Olympus OM 707 (known as OM 77 in US). Help please!

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Steve Cole, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. Steve Cole

    Steve Cole Guest

    Hello group.

    I have come across a box of old camera equipment and am interested in
    getting some use out of it.

    It consists of the following:

    OM 707 camera
    1 OM system Zuiko 28mm lens
    1 OM system Zuiko 50 mm lens
    1 OM tele converter 2x
    1 Tamron CF Tele Macro lens 80-210mm
    1 Yashikor TelePhoto 1:4 lens
    1 Yashikor Wide Angle 1:4 lens (I need to get a ring to be able to fit these
    Yashikor pieces to any of the lenses)
    1 Ensinor Mirror Lens 1:8 (Again, this is not compatible with anything else)
    1 Cable release plunger

    I have done quite a bit of reading up on all this lot and, being very, very
    green to film photography, I am floundering a little. I have already run off
    one film whilst swapping the lenses around and this is in the lab right now,
    so I won't see the outcome of this for a couple of days yet.

    What I'm after is any advice or tips you guys could give me to get me set up
    and operating with the above. As you can see, the original auto focus lens
    is missing, but my research strongly suggests that this is a blessing as the
    OM series lens make the camera worthwhile.

    I am interested in using the cable release to get some funky shots, but I
    don't think that there is any way that I can do this. Does anyone know

    Also, I have come across the term "aperture preferred AE" in reference to
    what the camera does when fitted with the manual OM lenses, but I'm not
    altogether sure what this means...

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Steve Cole, Jan 9, 2007
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  2. Steve Cole

    dj_nme Guest

    The three lenses and converter should work perfectly with your body.
    Tamron makes some good lenses.
    I'm not sure what you mean.
    Are these M42 (screw mount) lenses that requires a M42 to OM adapter or
    are they adapters that screw onto the filter ring on a camera lens?
    If thet're M42 lenses, then you may not be able to use it successfuly on
    the OM body, because the aperture won't be coupled to the stop-down
    lever and all exposures will be at the widest (smallest number) setting.
    Mirror lenses only have a non-adjustable aperture (f1:8 in this case),
    so it should work OK if you can find an adapter (assuming that it's an
    m42 lens) to fit it onto your camera.
    Always handy for long exposures, assuming that it fits on your camera.
    I'm not an Oly user, but the Zuiko lenses have been described as some of
    the best manual focus lenses around.
    If the cable release has a threaded end, then I don't think it will fit
    your camera.
    There might be an electronic release cable that has a plug that you can
    buy which can fit into a socket somewhere on the camera body.
    This just means that the auto-exposure changes the shutter speed to
    match the lighting while leaving the aperture setting alone.
    The aperture is set manualy.
    dj_nme, Jan 10, 2007
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  3. Steve Cole

    Steve Cole Guest

    Yes, I've read a couple of positive things about the Tamron. Looking forward
    to getting to grips with it.
    These are screw mount, and I think I need to get a 'step up ring' (?) for
    them. I don't think these have apertures within them, they're just lenses
    that go on top of the proper lens, if you know what I mean.
    Again, I think I need the relevant ring for this. Saying that though, I
    think this lens may have had it. It looks very dirty inside, like mould!
    This is exactly what I want to do. However, I do not think there is any
    interface on the camera body for it. I also get the impression that I cannot
    alter the shutter speed manually, which nixes the idea anyway unless you
    know different? I reckon I'll invest in another OM body, one that takes the
    cable release. I've seen them on ebay for a few pounds.

    Yeah, thanks for that. That one bit of knowledge was really stumping me.
    I've got a better understanding of it all now. :)
    Steve Cole, Jan 10, 2007
  4. Steve Cole

    dj_nme Guest

    Then these are just "tele adapter" and "wide adapter" lenses, probably
    not a great idea to use them as they add more chromeric abheration
    (red/blue fringing) and comma (distortion) on top of what the lens has
    The only possible problem (apart for the mould. YUCK!) might be if the
    lens has a T mount thread and no T to OM adapter.
    T-mount is close to M42 size, but is a different thread and back-focus
    distance and is an old "universal" mount for lenses and telescopes onto
    SLR cameras.
    If the camera body has a thumb-wheel on the back of the camera, it might
    be a shutter speed dial.
    The Pentax SLR cameras from the same period have the shutter speed and
    aperture displayed in the viewfinder and is only functional with a battery.
    dj_nme, Jan 11, 2007
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