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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)

Good Points
small form factor, solid build, designed to be a lifelong part of your photograghy, access to zuiko optics which rival leica at a fraction of the cost

Bad Points
the detachable hotshoe is as fragile as your grandmother's china.

General Comments
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 built to last through far more abuse than any of that plastic bodied stuff churned out week after week. I encourage you to go to any second hand camera shop, what you will see is shelf after shelf of plastic bodied slr's with electronic problems. They are essentially throw away cameras after about 7 or 8 years. If your battery dies will your electronic shutter still fire? The answer is no, but the om1n will keep on functioning. I could go on and on about the reliability and piece of mind one recieves by using an om1n (and many other old slr systems) but either you get it or you don't. One day you may come to realize what you have been missing out on but I doubt it. Oh well, all the more vintage precision camera gear for us model T lovers to buy at a fraction of the cost of that plastic junk.

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