Alright. Chugging along, this week I’ll be shooting the venerable Olympus OM-1 with one of my last rolls of Neopan. This is camera is one that I particularly like, but haven’t shot with much. Part of the appeal of the camera is that it reminds me of the Pentax, but much more refined. The film winding is smooth; the shutter sounds great; there’s little mirror slap. Just very well-dampened motion all round. I only have a single OM-series lens so I’ve not shot with it nearly as much as I’d like. Despite having owned it for around 5 years, this is just the second or third roll with it!
I picked up a really nice, black Olympus OM-1MD (optional motor drive) with a supposedly terrible 50mm f/1.4 (which looks surprisingly good to me) on eBay for around 75 bucks. It is a very small camera, roughly as tall as my Leica M2, despite sporting a pentaprism hump. It is a much smaller camera than my Pentax Spotmatic (my erstwhile go-to manual film SLR) and yet has a much larger and brighter viewfinder. Now I know why the OM series has such ‘rabid’ fans!
The camera has a working meter, which is unfortunately slightly off (it underexposes slightly. Or overexposes. I can’t remember which), but will work in a pinch. The winding mechanism is buttery-smooth (not in a Leica-esque I-can’t-feel-the-gears way, but very nice nonetheless). The wind lever does this weird thing, whereby after winding the film, it can sometimes still be moved through the whole winding motion without engaging the gears. I stress the word ‘sometimes’, because it usually functions normally (i.e. like any other film camera, that has a built-in stop preventing motion after film winding). That’s probably just my camera though. You can’t win it all!
Here are some pictures I took with the camera.