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  1. Allan Swindles
    Happy Christmas everyone. If Santa doesn't leave what you want, don't worry, just meditate on what you already have........OM..OM..OM..OM..OM..OM.
  2. Jim Baker
    Jim Baker
    Hi. I've just joined the group and would like to ask a question. Gary Reese produced an extremely useful set of Zuiko lens tests and published them on the net, but they do not appear to be accessible anymore -something about AOL closing its service. Does anybody know if the tests can still be accessed?
  3. Ken N
    Ken N
    The entire suite of Gary Reese Lens Tests are now available on the www.zone-10.com website.
  4. pthornto
    Hey everyone. I have a couple of OM-1's I've been using since I took a B/W photo course last winter. I really like how they handle and the fact they have such a big bright viewfinder. Just had one serviced and it's working better than ever. My wife gave me a Zuiko 28mm f2.8 for Christmas and am enjoying the new perspective in my photos. Problem is I'm now lusting after a 100mm f2.8 Zuiko!!! Might be the start of an addiction
  5. Ken N
    Ken N
    There are worse addictions to have. The 100/2.8 is definitely a must-have lens.
  6. MattKing
    Hello everyone.

    I just found out about this group.

    My OM addiction is more than a 1/3 of a century old.

    My first, a non MD OM1 I acquired in 1974. It served me well for quite a while, until I traded it in on a new OM2sp which I still own and use.

    Since then, the family has expanded a bit:
    OMG (aka OM20) - two of them
    OM2sp (as mentioned)
    As far as lenses are concerned, I started out originally with a 28mm f/3.5, 50mm f/1.8, 135mm f/3.5 kit. Over the years the kit has morphed into (all Zuiko glass):
    24mm f/2.8
    35mm f/2.0 (two of them - arguably my favorites)
    50mm f/1.4 (this one is my newest)
    50mm f/1.8 (sticky aperture)
    85mm f/2.0 (also arguably my favourite )
    75-150mm f/4.0

    I also have a Tokina 80 - 200mm macro zoom that I almost never used - it came with a body I wanted.

    I have two T20 flashes, one T32 flash, and a Metz 60CT2 with the appropriate adapter that permits OTF flash metering with the OM2s.

    Plus lots of nice little other bits.

    I guess I might need a support group .

  7. colrehogan
    Hi, just joined the group.

    I came to own an OM-1 in a rather strange way. A co-worker of mine said he was going digital (okay maybe it's not so strange) but brought in his camera/lens/instruction manual and accessories. He asked me if I wanted them, if not, he was going to throw them away in the lab. I took a look at the gear and my first two thoughts were, "Wow, what great shape this stuff is in. Heck, I'll gladly keep it out of the landfill!" So, I wound up with an OM-1, 50 mm lens and German instruction manual (co-worker is originally from Germany and bought it there who knows when) for free.

    I have since picked up a 35-70 mm, a 135 mm, and a 300 mm lens. It's a great camera.

    My problem is that I have too many 'great cameras'.
  8. brass majestic
    brass majestic
    Just won a 100mm f/2.8 Zuiko off eBay for $89. If it's as "good" as described, I think I made an OK deal. Not sure how much this lens is going for in general - I've seen one seller asking $225. Another sold his for $10 but it had some fungus issues. I had a bid in but was out bid and glad for it after reading that advanced stages of fungus could actually leave etch lines on the glass surface in spite of a thorough cleaning.
  9. Ken N
    Ken N
    Welcome everybody. Up to 41 now, I see. That 100/2.8 was priced about right at $89. If anything happened to mine, I wouldn't hesitate to spend whatever it takes to get another one--who cares what the going price is, as it is a far too valuable lens for me to not have.

