Secondhand Love Affair: Double Love Affair with Olympus


It isn’t easy to find a secondhand camera for sale in Reykjavik. I got lucky twice. Both times in local flea market. I proudly present you my two lovers: experienced Olympus OM-10 and handsome Olympus LT-1.

I bought Olympus OM-10 in spring of 2011 in Reykjavik’s flea market. It looked so serious and promising that 62 euros seemed a fair price.

photo via pbase

Olympus OM-10 was my third camera. I already had Zenit ET and Horizon Kompakt when I bought it. There were some jealousy scenes, but in the end all cameras became friends. It always felt good to take photos with OM-10. It’s easy to use and results always made me happy.

Credits: lighthouse_keeperess

Even though I liked this camera a lot, I gave it as a present to my friend Ieva. She was always admiring OM-10 and I felt that she needs it more than I do. If you ever come across OM-10, don’t hesitate and buy it. I have never regretted buying one and it will always be in my heart.

Credits: lighthouse_keeperess

In September of 2011 in the same market I bought Olympus LT-1. It was so cute and cheap (6 euros) that I even didn’t check if it works. I had to feed it with new battery and since then it works perfectly.

photo via Collection Appareils

LT-1 is handsome and stylish. It has a synthetic leather flap which covers lens while camera is not in use. It looks like a pretty clutch. These are the reasons why this camera found a place in my heart and bag immediately.

I visit flea markets quite often and I really hope that in the near future I’ll get lucky once more. Sometimes I dream of the huge flea markets in other countries that are packed with used cameras, but then I realized that the reason why I love my cameras so much is: a man always appreciates things more when they are hard to get.

Thrift stores are treasure troves for vintage-lovers. Do you have something from a thrift store that remains close to your heart? Share your ‘Secondhand Love Affair’ stories with us by submitting an article and check out our requested posts for this month for more Piggies!

written by lighthouse_keeperess on 2012-02-10 #lifestyle #market #flea #used-camera #om-10-olympus #lt-1-findings


  1. dagmik
    dagmik ·

    wonderful photos and well-written

  2. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Nice article! I enjoyed reading it, and how nice of you to give away your camera to your friend! I hope she takes as nice photos as you did! :)

  3. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    Love those pictures from the OM-10

  4. sommer
    sommer ·

    love the pictures! great article!

  5. franty
    franty ·

    Best article i've read here on lomography in a LONG time. And great shots as well. I have an Olympus OM-G (it's very similar to the OM-10) and i love it.

  6. kelly_panda
    kelly_panda ·

    The OM-10 was my first camera and I love it dearly. This is a great article, I really enjoyed it and looking at the photos you've shared. The LT-1 looks great as well!

  7. megsshelly
    megsshelly ·


  8. sharp
    sharp ·

    Thanks for the great article. I've been to Reykjavik and to the flea market. What a super deal. Wonderful images. The LT-1 looks like a beauty as well.

  9. simonh82
    simonh82 ·

    Great article and lovely photos. The OM 10 is a great camera especially with the manual adapter. I hope tour friend likes it.

  10. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    really nice article. i love the photos!

  11. marjanbuning
    marjanbuning ·

    great piece, My first camera a Olympus Om 30 It was first my dad's camera. OM Camera's are so great they always work!

  12. ginny
    ginny ·

    I have an OM-10, which is actually my mom's, and it is great!

  13. nuhdos
    nuhdos ·

    I love you photos ! I've been thinking about buying the om10 but I can't choose, because I like a lot the nikon fm10... but is more expensive than the olympus.. And the Olympus LT-1 is so CUTE, I didn't know it !

  14. adam_g2000
    adam_g2000 ·

    Great article, you need to finish your trilogy with an Olympus Trip 35. Keep an eye out for one of those - you'll love it.

  15. elvismartinezsmith
    elvismartinezsmith ·

    very nice article! I have myself a XA4 and love it!

  16. dannyedwards
    dannyedwards ·

    I bought my OM10 in summer last year, I love it. I saw one for sale in an antiques centre so I searched the lomography website for images - I came across yours and I loved them so much that they convinced me to make my purchase so thankyou for that! Lovely article & gallery.

  17. zatto
    zatto ·

    Fell in love with Olympus LT-1... :)

  18. flashstalker
    flashstalker ·

    Olympus LT-1 sooo cuuuteeeee!! ^_^

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