Olympus OM-30 SLR camera (OM-F)

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    I had no intention to buy additional film cameras as I found film frustrating once accustomed with the immediacy of a dSLR. But I could not bypass the occasion of buying a perfect condition Olympus OM-30 (also called OM-F) for less than 20 euros. 7 euros later (five LR44 batteries) and a roll of film - I had a photographic gear in working order. I hope to report back soon on the quality of the obtained images.

    Perspective modified image of the camera obtained with the excellent Nikkor 24mm lens.

    Edit: Four years later I bought an Olympus OM-1n and an Olympus OM-40. Both provide easier access to manual settings (and are black!).

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    1. AbeDinMerbau 68 months ago | reply

      Beautiful piece. I would love to see the output as well.

    2. Friedel Callies 68 months ago | reply

      A real beauty. Like the design of this era very much. It need to be used.

    3. csaveanu 68 months ago | reply

      Thank you AbeDinMerbau and Friedel. I was lucky to find such a gem and the seller was a very nice guy too. I took some 20 pictures for the moment with it with a roll of Ilford HP5+ (400 ISO) and tomorrow I'll send the film to the lab to get it developed and get some high resolution scans to see how it performs (with great expectations).

    4. Iwantplaygitar 57 months ago | reply

      Nice camera. :o

    5. csaveanu 57 months ago | reply

      It produces excellent pictures, allows all manual control and has the aperture ring in front of the lens - easier than on any other brands. I don't like how it is turned on/off and the fact that you can not block the shutter button and it is very easy to accidentally trip it.

    6. Lyta22 56 months ago | reply

      Hi. My sister just bought this camera for her photography class. Now she tells me it doesn't work and is now borrowing from a friend. So now I'm trying to figure out this camera with no manual. Don't even know how to open the back to put the film in. ~sigh~ I've been able to to remove the lens and see inside to see what I believe to be the shutter as you've mentioned, half way up. You say above that it can be accidentally tripped. How is that? Complete novice here. Thanks for any advice and help given.

    7. csaveanu 56 months ago | reply

      Hi. You can download the manual from Mike Butkus's site (OM-F and OM-30 are different names of the same camera). Without the batteries, the mirror is locked in the upper position but there is nothing to worry about. Just put batteries and I hope it will be fine.

      Don't get me wrong - I find the OM-F/OM-30 an excellent camera, capable of the highest quality results. My best photo of last year was obtained with this camera and the outstanding standard Zuiko lens. The only thing that really bothers me is the lack of a locking system to impede accidental shutter tripping. But this is a minor annoyance, anyway.

    8. Lyta22 56 months ago | reply

      Ah, I see. That did thet trick. Thanks so much as well for the link for the manual.

    9. csaveanu 56 months ago | reply

      You're welcome. Good to know the camera works!

    10. diyarcade 54 months ago | reply

      Awesome OM-F and D40 get along so well :)

    11. csaveanu 53 months ago | reply

      Hi diyarcade - the OM-F is a nice camera and I love the compactness of the Olympus OM lenses (even if, for the moment, I have only one)

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