    The OM-3Ti and OM-4T now have a lovely set of MD2 motordrives attached. With the 35-80/2.8, the OM kit dwarfs the E-1 with battery grip and 14-54.
  10. cooltouch
    Hi Folks,

    Just joined the group. I've owned a few Olympi over the years: OM-1s and OM-2s. Great little cameras. Currently I own a lowly OM-10 with manual adapter that I found at a yard sale for a few bucks. Came with a 50/1.8 lens and works great. I also own an XA, which is a hoot to use. I wouldn't mind getting another original OM-2. They're great cameras for shooting in ultra low light situations. Looks the the prices for the premium Zuiko glass are still holding in there, while the more common lenses can be had for reasonable. Any decent zoom recommendations, either wide to short tele or short to long tele?


  11. Prest_400
    Hey, just new around.
    I've got an OM1 MD and the slower (3.5 & 1.8) 28mm, 50m and 135mm trio; since Last October. Very happy with everything, love the compactness of all the pack. And the camera has a special feeling not found in *cough* D. cameras.
    Slowly expanding the collection; A T32 should arrive soon.
  12. Ken N
    Ken N
    Anybody know what is the difference between a Control Pack 1 and a Control Pack 2?
  13. Allan Swindles
    Allan Swindles
    M.18V Control Grip 1 The Control Grip 1 functions as power unit, pistol grip and control for the Motor Drive 1 or 2 and containing an M. 18V Battery Holder 1 that accepts twelve AA batteries.. It is attached by an instant Snap-On system secured with a foolproof double lock. It can be fitted directly to the Motor Drive 1 or connected by relay cord and used as a remote control unit. The rear selector dial indicates "SINGLE" and "SEQUENCE" modes and "OFF." It has a AUTO stop film advance feature after the last exposure. Spare battery holders are available, facilitating uninterrupted motor drive operation during long shooting sessions or for cold weather shootings. Relay Cord 1.2m and 10m is available for extended remote control.

    The Control Grip 1 also contains devices to automatically stop the motor after the last frame is exposed, prevent film advance during shutter operation, etc., and a release lock lever to prevent accidental shutter release. There is not much difference between the newer version 2 and Grip 1 other than cosmetic changes.

    • Specifications:

    Batteries: 12 x 1.5V Manganese or Alkaline penlight (AA) batteries DC 18V, or 12 1.25V rechargeable Ni-Cd penlight (AA) batteries, DC 15V.

    Capacity: Approximately 70 rolls of 36-exposure film with fresh Superpower Manganese batteries.
    Size: 32 x 87 x 136mm (1.26 x 3.43 x 5.35 in.)
    Weight: Control Grip only/130g (4.6oz.), M18V Battery Holder/30g (1.1 oz., 12 batteries/approx. 240g (8.4oz.)

    M. 18V Control Grip 2 Similar function as with the earlier version. It is a pistol grip type power/control unit that's quite popular for action motor drive but looks odd by modern standard. The Grip 2 snaps onto the motor drive unit instantly, and is kept in place with a foolproof double lock system. The trigger release can be locked to prevent accidental exposures. The built-in Mode selector is a rotating dial type with "SINGLE", "SEQUENCE" and "OFF" click stop positions. Solid-state circuit for automatic film wind stop after last exposure. The shutter release is a large trigger-type with lock lever. The shutter release on the motor drive, that can be used alternatively, is not influenced by the position of the Shutter Release Lock Lever. Grip 2 uses 12 "AA" penlight (Alkaline or Manganese, 18V; Ni-Cd batteries: 15V.) batteries for a power source. They are fitted in the M.18V Battery Holder 1, which slides quickly into the body of the Grip.

    Type: Non-slip, grip-type power unit for Motor Drive 2/ motor Drive 1.
    Batteries: 12 "AA" size batteries.
    Voltage: 18V (AA batteries)
    Battery loading: Simple loading with M.1 8V Battery Holder 1; provided with a button for attaching or detaching the battery holder.

    Motor drive attachment: Simple attachment with special mount; provided with a direct contact and a button for disconnecting the motor drive.

