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“Possibly one of the best manual-focus SLRs any money...”

Written on: 01/09/2001 by John Orrell. (1 review written)

Good Points
The OM4ti is very well built; good range of high-quality used lenses and accessories; best multi-spot metering system in the world; will probably last you a lifetime

Bad Points
New ones are overpriced for what they offer; 1/60th second flash-sync is jurassic; dedicated F280 flash not as good as cheaper rivals but is the only way to break that 1/60th second limit; Olympus has all but given up support for the very range of cameras (OM) that made them famous.

General Comments
Possibly one of the best manual-focus SLRs any money can buy, the Olympus OM4Ti offers a performance, durability and build that puts to shame modern plastic SLR wonders.

Its multi-spot metering system has never been bettered by anyone. Its titanium housing makes the camera very light and robust. In terms of durability, it will probably out-live silver-halide film, just as used OM1s out-lived the mercury batteries their meters needed. Such is the quality of products from this company...

But the flies in the ointment are that it is ridiculously overpriced as a new product (at least here in the UK), some of its features are now dated (ok we can live with 1/2000 maximum shutter speed but 1/60 flash-sync is surely someone's idea of a joke) and Olympus itself appears to have all but abandoned OM support.

Would I recommend it to a complete stranger? No. I don't know what a stranger's priorities would be. I would recommend one of the auto-wonders from Nikon/Canon/Pentax/Minolta instead, because with these more up-to-date SLR cameras a good photo is but a click away. With the OM4Ti, you have work at it a bit. It's a thinking man's electro-mechanical masterpiece, for photos that don't have to be rushed.

Having said that, I will never swap it and it will probably be the last silver-halide camera I will ever buy.

Now, if only Olympus would pull a digital back out of the hat with a 24mm x 36mm CCD; wow that would be something...

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