I have had an interest in photography since I was at school and began to develop and print my own black and white photos. Over the years I have owned and used a number of cameras, my favorites however were ‘a design classic’ and having now sold them I miss them!

I am referring to the Olympus OM series of  35mm cameras.

I was lucky enough to be a student at a time when we actually received a grant from the Government. Somehow (despite living in the bar) I managed to save enough in my first year to buy an Olympus OM1n – my love affair had started.

Olympus OM1

The OM1 was small but perfectly formed, very solid but capable of fitting in your pocket with a small standard lens. Over a period of years I built up a full range of  lens’ from wide to telephoto and a large amount of the flash system – the first to accurately meter through the lens – fantastically accurate exposures.

Later I added two further bodies;

An OM2sp which allowed me to make maximum use of the flash system and was as small as the OM1.

Olympus OM2SP

An OM3 – a camera that todays point and shoot photographers would not understand. This was a fully manual camera but with massive capability to override exposures. I loved this camera and it was the only one that could replace the OM1 fully.

Olympus OM3

Subsequently I made the decision to go digital and sold my 35mm kit – frankly a big mistake as my Olympus digital SLR is not a patch on my OM system cameras. However that was a few years ago and things appear to be improving in the digital world.

E-P1 with it’s elders

I  moved to the new micro four thirds system – the Olympus Pen (E-P1) in 2009 and haven’t looked back.

It’s small form is very reminiscent of my OM1, and it’s build quality is excellent, a pocketable camera again?

Results are very good, it’s ability to produce good quality results in poor light is also very impressive.

I didn’t think that I would find something to replace an SLR, but I am very happy with the Pen. Image quality and size being the biggest thing.

I have used the Pen for a couple of years now and love it, the results are amazing and it is so small! I can take a full kit of camera body, two zooms and a prime lens, plus a flash gun in a bag half the size of my old DSLR case (which just held the camera and one lens!) But it had to happen – there is a new kid on the block, and OM-D EM-5, purchased in late 2012 this is a camera so reminiscent of the old OM1 that it makes me very happy! It also takes amazing quality photos and is solid as a rock! It wasn’t cheap, but it is a thing of quality and beauty!


Hopefully this will see me on my way to building a full Micro 4/3rds system with good quality prime lenses for years of happy photography!

4 thoughts on “Cameras

    f0rg0tt3n said:
    July 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    you had some good camera sir . . .

    martysalo said:
    July 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I am a great fan of photography as well, I’ve had a number of digital cameras. Mostly panasonic Lumix cameras, inherited as hand me down cameras from my mother who hands down her technology when she gets a newer camera. I did buy a Nikon s8100 camera recently, and I bought an ipod touch, 4th generation, I must say that I like the small take it with you nature of the ipod.

    Raisp said:
    July 9, 2012 at 1:50 am

    When my dad bought a old house, we moved in and found a treasure box. In it we found Olympus OM1n. I wanted to know where I can find a how to use guide, or if you have any tips on how to use it. Thanks!

    An early Christmas treat….. « Simon Dare's Blog said:
    December 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

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