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  1. Uncle Bill
    Welcome Ken,

    Been busy with the rest of my life. It has been a little quiet out there in OM Cult land.

  2. Allan Swindles
    Allan Swindles
    I haven't managed to aspire to an OM-3/4Ti as yet, although I am still looking for the 'right' one. I am favouring the OM-4Ti I think but I'm amazed at the wide fluctuations in prices, and yes, I do realize that there was an OM-4 which eats batteries, but that's not in the equation. I have seen prices in the UK ranging from around £200 for a body, described as Exc.++ to others as Mint - around £600. My current particular area of interest is in macro photography using the T28/T10 Flash units and the OM-2N body. I have resisted 'taking the plunge' as yet because I have since learnt that the TTL/OFT flash metering is still centre-weighted as is the OM-2/N, which would give me no advantage for flash work and the spot and multi-spot modes only operate in daylight settings. I still want one though!
  3. Ken N
    Ken N
    I would suggest that the "right one" is any OM-4T(i) which isn't completely trashed. My 4T is definitely a "user", but functions perfectly. The 3Ti, which just came to occupy my camera bag was as near perfect as they come. But both are somehow in a league of their own. I loved the OM-1/2 bodies, but my axe of choice for 20 years was my OM-2S. I had an OM-4, but the 4Ti feels different--the weight/balance is slightly different thanks to the titanium top/bottom plates Not sure which is "better", but they definitely feel different.

    The metering system in the 3/4(Ti) series is worth the price of admission.
  4. Uncle Bill
    Uncle Bill
    I had an OM-4 and loved it until the shutter speed ring developed some very serious issues that would cost more to fix than whay I paid for the camera. I would love to get an OM-4ti at some point as I loved using the spot metering.

    Until then I am content with my pair of OM-1s and OM-2n.
  5. Uncle Bill
    Uncle Bill
    Anyone use third party lenses with their OM system? I have a Kiron made Vivitar Series One 70-210 F3.5 Macro which while great glass, I mean killer glass, it looks almost silly on an OM-1 but I love it.
  6. Ken N
    Ken N
    Every lens manufacturer has their own "look" or "signature" characteristics. These go beyond specifications. If comparing "sharpness", lenses like the S1 are exceptional. The S1 lenses are typically very heavy, but well constructed. You really cannot go wrong with them.

    My personal third-party axe of choice has been the Tokina AT-X series. I had owned a 35-70/2.8 which I really, really liked. I mistakenly sold it during a spate of "Zuiko Only" years. These days, I have a full bag of Zuiko optics, but I have a Tokina AT-X 100-300/F4 lurking in there.

    I've bought and sold a few Soligars through the years. Every single one suffered from horrible Chromatic Aberration.

    These days, other than the Tokina, I'm firmly in the "Zuiko Camp". I particularily love the "look" that Zuikos give me. My pictures just look different than what other people get. But then, I'm also rather particular about the generation of lenses too. Other than a 24/2.8 and a soon to arrive 35-80/2.8, all of my lenses are silvernosed.
  7. Uncle Bill
    Uncle Bill
    I have a "chrome Nose" Zuiko 50 f1.4 and it has a special look I love for shooting people and in the city. I have a later MC 50 f1.8 I prefer using for landscapes and in the country.
  8. mtnbkr
    UB, I had the same lens and I agree it had a nice look, especially for low light portraiture. In a moment of idiocy, I sold it. The 50 1.8 isn't bad, and is probably better overall, but doesn't have that same special look for certain situations.
  9. Uncle Bill
    Uncle Bill
    Funny, with my Nikon Ais kit, I have both a 50 f1.4 and a 50 f1.8 and I use the 1.4 for shooting people and in urban environments. Rural shooting has me reaching for the 1.8, again it depends on the subject matter. Both lenses are highly regarded in Nikon world. The Zuiko 50 f1.8 is a bit of the latchkey kid of the lens line, I have had great results from it and when I am out for a hike, every little bit of weight saved is a good thing.
  10. Ken N
    Ken N
    One lens, which I regard as my "normal" lens is the 35/2.8. I've been particularily fond of the silvernosed variety. The bokeh of this lens is positively 3D. However, the newer black-nosed, multicoated 24/2.8 is definitely superior to the older variety.
  11. Allan Swindles
    Allan Swindles
    Well I've done it. I've just bought an OM-4Ti Black body from an ebay seller. Described as near mint, pics. look good so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Despite what is said of buying off ebay, I have had perfectly fair dealings with all but one seller. At £349 it seems like a very reasonable deal. I sincerely hope that I'm not disappointed. It was a difficult decision, but as I already have a very comprehensive range of OM equipment it just seemed the right way to go.
  12. Ken N
    Ken N
    Oh, you are going to enjoy that 4Ti. Especially since nowadays we have adapted our thinking to the "histogram" of our digital cameras, the OM-4Ti's multi-spot metering becomes even more viable as a "bridge technology".
  13. Dark_Mist
    just a hello from a newbie from Australia. I currently have an OM 4Ti that I use with various Tamron SP lenses. Just sold my mint OM1 to a friend who was desperate for a reliable manual 35mm SLR but I'm always on the lookout for a good OM3 though.
  14. Ken N
    Ken N
    Col, welcome.

    The Tamron SP series is outstanding. I know the 80-200 2.8 ED lens is a world-class optic!
  15. Allan Swindles
    Allan Swindles
    My black OM-4Ti body arrived today. Wow! I thought my 2N was good. Now all I need is the time to get to know her. I think I'm already in love. Got a date this coming weekend.
  16. Ken N
    Ken N
    Allan, congrats. I'd run a $1 roll of film through it from a discount store and have it processed only. (again at the same discount store). No need to be fancy, just shoot it right there in the parking lot. Don't have them cut the roll. Look for light-leaks and general exposure attitude on the roll. This entire process will take about 30 minutes.

    One feature I've recently gotten to appreciate is the highlight and shadow buttons.
  17. nsurit
    Hello, my name is Bill . . . and I'm a Zuikoholic. I either own or have owned most of the Zuiko glass and have all the single digit OMs other than the 3 T, however I think Ken N is going to send his to live with me. My first OM was purchased in the late 70's and my "go to" body is the OM 2S.
  18. Ken N
    Ken N
    Bill, I don't think you could even tempt me with the 7-14. You have no idea. Well, maybe you do, since you have the OM-3. Think OM-3 crossed with an M7.

    Now, for those who don't know, Bill says he has "all the single digit OMs", well, he's not exaggerating. He must have 30+ bodies all in working order. This cat also knows how to shoot, he ain't no poser.
  19. Allan Swindles
    Allan Swindles
    I can't be that far behind, an original OM-1 non MD, two 2's, a 2N and now a 4Ti and lots of lovely Zuiko glass.
  20. Ken N
    Ken N
    OK, I'll bite. Maybe this is a means of getting some dialog going in this group. Current stable: OM-2S, OM-4T, OM-3Ti, IS-3, E-1 with 14-54 zoom, Minolta A1, 24/2.8, 35/2.8, 35/shift (loaner), 50/3.5, 100/2.8, 200/4, Tokina AT-X 100-300/4 and a myriad of accessories. In the mail is a 35-80/2.8 and who knows what else. Have owned in the past: OM-1md, OM-2md, OM-4, IS-1, two Yashica GSN cameras, and too many lenses to count.

    I actually use everything and if I leave the digital stuff out, it all fits in a single 300EG camera backpack bag, otherwise I'll pick one or two items to stay behind or migrate to a standby bag and I'll carry the E-1 with two OM bodies along with the lenses.

    My wife says I have too much stuff.

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