The Olympus OM-10 handles amazingly easy, and yet, offers so many possibilities! You will want this camera!
When I first got into photography, I bought a lot of used cameras from second-hand shops, and sometimes I ended up buying a camera that I already had one of in my collection. This happened with the Olympus Trip 35. Suddenly, I had three of them! I love that camera, but I thought that it was a shame to have three of them, since there was really no difference between them. I always only used one of them.
Therefore I decided to sell the two others. I put them up for sale on a local second-hand web-shop (not an auction), and a guy from the same city replied to it. He offered me a trade.
Since I had bought the cameras at approximately €4 each, I figured they wouldn’t bring me any money anyways, so I decided to meet him to see what he had to offer. It appeared to be a classy leather-box camera-bag, containing an Olympus OM-10 SLR in perfect condition. It had a standard 50mm f/1,8 lens, manual shutter-speed adapter, a broken flash and a whole lot of cokin filters (without the proper mount though. I’m hoping to find one someday.). I think it’s from the early eighties, but I’m not totally sure on this.
I was amazed that this guy wanted to trade all this for two simple point & shoot cameras, but that was his intention. I guess he wanted something more simple.
Of course, I accepted his offer!
I put some film through it, and experienced how amazingly easy this camera is to shoot. It has a very accurate built-in light meter, with indicator in the viewfinder. You just set the aperture to the desired value, and it will automatically use the correct shutter-speed, according to the iso value, which is also set manually between 25-1600. Or you can read the metering in the viewfinder and set both the aperture and the shutter-speed manually, if you have the adapter.
The standard 50mm lens is great for portraits and general use and has a beautiful background-swirl. There’s no auto-focus, but the viewfinder is very bright, and it has a split-field focusing glass, so it’s really easy get accurate focus.
After shooting the first roll of film with it, having confirmed that the condition of the camera was just as good as it appeared to be, I felt like trying to use it with a flash. I had heard that using the wrong type of flash on an slr could damage the camera or the flash, so I searched the web, and asked for help on a local forum for analog photographers.
One guy told me that I could basically use more or less any flash, but if I was interested, he wanted to sell me the flash that originally came with the camera. He also had some extra lenses for sale. So, that’s how I ended up buying a gorgeous 28mm f/2,8 wide angle and a 100mm f/2,8 tele for it! I didn’t pay much for them, around €60-70, I think. I didn’t buy the flash, since I wanted to use my Diana Flash with it instead.
The 28mm lens is an amazing street-shooter and also brilliant for landscapes, concerts and stuff.
The 100mm lens is also a great portrait lens, but of course, great for any occasion where you need to get a little closer!
Just remember to be careful with the shutter-speeds if you shoot handheld. A good rule of thumb is to never use shutter-speeds slower than the focal length of your lens. i.e. with the 100mm, use 1/125th or faster shutter-speed. With the 28mm, use 1/30th or faster, and so on…Of course, this is just a rule of thumb, some people are better at keeping a steady hand than others, and sometimes you would want a blurred image on purpose.
My advice if you get the chance: GRAB ONE OF THESE! It’s a relief to use a camera that is so easy to use as this one. You don’t have to think about too many factors, but still have every option to use it fully manual, with all the creative opportunities this gives you.