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    If you are wearing out FM's and F100's then I am afraid that, nice as they are, Olympus cameras will probably not stand up to your usage. I have both a brace of OM2n's with a large selection of lenses and F2/F3/F4/FM2 Nikons and so have some basis for making a comparison between the systems. The OM's are quite frail compared to the Nikons - but that should be expected with the Oly's being famous for being light and compact. If you were looking for cameras for travel or hiking I can't think of much more suitable cameras than OM's.

    If you already have a selection of Nikon lenses then it would make financial sense to stick with Nikon. There is also the saying "Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don't."

    If you stick with Nikons I would suggest you limit yourself to lightly used professional grade Nikons.

    Going by KEH prices you can pick up a Nikon F3 for $264, F4 for $349 and an F5 for $449 - all in EX condition. You should be able to get 25% or more off for a private sale unless the seller offers the same return privileges as KEH. Hardly outrageous prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    If you are wearing out FM's and F100's then I am afraid that, nice as they are, Olympus cameras will probably not stand up to your usage. I have both a brace of OM2n's with a large selection of lenses and F2/F3/F4/FM2 Nikons and so have some basis for making a comparison between the systems. The OM's are quite frail compared to the Nikons - but that should be expected with the Oly's being famous for being light and compact. If you were looking for cameras for travel or hiking I can't think of much more suitable cameras than OM's.

    If you already have a selection of Nikon lenses then it would make financial sense to stick with Nikon. There is also the saying "Better the Devil you know than the Devil you don't."

    If you stick with Nikons I would suggest you limit yourself to lightly used professional grade Nikons.

    Going by KEH prices you can pick up a Nikon F3 for $264, F4 for $349 and an F5 for $449 - all in EX condition. You should be able to get 25% or more off for a private sale unless the seller offers the same return privileges as KEH. Hardly outrageous prices.
    The F100 isn't worn out, it's just to big and obnoxious. The FM and FM2 were bought used, and I have no idea on how heavily the former owners had been using them. Both models shutters hung up, and haven't been willing to play nicely after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olleorama View Post
    do you see the shutter speed and aperture on both models?
    Er, in the viewfinder I mean
    You do with the OM-4, but I find that a distraction. If you are proficient with your camera you should know where you are speed and aperture wise and just shoot. I always know where I set my camera when it comes up to my eye, and can adjust up or down and know where it is set after adjusting. I dont need my camera telling me what I did, thats for neophytes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olleorama View Post
    do you see the shutter speed and aperture on both models? Er, in the viewfinder I mean
    Models of what?

    OM2's don't show the aperture - The aperture ring is at the nose end of the lens so Nikon style viewing is out. OM2's only show the shutter speed in auto mode, in manual you just get a centering needle. A PITA if you are used to Nikon's displays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick A View Post
    You do with the OM-4, but I find that a distraction. If you are proficient with your camera you should know where you are speed and aperture wise and just shoot. I always know where I set my camera when it comes up to my eye, and can adjust up or down and know where it is set after adjusting. I dont need my camera telling me what I did, thats for neophytes.
    Tsss, now you're being elitistic. I like to see the information if it's displayed in a good way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olleorama View Post
    Tsss, now you're being elitistic. I like to see the information if it's displayed in a good way.
    Not elitist, just second nature from having an OM-1 hanging off my face for so many years
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    Quote Originally Posted by puderse View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    Models of what?

    OM2's don't show the aperture - The aperture ring is at the nose end of the lens so Nikon style viewing is out. OM2's only show the shutter speed in auto mode, in manual you just get a centering needle. A PITA if you are used to Nikon's displays.
    I meant the Om1 and OM4 rick A was writing about.

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    More suggestions!

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    Try some new kenko analog cameras

    http://www.kenkoglobal.com/cameras.html

    They have k-mount, F-mount....
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