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“Olympus OM1n”

Written on: 08/07/2013 by kdned (1 review written)

In the mid 70's I was a Wedding Photographer and switched from a pair of bulky but excellent Mamiya 330 F TLR's to a pair of Olympus OM's - one OM1n & an OM2n. As most wedding photos of the Bride & Groom are posed, I would use the OM1n with a Western Light Meter to ensure perfect exposures. I tended to use the OM2n as a backup set on Auto for speed particlurly for group shots. For precision photos, my preference was always the OM1n and to this day in 2013, I still have my orginal OM1n and it… Read Full Review

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“I bought my OM-1N in 1977 and it has been in constant...”

Written on: 09/02/2011

I bought my OM-1N in 1977 and it has been in constant use since then. Most of my photography is done outdoors, and it has been exposed to all manner of weather, been dropped, kicked, and sat upon. It has been completely reliable since 1977. I have the 28 mm f3.5, 50 mm f1.8, and 200 mm f4 lenses. All three are great lenses; the 200 is exceptional. I've used the mirror lockup a lot doing longish exposures, and was able to get pictures on one trip when I forgot to change a dead battery. If… Read Full Review

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Written on: 10/01/2011


I accidentally fell into the Olympus system after a string of trouble with the digital Nikons and Canons. I worked predominantly with the nikon Fm2 and I cannot claim that Olympuses OM1N is better or worse when in fact they are about the same. I do admit mild adoration at its size, and accept the strengths of some of the optics, although I dislike the 100mm 2.8 I love the 24mm 2.8. My gut reaction is that the older Nikons (F F2 Fm2) have and edge but I cannot see that in the darkroom… Read Full Review

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“Olympus OM-1 is a masterpiece. OM Zuiko lens give...”

Written on: 15/10/2010

Olympus OM-1 is a masterpiece. OM Zuiko lens give results same as Leits… Read Full Review

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“I have had my OM1 for 30 years and despite ownership...”

Written on: 19/05/2010

I have had my OM1 for 30 years and despite ownership of Canon DSLRs and Leica M6's it is still my favourite camera. The machine has not been abused but has been used hard and it has never once failed or let me down. Digital photographers will hate it because there are few controls and you have to think like a photographer to get your pictures - consequently you may end up taking fewer shots but they will be of far better quality. In my opinion the build quality of the OM1 is far better than the… Read Full Review

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“I have had my Olympus OM1-n for over twenty years and...”

Written on: 09/12/2009

I have had my Olympus OM1-n for over twenty years and has never ever let me down on picture quality or any mechanical failures. As its not an automatic point and shoot camera it does take a time to get use to all its features, but once mastered,its an absolute joy to use. Its very lightweight structure but sturdy and reliable features make it the most reliable camera ever produced in my veiw, and its overall contours makes it the most balanced and compact design, and the other cameras just dont… Read Full Review

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“The Olympus OM1n is solid compact slr w/ good glass...”

Written on: 01/06/2009

The Olympus OM1n is solid compact slr w/ good glass available… Read Full Review

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“The Olympus OM1n is my all time favorite camera, aside...”

Written on: 30/01/2009 by NPZuiko (1 review written)

The Olympus OM1n is my all time favorite camera, aside from the OM-3 which is prohibitively expensive. Fantastic design, size and function. Never lets one down even in the most extreme circumstances (cold or hot weather). A fantastic and easy to use workhorse that never seems to fail. The simple meter is more than adequate for the most demanding jobs, and the light weight and size make this a joy to carry on a regular basis. It is a real shame that Olympus discontinued these and that the drive… Read Full Review

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“This old work horse never fails. A true classic....”

Written on: 01/01/2009 by twag (1 review written)

This old work horse never fails. A true classic. Discovered photography using the OM. It was small and compact before anyone knew what a compact was. Long live Olympus, well recommend the OM1n… Read Full Review

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“The Olympus OM1n is one of the finest 35mm camera's...”

Written on: 13/09/2008 by GV889 (1 review written)

The Olympus OM1n is one of the finest 35mm camera's ever made. Small, light, compact design, low noise, bright viewfinder md option… Read Full Review

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“In my opinion its far, far beyond the equivalent...”

