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Olympus OM-10

Olympus OM-10

Olympus OM-10 was introduced in 1979 as the first camera in Olympus OM "two digit" series. Because of the small size, stylish design, friendly pricing and known Olympus quality it became one of the most popular Olympus models. It is a typical 35mm single lens reflex camera with electronic control, automatic exposure and focal plane shutter. As a basic consumer model it has only the Aperture-priority Automatic Exposure but it is still able to take advantage of the whole (almost) Olympus System accessories. The OM-10's circuits are powered by two 1.5V alkaline-manganese or silver oxide batteries. Without them, the shutter will not function. With the Olympus Electronic Flash T32 (or T20) camera turns to a auto flash mode. When turn the flash off, it reverts the camera to AE photography mode. The flash ready light is visible in the viewfinder.

To an OM-10 Owner: (from OM-10 Manual)
We appreciate very much that you have acquired an OM-10, a camera designed to allow you to take good pictures automatically and with the greatest ease. The Olympus OM-10 is a single lens reflex camera of the finest quality in which the automation of photographic functions has been made possible by employing the most advanced electronics. To its acceptability of Olympus interchangeable lenses, a special film winder, a flash, and a host of other accessories are added to make it a complete system of photography. With the OM-10 you can gradually widen your enjoyment of the photographic art. We sincerely wish that it will become for you a source of unending satisfaction. To this effect please read this instruction manual carefully be fore using the camera, so that you may be sure of taking correct, beautiful pictures every time you use your OM-10.

The Manual Exposure Adapter was provided as an option and with it, it is possible to set shutter speeds from 1 sec. to 1/1000 sec. When photographing fast moving subjects, when there is a possibility of camera shake, or when you want to capture the subject in its natural tones no matter what the illumination may be, this accessory proved to be very useful and you may guess, that it was also the most popular accessory (except the flash) to the OM-10. With an electronic flash T32 or T20 and the Manual Adapter attached on, the flash unit automatically synchronizes the shutter speed of the camera. True or not but there is a warning in the camera instruction book which says: "If an electronic flash other than the T32 or T20 is used with the Manual Adapter, sometimes the shutter is not released at the speed you set on the Adapter due to the noise of the flash." Anyway, like it´s "big brothers" the single number OM cameras the two digit OM-10 has proved to be a reliable instrument even in the hands of the serious amateur.

So Little Money has never bought so Much SLR


Film Format : 24mm x 36mm
Type: :TTL auto-exposure 35mm SLR camera
Lens mount : OLYMPUS OM Mount. About 50 different Zuiko interchangeable lenses.
Shutter : Electronically controlled cloth focal plane shutter. Manual exposure: B, 1 - 1/1,000 sec. with adapter.
Synchronization : X type contact, hot shoe.
Automatic exposure control : Aperture preferred automatic exposure control electronic shutter type. TTL Direct Light Measuring System, center-weighted average light measurement. Measuring range: ASA 100 from F1.2, about 60 seconds to F16, 1/1,000 second.
Programmed Automatic Exposure : TTL direct, measuring range : approximate. -5 EV ~ 18 EV , 50mm F 1.4
Manual exposure : With a Manual Adapter
Self timer : 15sec. delay
Metering system : Olympus direct metering in body. Full aperture center weighted metering.
Measuring range : EV1.5 - EV17 (ASA 100 with F 1.2 standard lens).
Film speed Setting : ASA 12 - 3200

Olympus OM-10 (black)

To gain more professional look a black version was also offered. It has the same problem as most of the black cameras. Compared to chrome versions the black body shows often much more marks of use. I was lucky enough to get this black item. It looks like new and brings only one problem to me. I don´t want to use it because of the pristine finish. Specifications are exactly the same. Some OM-10 cameras are marked : OM-10 QUARTZ, marking is not only for the commercial reasons thus the noun quartz was "cool" in early Eighties.

Actually there was more to it than just giving the camera a "cool" name! OM10 Quartz had a hard-wired databack - the equivalent of the Olympus Databack 3, available for the single-digit models at that time. (THX to John Orrell )

OM 10

Oly adapter
Power source : Two 1.5V silver oxide batteries Eveready S-76
or equivalents or alkaline manganese batteries LR 44
Viewfinder : Pentaprism type finder.
Finder view-field : 93% of actual picture field.
Reflex mirror : Quick return type (without lockup).
Manual film advance : Lever type with 130° angle for one long
or several short strokes, pre-advance angle 30°
Exposure counter : Progressive type with automatic reset.
Film rewind : Rewind crank
Weight : 430g , body alone
Dimensions : 136 x 84 x 50mm, body
Olympus OM707

Olympus OM707 (1986)

The first and last Olympus autofocus SLR. As you can see the Sigma Mini-Wide lens is not an autofocus lens. This combination was on the table of a local rummage sale. The camera is not working. The shutter release push button was poked in with force. This could be the only fault.
I made a quasi-repair to get it look better in the picture.

This camera is excellently introduced on the Unofficial Olympus Pages (external link)


Olympus Evolt Kit

Logo E-500 (2005)

A long waited "new"E-1 was changed to a beginner model E-500 (Evolt in U.S.A.) Announced in September 2005, the E-500 was the world's lightest interchangeable lens SLR body. It is equipped with an 8-megapixel CCD and an excellent dust reduction system.
E-500 is the third E-Series digital SLR from Olympus. My choice was a two lens kit and this is what I got:

  • The 8.0 effective Megapixel Olympus E-500 camera body
  • 14 - 45 mm, F3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital lens
  • 40 - 150 mm, F3.5-4.5 Zuiko Digital lens
  • BLM-1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
  • Battery charger, BCM-2
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • A/V cable
  • CD-ROM featuring Olympus Master software
  • 215 page camera manual
  • Plenty of pleasure and satisfaction (except the rather high noise level with high ISO settings.)

Unlike the previous E-300, the E-500 is a conventionally-styled digital SLR. Camera body material is fibre reinforced polycarbonate and steel. The camera supports both xD and CompactFlash memory cards, which were not included in the kit. An 8 Megapixel CCD sensor (Mfg by Kodak) which measures 17.3x13mm (Max 3264 x 2448 pixels) conforms to the FourThirds format.
So, the 14 - 45mm kit lens with this factor (2) gives you a 3x optical range equivalent to 28-90mm on a 35mm camera. The E-500's powered by a single Li-Ion battery pack, rated at 7.2V 1500mAh. Although E-500 can take 400 shots per charge when it's time to recharge It takes a sluggish five hours to fully charge the battery.

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©2008 Reijo Lauro