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Olympus OM 1 - My First SLR

The Olympus Om 1 is a very user friendly SLR, compact and good quality that won't let you down.

My stepfather bought this camera when he was young, now 30 years later i am using it and it still works fine. It was in his time (mid seventies), one of the lightest and compact SLR cameras. It also was one of the best performing 35mm SLR cameras of that time. It’s also very easy to use. The light meter is a needle with a plus and minus symbol, The lens got a maximum aperture of 1.8 which gives my photos a nice blurred background. You can set the aperture on the end of the lens. The shutter speed is set at the lens mount. I got my first photos just developed and I’m very happy with them.

written by thomasheylen


  1. comezone


    great gallery!

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  2. breakphreak


    I have the same cam, being very happy with the shots. Just one question - I've heard that it has some "tricky" implementation to support multiple exposure - is that right? Have you explored this feature by chance?

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  3. stouf


    Sweet shots !

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  4. grrrrrr

    @ breakfreak - make sure the film is tight in the camera by giving the rewind knob on top of the camera a slight clockwise turn. take the first shot. then when you wind on the film hold the rewind knob on the top in place & also flick down the 'R' dial on the front of the camera. that will mean the shutter is ready to fire again but the film hasn't actually moved. feels like you need about 3 hands to do this at first but you'll get used to it. grrrrrr :-)
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  5. falsedigital


    Really great gallery!

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