Olympus OM2N
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5 Frames with the Olympus OM-2N – by Matt Krajewski

June 6, 2020

I was wondering if I should write this post, as there is so much information about Olympus OM series in the internet? Well… In the end, I decided, why not? I have watched and read countless number of videos and reviews about every camera from this family. I own 10 OM cameras, and anytime I see one at a decent price I buy it.

I bought my first OM2N with lenses and a leather case for just under £25. Yes, that was few years before film camera prices went through the roof. After the first roll of film I completely fell in love with the OM2N.

It is such a beautiful camera, light, compact (in SLR terms), very capable and easy to use. With not much experience, this beauty will do most of the work for you, and will deliver. However as any camera out there, depending on the user, it has some flaws. For me, the aperture control at the end of the lens is ideal if you are shooting aperture priority. The shutter speed control, well not so much in my opinion. For example, compared to an older Canon EF where you can just use your index finger to flick through the speeds, the OM cameras are a little more tricky to use. But hey ho, you can’t have everything, and for me, there are more pros than cons to using an OM2N.

I took my Olympus everywhere with me for some time before I’ve started using some other cameras from my unreasonably extending collection. It was a real joy to use, making me feel like I’m real photographer for a while. Many of people were actually stopping me and asking with curiosity about it when I was out shooting.

Maybe it’s not used at the moment, and it will take some time before I’ll reach for it again, but the Olympus OM2 has a special place in my heart.

Please, have a look at what I consider my favourite OM2N photos.

Barcelona Park

Barcelona road signs

Lady in red

Street portrait

Fynn

How sharp is Zuiko lens?

Eric

Eric – sadly not with us anymore

Matt

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    ed
    June 6, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    The images appear slightly-off focus; might be a scanning issue vs lens/camera mis-focus?

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      Pure.amateur
      June 6, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      I’m presently sure the last two are pin sharp.

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    DeeDee
    June 6, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Beautiful set of images!

    • Reply
      Pure.amateur
      June 6, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you DeeDee.

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    Dave Haynie
    June 6, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    The aperture at the end of the lens and the shutter speed at the base of the mount (ringed around the lens, for those unfamiliar with the OM series) made perfect sense to me. Particularly before you could read aperture or shutter speed numbers in the viewfinder. You could tell your shutter speed based on the position of the knurled grips on the shutter speed ring. Ok, I only own 6 film OM-series cameras, and started out with the OM-1 as my first serious camera in the mid 70s. I think there’s a rejection to a better way of doing things all the time, from those who learned the old way.

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      Pure.amateur
      June 6, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      Oh I’m addicted to the OM series and all Minoltas. You are right the shutter speed ring can be great ..once you are used to it. I personally shoot most of the time on Aperture priority, and OM2 is ideal for that. OM1 unfortunately lacks of this option, but I think it has the nicest looking top plate out of OM series.

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      AlistairH
      June 8, 2020 at 11:04 pm

      I was going to say just the same thing!

      The shutter speed knob on the top of the body was not there for egonomics, but because it controlled the tension of the spring the drives the shutter.

      The shutter speed control on the OM bodies is exactly where it should be, allowing the right hand to work the shutter release and wind on, and the left hand to do all of the picure control – aperture, focus and shutter speed.

      Although the shutter speed is not displayed in the finder, I know exactly what speed my OM-1 is set to because I can feel where the ring is positioned. That cannot happen with a button on the top plate!

      I still have the chrome OM-1 and silver-nose 50mm lens I bought new in 1976 and it still works (although the one I use day-to-day is a later black OM-1n MD). Back then, a chrome one cost £199, and a black body added £20, which I could not afford.

      Since 1976, countless Nikons (F2, FE, FM3) a few Canons (A1, F1) and lots of others have come and gone, but it is the OM-1 that has always been my favourite and has never been sold!

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    AmDe Sidik
    June 7, 2020 at 1:48 am

    Its normal we’d be hooked by what we like, Olympus lens never fails me even if its dirty….Thnaks

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      Pure.amateur
      June 7, 2020 at 8:19 am

      I agree. Olympus lenses always deliver. I love 135mm 2.8…but not much in use unfortunately.

  • Reply
    Mikey Kay
    June 20, 2020 at 3:21 am

    Lovely portraits!

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