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    A conundrum

    My last OM1 died this morning, The mirror will not return . I have had very good experiences with KEH both in equipment and repair. Problem to repair which would run in the neighborhood of $150 and wait for a month or get a OM1 chrome listed as excellent for $135.and have it in a week. I still have 2 OM-10s in working condition. If KEH overhauls the OM1 I will have in essence a new OM1 camera that in all likely hood will outlive me I’m 82 ….decisions, decisions

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    Repair and reuse. Good karma in that...
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    Repair it. As mentioned good karma. But a repaired and CLA'd one is much better than an old camera that has been "looked over" and still works even if it's "excellent". Use your OM-10s meanwhile.
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    John Hermanson is a highly recommended, active member of this site. He can give you good advice and do the repair if you decide to get your camera repaired.

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    With respect, karma isn't in play here. Practicality is, though. An OM1 isn't exactly new. There's also the merc battery issue with these. Some older SLRs can be refurbed; others can't. It really depends on getting a clear idea of what KEH actually does for $150--not all CLA/repairs are the same. With 35mm manual SLR prices at rock bottom for many brands, you might shop around for a newer Oly that suits you.

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    Get it repaired at least you know it is in great shape.

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    1) Repair the one you have
    2) Buy a spare from KEH so that you will have a backup and you will never have to wait during future downtime.

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    I use 2 Zinc Air giving me 1.33 volts each. Check batteries first.
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    I used zuiko.com for a similar repair and the cost was $40 lower than your quote. Shop around. It's worth it.

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    Zuiko.com has to be better at such a repair than KEH. (unless perhaps KEH subcontracts to Zuiko.com ?)

    If it were my OM1 there is only one person I would send it to, John Hermanson at Zuiko.com.

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