Yeah, either OM-1 or OM-1n. What can I say about those gems...they are just beautiful. OM-2SP also impresses me. Hope one day I will have hands on Om-3 or Om-3Ti.
I had the choice between the OM-3 and OM-4 and allowed the salesman to talk me into the OM-4(sigh of regret). I would give up my oldest born male child for an OM-3Ti. I shoot three OM-1n's and an OM-4 sits on the shelf.
BTW: the big kid in my avatar is my hero, my son, who proudly serves us in the Navy. "SALUTE"
So would I Rick, but nobody wants to trade him, and they say that "things are only worth what you can get for them" , but seriously folks although I have never owned any Olympus OM gear but I used to sell a lot of it in my shop when it was current and it's exquisite like fine jewellery it's reliable and the lenses are first class, if I could be tempted away from the Canon FD system the Olympus OM would be the one that would do it.
Originally Posted by Rick A
As to the question about the 300mm...
The 300/4.5 is a very fascinating lens. It does not use internal-focus, so focusing isn't as quick and light as a more modern design, but that gives a pleasant trade-off as the bokeh is extremely pleasing and has no color fringing or donuty edges. The way the bokeh blooms, the lens acts as though it has an aperture far larger than 4.5 and is more like a 2.8.
The lens does exhibit a little purple fringing, so you will need to take that into account when photographing swans or something like that. For most wildlife and sports stuff, I'm using a Tokina AT-X 100-300/4 zoom which isn't as sharp wide-open, but is quicker to focus and doesn't fringe.
Excuse me, the purple fringe problem is usually only evident on crop-sensor DSLRs, not on film.
Where the 300/4.5 really shines is in portraiture. Man, is it beautiful. I Use it a lot on Four-Thirds bodies and it simpky rocks.
Nice pic of the farm, I'm envious. I'm slowly getting there though, currently owning OM1n. OM10,OM2n,OM20,and just snagged an OM40 for a reasonable price with a few accessories.
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couldn't agree more. I actually have the OM-1 in my bag as I was shooting today.
Everyone should handle an OM-1 at least once in their life.
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Ken, thanks for that information. I'm considering getting one. I am using the 200 f/5 at the moment which is sometimes not long enough for some sporting events. The closest I can get to 300 is using the 135 f/2.8 with a 2x teleconverter.
Originally Posted by Ken N
I really like my OM40, the 50mm 1.4 zuiko is quite amazing. Ive been searching for a nice OM4 for while. I just bought a junker om4t in the hopes to fix it, alas I have my work cut out, the service manual and parts list is ridiculous.
Lovely collection - Although an OM3 (ti) is on my wish list it remains there. One day perhaps, but in the mean time a mint OM1n picked up a while ago is such a satisfying camera. I used it recently for some zone system exercises I'm doing and fell in love again. My first OM1 was purchased new in 1978 and still elbows the newer siblings aside, it has a few dents but carries happy memories.
And Ken, your question... "When you turn your camera on, does it return the favor?" ... oh yes...
My personal OM herd runs to the following:
OM1n MD (film advance not working)
3 x 50mm F1.8
50mm f3.5 macro
T20, T32 and F280 flashes
The OMxx bodies don't get enough use but the rest is fairly well exercised and I love the feel of the whole system - so neat compared to DSLRs which are huge by comparison. OM4 and the fisheye are my current favourites.