Olympus OM system cameras

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Cameras, photographers or equipment.

It’s also a look back at the 31 years I used the Olympus OM system given the uncertain future of Olympus cameras at the moment.


Olympus OM system cameras

My first Olympus camera, an OM1 purchased in 1976. When I added an OM2n in 1980 this OM1 became my black and white film camera. Utterly reliable unlike some later OM system cameras.


Olympus OM system cameras

An Olympus OM4T I purchased used in the late 1990s. A big mistake, it soon developed the shutter problem I was so familiar with having owned an early OM4. If the OM4 wasn’t in the repair shop for new circuit boards it was in there for a new shutter. I gave up after multiple replacements of both circuit boards and shutters.


One Word Sunday


I thought I would take a light hearted look at the One Word Sunday prompt Olympic.

Mainly because when I was thinking about the prompt I remembered this photo of five Olympus cameras I took for a blog post about my 44 years of using Olympus cameras. Then I realised that the five cameras were sort of arranged in the pattern of the five Olympic rings.


One Word Sunday: Olympic


Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 27th April 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of months to a couple of blog posts about my 44 years of using Olympus cameras.

Lying in this hospital bed trying to come up with an idea for this week’s Monochrome Monday it occurred to me that the group shot of Olympus cameras would be an appropriate monochrome conversion. The Olympus OM1 back left spent much of its working life loaded with black and white film. I then added a film type border in Snapseed.

Monochrome Monday: 27th April 2020




Photo Challenges

Fan Of… Olympus Cameras

A contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #54 challenge and a ramble about some of the Olympus cameras I have used over the years.


Fan Of... Olympus Cameras

A trio of my Olympus OM system cameras, fom left to right, my OM1 from 1976, my first OM2N from 1981 and my OM4T from 1998. I gave the photo an old fashioned film look with Snapseed as it seemed appropriate.


trees in snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

An early photo taken with the OM1 in late 1976 or early in 1977. Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire. I had previously taken a very similar shot with my Zenit E camera but something happened to the negatives so I had to reshoot the scene the next time there was snow.


Fan Of... Olympus Cameras

One of the last shots I took using the OM system. Canada Day fireworks on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario on Canada Day 2007. Taken with a telephoto lens from nearly a mile away.


Fan Of... Olympus Cameras

44 years of Olympus cameras. The back row consists of the three OM system cameras in the first photo. The front row is, on the left, my E-410 from 2007 and on the right my OM-D E-M10 Mark II from last year. The photo was given a Polaroid type border with Snapseed.


Friendly Friday: Sunrise.

The fourth shot taken with the Olympus E-410. The Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton at sunrise. The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River is also visible in the Canada Day fireworks photo above.


Spring colour on the South Bruce Peninsula.

The sixth shot taken with the OM-D E-M10 Mark II. I was still on crutches after my accident and had only been out of rehab for about a week. One of the few photos taken with the kit lens that came with the camera.