OM10 + manual adapter not changing shutter speeds

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Maggie, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. Maggie

    Maggie Guest

    Hi all,

    I recently got a cheap Olympus OM10 as a back-up body to my OM1n, it
    has a manual adapter but it doesn't seem to work (i.e. I can't set
    shutter speeds).

    My question is: What is likely to cause this problem? If it is a
    broken manual adapter then it is cheap & easy to replace and I'll keep
    the camera body. If it is a broken camera I may as well get rid of it
    & try a different back-up body. Is this a common problem? I did a
    quick Google but couldn't see this specific problem, which makes me
    think it isn't common...

    I've only just got it so I've not yet put a roll of film through it,
    but I checked out the meter/aperture settings and it does seem to set
    other shutter speeds when used without the adapter (i.e. in aperture
    priority mode). When I set it to 'test' the camera beeps, so I'm
    assuming it isn't a bettery issue...

    I love my OM1n, it is reliable and rugged and I have a good range of
    lovely quality Zuiko lenses. I'm not looking for suggestions for
    alternatives to this admittedly old-fashioned camera kit, I simply
    have no experience of the OM10 so I don't know how to even start
    investigating the cause of this problem.

    Thanks for listening, and for any suggestions!

    Maggie, Apr 8, 2005
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  2. Maggie

    Tony Guest

    The OM 10 is made by Cosina, and they are famous for garbage bodies. I would
    look around for a used REAL Olympus if you intend to stay with the system,
    or something more modern (The OM series is long gone and the most modern of
    them are still stuck in the eighties with Flock of Seagulls).
    Tony, Apr 8, 2005
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  3. Maggie

    Peter Chant Guest

    But is the OM 10 a garbage body?

    Some people would buy a turd if it had Canon, Nikon or Lieca engraved on it.
    Peter Chant, Apr 9, 2005
  4. Maggie

    ian lincoln Guest

    Are but if it had leica on it then it would be a quality turd that would
    hold its value for 30 years and still attract as many flies now as it did
    when it was first bought.
    ian lincoln, Apr 9, 2005
  5. Maggie

    Bhup Guest

    if you put the setting to manual on the body and select the shutter speeds
    on the adaptor, the LEDs DON'T change listen to the sound of the shutter and
    look through the back and you will see that shutter speeds do indeed change.
    Bhup, Apr 9, 2005
  6. Maggie

    Doug Guest

    My best guess is that the manual adapter isn't making comtact in it's
    switch. Try moving the knob around a bunch of times to see if it helps.
    Likely the manual adapter is worth almost as much as the whole OM10 is. I
    started in the olympus system with an OM10 and now own several other bodies
    also. my email is almostnormal89 at yahoo dot com. I'll answer questions
    for you if I can
    Doug, Apr 9, 2005
  7. Maggie

    pauls0627 Guest

    Hi Maggie,

    How are you determining that the shutter speed isn't changing? Is it by
    sound, or by looking at the LEDs in the finder? Even in "Manual
    Adapter" mode (make sure you set the switch around the ASA dial to
    "Manual Adapter") the LEDs only show the recommended shutter speed, not
    the shutter speed set by the adapter. They way I do manual exposure
    with the OM-10 is to set the adapter to the speed I want, then adjust
    the aperture until the corresponding LED lights up.

    You can find more on the OM-10, including a scan of the manual, here:

    Good luck!

    pauls0627, Apr 11, 2005
  8. Maggie

    Maggie Guest

    Thanks to all who have replied! Thanks especially Doug for the offer
    of email help and Paul for posting the web address for the OM10

    I determined shutter speed by aiming the OM10 at a known exposure (f/8
    and 125, measured from my OM1n) then setting to manual, dialing down
    from 1/1000 to 1s and listening for the shutter noise to change. It
    didn't. Now I can't always tell a one-stop difference by sound, but I
    know 1s should be a good deal longer than 1/1000!

    After the suggestion about opening the back I did exactly that -
    taking the lens off as well - and by eye whatever speed I select the
    looks the same, i.e. there is no noticable change in the speed of the
    exposure. When I did the same experiment on my OM1n I could
    definitely see & hear speed changes at slower speeds - so I'm pretty
    certain the shutter speed isn't changing on the OM10 in manual mode.

    I've cleaned the connector on the manual adjuster, and also rolled the
    wheel backwards & forwards quite a bit - it hasn't made a difference.
    I've also tried AUTO and B - and the shutter speeds do change in those
    modes, so I'm coming to the conclusion that either:

    a) The switch is faulty when on the MANUAL setting, or
    b) The manual adapter is faulty, or
    c) The manual adapter socket on the camera is faulty.

    I've got a camera fair in my area in 3 weeks time, and there is
    usually at least one OM10 with an adapter. I've decided to take my
    new acquisition along & try it with another manual adapter. That way
    I'll at least be able to say for sure whether it is the adapter or the
    camera which is at fault (and I'll be able to buy a new adapter there
    & then).

    Thanks again for taking the trouble to reply.

    All the best,
    Maggie, Apr 11, 2005
  9. Maggie

    d_lau Guest

    The Olympus OM-10 is a REAL Olympus product, not made by Cosina, so let
    us not go around spreading untrue rumors. The more recent Olympus
    OM2000 is made by Cosina and is not a true member of the Olympus OM
    family. The OM-10 was an inexpensive camera, meant for the "point and
    shoot" users of the day. The later OM-G (OM-20?) was a much improved
    version with the built-in manual shutter speed control. If possible,
    since Olympus cameras are so cheap now, I'd suggest buying another OM-1
    or OM-2 body. Or if you want the conveniences of the OM-10, go for an
    OM-G instead. Good luck.
    d_lau, Apr 12, 2005
  10. Maggie

    Tony Guest

    Sorry. I obviously crossed the name up with the Nikon FM-10 which was
    their cheapy on a Cosina junk body, identical save for mount to the OM2000.
    It is easy to confuse.
    Tony, Apr 13, 2005
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