Written on: 29/12/2007

In my opinion its far, far beyond the equivalent Nik/Canon offerings. Lovely optics, tough as old boots. A proper traveller's camera… Read Full Review

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“The Olympus OM1n is my first SLR, except for one that...”

Written on: 05/11/2007 by garfield peardrop plickhead (1 review written)

The Olympus OM1n is my first SLR, except for one that auto focussed, which I didn't like and consequently sold on ebay. I have taken some very good pictures with and would strongly recommend it to someone, like me, who is just setting off and learning… Read Full Review

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“I have owned the Olympus OM1n since 1982 when I...”

Written on: 16/05/2007 by petermcp1999 (1 review written)

I have owned the Olympus OM1n since 1982 when I purchased it while still in high school. Through the years I have photographed, family, friends, weddings etc. and almost all the pictures came out perfectly. Currently working with computers has prompted me to purchase a digital camera and while there are many benefits and ease to digital photography, I have returned to a true classic and good friend the Olympus OM 1n 35mm SLR… Read Full Review

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“I love these Olympus OM cameras. ”

Written on: 20/01/2007 by JPESSIQUE (1 review written)

I love these Olympus OM cameras.
Some people told me, why don't you use modern digital camera ?
I have bought one of these, I never use it now I have rediscovered all the possibilities of the OM1n.
My digital cams (one Canon DSLR, one Panasonic bridge) are collecting dust on a shelf.
I cannot even hope to sell them one fifth of the price I paid for them. !!!
Digital stuff takes snaps and is worth nothing the minute after you have bought it because they turned out 3 new versions since you… Read Full Review

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“Although, they say the Olympus OM1n camera is nice and...”

Written on: 21/10/2005 by cfitzarl (1 review written)

Although, they say the Olympus OM1n camera is nice and light and small, to me it seems too small and compact for comfort. I owned this camera and immediately returned it… Read Full Review

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Bunnycat's Response to 214517_cfitzarl's Review

Written on: 20/04/2010

I found this review not helpful because this person rated one star based only upon a personal ergonomics issue. This review is therefore not valid as a general review of this camera body.

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“When I recently travelled to the Philippines I wanted...”

Written on: 23/07/2005 by andres bonifacio (2 reviews written)

When I recently travelled to the Philippines I wanted to take a camera that would be easy on the shoulders and would not fail me. My Nikons and Contaxes were too heavy, and my Leica needed servicing (otherwise, it fits the bill). That left me with my 20 year old, recently-serviced OM1N. What a great picture-taking tool!
This camera is light, quick, quiet and totally reliable. It's metering is old-fashion (center-weighted Cds only), the shutter speeds only go 1-1/1000s, and there is no exposure… Read Full Review

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“The Olympus OM1n is an awesome camera, very durable. ...”

Written on: 08/04/2005 by photodrew (1 review written)

The Olympus OM1n is an awesome camera, very durable. Even after the unfortunate incident of the camera falling into the water while on a boating expidition it still worked perfectly after it dryed out. Too bad I can't say the same for the lenses… Read Full Review

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“Olympus OM1n - The OM series led the way to smaller...”

Written on: 13/09/2004 by andrew brown (1 review written)

Olympus OM1n - The OM series led the way to smaller cameras, yet were packed with features and solidly engineered. The 3 I have must all be 25 years old at least, all bought secondhand and all in fine condition and will probably last another 25 years at least!… Read Full Review

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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)

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… Read Full Review

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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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“Phil, I mean no disrespect but I beg to differ with...”

Written on: 06/04/2003 by Rob. (1 review written)

Phil, I mean no disrespect but I beg to differ with several of your criticisms. Are you willing to sit on the edge of your couch and let your new camera drop to the floor? Not that I would drop my om1n on purpose but I know it would survive. With the newer cameras you would be left with a several hundred dollar electronics bill. That is what we mean by the old model T build. They were built to last real world use over many years. Also the zuiko optics still rival anything made today and are… Read Full Review

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145110_Randall's Response to 86507_Rob.'s Review

Written on: 25/02/2004

This isn't a camera review, it's more like an argument over old vs. newer cameras. Not very helpful in rating the camera. And who the heck is 'Phil'?

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