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George Beyer.'s review of Olympus OM1n

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“It's great to have a trip down memory lane from time...”

Written on: 13/06/2003 by George Beyer. (1 review written)

Good Points
Well-designed
Excellent optics

Bad Points
No longer made
No parts available
Used lenses are expensive and getting scarce

General Comments
It's great to have a trip down memory lane from time to time, which is what most of these reviews involve. And there's no disputing that the OM-1 was a very good camera in its day, although there are cameras with a lot more available nowadays. The real problem is that new buyers have a right to know the facts so they don't make a mistake:



1. This camera is no longer available, and used versions have seen lots and lots of use at this late date. Which means $125 at least for a CLA and check by a good camera shop.



2. Lenses are no longer manufactured and those that are still around and are usable (not broken, not full of haze or fungus, not scratched or loose) are expensive as collectors pursue the remaining good examples.



3. No parts are being made for these old cameras anymore. Olympus completely abandoned the 35mm SLR market. So you might buy something on ebay & find you have an expensive paperweight for lack of parts.



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Guest's Response to 107126_George Beyer.'s Review

Written on: 27/04/2012

1. Yes, this camera is no longer made but a good number are available on eBay in good to excellent condition. I know I just got two OM-1n's on eBay.

A good CLA from a good camera repair shop like Camtech($110) which includes the integration of the step-down battery diode for the metering system and you're good for another 25 years.

2. Yes, these lenses are no longer manufactured but I just got a 50mm f/1.4 a 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 and a 75-150mm f/4 all in excellent condition for reasonable prices.

3. True, no parts are being made for these old cameras anymore but there are still parts available.

I paid $80 for an OM-1n on eBay and I paid another $30 for an OM-1n for parts, turned out to be just as good as the $80 OM-1n.

But "an expensive paperweight for lack of parts?" I think that's much more the exception than the rule.

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