|Olympus OM-10, 35mm SLR camera, 1979|
The Olympus OM-10 arrived in 1979, just 8 years after Olympus's first full frame 35mm camera. Olympus were latecomers to the full frame 35mm SLR market, but that certainly didn't diminish the quality of the products when they arrived. The OM-10 features fully automatic aperture priority exposure. In normal trim the photographer has no control over the shutter speed except by changing the aperture and accepting the resulting speed, which is visible in the viewfinder with LED indicators. However a manual adapter can be pushed into the socket in front of the rewind lever, this makes the camera behave as a manual when auto is also switched off, this is how our example is generally used, however it has been removed in the photograph. The camera is also fitted with an electronic delayed release with an audible beep and flashing red light on the front. The camera is utterly dependent upon the batteries and will not fire when they are flat. This situation will normally make itself known when the mirror sticks halfway up and the camera appears to be totally locked up. Worry not, dropping two fresh batteries in will remedy things. Cold weather makes weakened batteries sluggish too, so take a fresh set if you are planning on visiting the Antarctic this year. Available with a chrome top housing or a stylish black one.
Donated to the collection by Mr. W. J. Farley May 2005.
Shutter, cloth blinds, B, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500 & 1000th sec
Lens, Zuiko, 50mm f/1.8 No.1380444
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