    Number of rolls exposed: About 35 36-exposure rolls with Motor Drive 2 and alkaline batteries; about 70 36-exposure rolls with Motor Drive 1 and alkaline batteries.
    Selection of film advance modes: SINGLE, SEQUENCE, and OFF by dial switch-over; endless dial with click stops.
    Release button: Large-sized trigger button with lock lever.
    Dimensions and weight: 32 x 87 x 163mm, 160g. (less batteries) (1.3 X 3.4 X 5.4 in., 5.6 oz.)

    Hope this is what you need.

    Regards - Allan
  14. Ken N
    Ken N
    Close. That was an excellent description on the Control Grips, but I have the Control Packs. I'm not seeing any visible external difference between the 1 and 2.
  15. Paul Jenkin
    Paul Jenkin
    I've just taken my OM2n to the camera repair guy to have some new light seals fitted. I'm also having the rubber 'grip' round the focus barrel on my 50mm/f1.4 glued back on.

    He's got a 75-150mm/f4 for sale. Bearing in mind that I'd be using it mostly for landscape and travel photography, is it a worthwhile acquisition? I'm really after a 100mm/f2.8 but, at less than half the price, the 75-150mm looks like a good deal. Any thoughts?
  16. Ken N
    Ken N
    If you look at the Gary Reese Lens Tests at http://zone-10.com/cmsm/index.php?op...=253&Itemid=97 you'll see that it is somewhat a pedestrian performer. However, in this specific test, he used the OM-1 which induces vibration even though the mirror is locked up, so I would improve his ratings across the boards by 1/2 to a full grade.

    There are many people who really really like the 75-150 and it is a good lens. Personally, I prefer the additional stop and bokeh that the F2.8 primes give me (especially the legendary 100/2.8), but zooms do offer convenience and options for landscape photography.
  17. Prest_400
    It's said that this zoom is sharp, but not very contrasty. I'd prefer the 100mm.
    By the way, what are the differences between the 85mm 2.0 and the 100mm 2.8?
    I feel the 85 would be a better focal for me (and do indoor portraits), since I've got the 135mm, perfect for the outdoor tele shooting I do.
    Has anyone here got the 85? If someone has it, I would be interested in read his/her opinion.
  18. Allan Swindles
    Allan Swindles
    Sorry Ken N, my mistake. Does this help?

  19. Ken N
    Ken N
    The 85/2.0 and the 100/2.8 are as close to identical as you can come. Main difference is price. Sharpness wise, the 85 is generally considered the sharper lens and slightly more "corrected", but based on my experience with the 100, any differences are minimal at best.

    The biggest consideration is in focal length. 15mm doesn't seem like much, but the 100 seems so much longer than 85, in fact it's almost 20% longer. (similar to the difference between a 24mm and 28mm or 28mm and 35mm). Some people get used to 85-90mm and 100 seems like a super-telephoto in comparison. For field macro work, I much prefer the longer focal length, but for general use involving people or events, the 85mm focal length seems a little more usable. I now have a 35-80 and the difference between 80mm and 100mm is substantial.
  20. Prest_400
    Before I bought the 135, I just thought it would go short for my tele photography. Wrong, I had a surprise when I first looked at the VF with it, way more long that I thought.:o

    The 35-80, that's a nice toy Ken . If I had it, I would not be able to take that jewel out, too scared to break one. If It was a 24mm shift (scary front element), It would be in a cabinet, safe of anything touching it.
    Also, I've read your OM3Ti review at zone-10 you mention some pages ago. Uhm, god.:o Would like to have one... But at the price of 12 OM1 bodies... 12 bodies= no more OM camera problems. If the OM3Ti is a car without air conditioning, the OM1 is a Land rover defender .

    If I was 15 years old at the year of the release of the OM3Ti, I could had enough time to save for one. But I'm born the same year as the OM3Ti (oh yes, there is an OM nut that young ). At 8-9 years old I was when Oly stopped manufacturing the OMs, could not have saved enough money to buy one! I've arrived to late!
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