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When i was growing up my father had a Olympus OM 1. I remember thinking it was the coolest camera i had ever seen, and i still think it's the coolest camera i have ever seen.

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My brother uses it now and it has never failed it’s been in service for about 30 years and its still going strong. You would be lucky if your digital camera lasted 3 years the amount that thing is used. A few years ago i purchased my own one, the md model in black. Its got scratches and dents but it still works perfectly, i have taken it everywhere and i tend to wrap it in a jumper in my holdall so i don’t have to take a camera bag with me when i go away. Its so compact and tough it really is amazing. Mine cost me £25 on ebay so they are not even expensive, and some of the lenses can be picked up dirt cheap as well. Do your self a favour get one!

These are part of the hugely popular (in the 70s and 80s) OM range, they were designed to be the most ergonomically designed compact SLR cameras at the time and to this day they probably still are. It can run film speeds of 25 to 1600 ASA. The light meter is very simple to use with just a simple plus and minus symbol and needle. I also like the way that the shutter speed is adjusted from the lens mount and the aperture from the end of the lens, its just a very user friendly SLR.

written by thomasstephen

14 comments

  1. stouf

    stouf

    Greece ! Very nice shots ! I use to go to Greece every summer, but not this one. And N°10 almost made me cry... It's reminding me so many things... Anyway ! Great review !

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  2. dogma

    dogma

    Nice! love the cat in shot #5 :)

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  3. adbigmilk

    adbigmilk

    Nice shots, Love the #4 !

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  4. mattcharnock

    mattcharnock

    beautiful camera and great gallery! camera!

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  5. kuasimudo

    kuasimudo

    amazing camera!!

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  6. mattydk

    mattydk

    swwweeeet shot. Love it.

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  7. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Great gallery. I got its brother, the OM10 as my first camera and I love it. As you can tell from your gallery these cameras take great shots.

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  8. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    Wonderful review and photos, especially #'s 5, 7, and 8. Cool!!

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  9. hithereilikeyourwork

    hithereilikeyourwork

    i have a OM-2s, yes i do beleive olympus is pretty good, i had to pay a arm for a full frame fisheye as they are kinda rare but why bother i guess when you could get a lomo one, the neat part was the built in filters in the lens
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  10. umberrella

    adorable... I own a olympus om-1 right now and I am researching what kind of lenses I can use on it.
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  11. zark

    zark

    Simply a killer gallery! Love it!

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  12. zark

    zark

    Simply a killer gallery! Love it!

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  13. welland

    welland

    Ive just bought an OM1 can't wait to get to grips with it

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  14. welland

    welland

    Ive just bought an OM1 can't wait to get to grips with it

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