Question about an Olympus OM-1

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Dimpled Chad, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. Dimpled Chad

    Dimpled Chad Guest

    My father gave me one of his trusty Olympus OM-1s recently, having converted
    to digital. I'm a novice, but understand the basics of the camera and SLRs in
    general.

    I put a new battery in it and fired up the meter. I noticed promptly that it
    wasn't responding predictably when I changed the aperture, and the meter
    seemed to get stuck in over-exposure, even if I closed it to the smallest
    setting.

    I took it into a local camera shop and after looking it over briefly they
    said that the mechanism on the camera that corresponds to the change in fstop
    on the lens is sticking, causing my problem. They estimated $120 for the
    repair.

    Does that sound like a probable cause of these symptoms? Anything I can try
    to lube the mechanism myself and save the money? Just curious. I was excited
    about using the camera to learn the basics of 35mm photography, but it has
    more sentimental value than anything. I'm not sure I would just go buy
    another camera if this one is shot.

    TIA for your advice.
    Chad

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    Dimpled Chad, Jul 11, 2003
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  2. Hello Chad,
    The problem you mention is indeed sticking of the needle in the upper side.
    I use several OM camera's from which one has the same problem.
    I told this to my Olympus specialist / dealer and he told me he would fix it
    for about 20 or 25 euro's ( eury ?).
    for $ 120 you can buy another used OM1.
    Try to find an Olympus specialist.
    Succes, Gijs
     
    Gijs Rietveld, Jul 11, 2003
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    Dimpled Chad Guest

    Thanks so much, Gijs. That is extremely helpful.

    Followup question: Anyone know such an Olympus specialist, preferably in the
    Chicago area of the United States?

    Thanks,
    Chad

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    JD Guest

    Not local to Chicago buy you might try:

    Photosphere www.olyfix.com , they're in Texas
    Camtech www.zuiko.com , he's in New York .

    I've used Photosphere, have heard good things about Camtech.
    If you send it in, get the metering changed so you can use a non-mercury
    battery.
    If this camera has never been serviced, the light seal foam is either shot
    or near that stage..

    As for $120 for another OM1, I wonder if you'd be picking up a camera that
    would end up needing
    repair/ Clean-Lube-Adjust. You can check KEH and the used section of BH
    photo and I don't
    think you'll see an OM1 in that price range.

    Your dad didn't happen to have a zuiko 135mm macro lens he'd like to part
    with cheap?

    Jay
     
    JD, Jul 12, 2003
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  5. To replace old mercury batterie you van buy a dropin adapter which can hold
    a silveroxide batterie.
    Maybe the next site can give you details:
    www.wide-angle.nl
     
    Gijs Rietveld, Jul 12, 2003
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    Chris Quayle Guest

    More importantly, try to find an honest one ;^)...

    Chris
     
    Chris Quayle, Jul 12, 2003
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    Magic Guest

    Give a Photosphere a call they did great job with my OM 4
    with was damaged badly (internally)
    Not sure if it would be much cheaper but they will check your OM 1 for
    problems and reseal it and send it to you like new
    Magic
     
    Magic, Jul 13, 2003
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