.
    I'm into painting with light - NOT painting by numbers!

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    Since the camera is very dependent on it, battery life is certainly a consideration for acquiring an OM4T. Notwithstanding circuitry failure, I think it's spot metering (mine is accurate as a Sekonic 758DR) and certainly the best aperture priority metering of any manual camera that I have especially for very long exposures.

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