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.