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Nostalgia Nexus - early and pre-digital discussion Want to discuss the really early days of digital and even film - here is the place for you.

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Re: OM eye candy

Must admit to a hankering for a black OM-2n or SP but fear it simply would be a case queen along with my owned-since-new Praktica BC-1, Am a very happy OM-D E-M5 owner!!
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You could always use the OM for proper B&W work, and maybe even process the films yourself.
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You could always use the OM for proper B&W work, and maybe even process the films yourself.
Great idea there Nigel; I'd then be able to justify the purchase and processing would be a blast - amazingly I just Googled Paterson System 4 which was the tanks I used in the 1970's and it seems to still be available new!

Incredible! Thanks for the inspirational idea; just need to clear it with my wife, which as she has just spent £84 in the HAIRDRESSERS should be easily negotiated.........

'A haircut and colour lasts for six weeks; an OM-2n is forever'..........
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Great idea there Nigel; I'd then be able to justify the purchase and processing would be a blast - amazingly I just Googled Paterson System 4 which was the tanks I used in the 1970's and it seems to still be available new!

Incredible! Thanks for the inspirational idea; just need to clear it with my wife, which as she has just spent £84 in the HAIRDRESSERS should be easily negotiated.........

'A haircut and colour lasts for six weeks; an OM-2n is forever'..........
That sounds like a good plan. But £84 for a hair job?

I persuaded my wife that my bright new lightbox was to help prevent Seasonal Affected Depression during those long, dark winter nights; which it does very well with brightly coloured Velvia trannies displayed on it!

As we were discussing here last night, digital is difficult to beat for colour unless you go for medium format, but black and white 35 mm is brilliant. Plus there is quite a lot of exposure attitude with B&W negative films, so even if the old light meter and shutter speeds are not quite spot on you will still get good results.

And as you say, the Patterson tanks and chemistry are still readily available, and good fun! And don't forget that Boots now stock B&W film again.
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Re: OM eye candy

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You could always use the OM for proper B&W work, and maybe even process the films yourself.

That's exactly what I've been doing. Don't tell PDK42 on the other thread though!
I don't do my own developing, I only run a film through every couple of months or so. Very enjoyable though. Just like ye olde days.
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Re: OM eye candy

Well, the dirty deed is done; a very tidy OM-2n with Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 is on it's way towards my address as we speak; Also an original Ever-Ready case, a very tidy original Oly strap with the rubber shoulder piece, from the photograph of the camera the only (slight) blemish to the exterior is to the frame on the outside of the rear door; I've also seen online a brand-new old stock rear door for the OM-G (OM20 in some markets) and a very tidy OM1 door with no frame...... so, does anyone know if the OM-20 door will fit the OM-2n 100% perfectly, or should I go for the good OM-1 door OR hold out for a mint OM-2/OM-2n door.......?

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Re: OM eye candy

The OM20/back probably won't fit, all the double digit models had fixed backs.Early OM1 backs had a different size pressure plate so you'll need to check/research that.
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The OM20/back probably won't fit, all the double digit models had fixed backs.Early OM1 backs had a different size pressure plate so you'll need to check/research that.
Thanks David;

I've had a close look at OM-1/2/n backs and compared them with OM10/20 backs and the hinge area looks different insofar as the single-digit backs have the spring-loaded hinge pin with the little tag thing for removing the back, whereas the double-digit model has a tube for a solid pin.....

So I'll hang on for a pristine removable back!

Thanks for the pointers

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Re: OM eye candy

Worth hanging on David. My OM2n, now 30 years old (bought new) has had to have a few bits and I found a pristine back for it once. It also annoyed the hell out of me that I once chipped the red LED surround but I got that replaced by a camera repairer.

I only got it serviced a few years ago when the meter went way-out.

Unused since a service with all new light seals.

Need to use it...
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Worth hanging on David. My OM2n, now 30 years old (bought new) has had to have a few bits and I found a pristine back for it once. It also annoyed the hell out of me that I once chipped the red LED surround but I got that replaced by a camera repairer.

I only got it serviced a few years ago when the meter went way-out.

Unused since a service with all new light seals.

Need to use it...
You must use that OM mm500!

A card from the postman today would indicate that the camera is waiting for me at the local sorting office, and it's late night opening tomorrow; traffic permitting I'll be collecting my new acquisition and I'll post some photos when I've had a chance to give it the once-over.

The as-new strap was in my letter box and I'd expect the case to arrive soon too, then I'm good to go - I'll pick up some FP4 and run a couple of rolls through...... I'll treat the Praktica BC-1 to a day out too, as we may be going to (East) Berlin in November that might be........ appropriate, as it was bought there all those years ago.
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Re: OM eye candy

There were several data backs available for the OM series, and if I recall, a bulk film back, so you could get carried away with the motor drive!

I have the data back on my 4Ti, but need to find the original back, which I have somewhere.
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Re: OM eye candy

You're right there Nigel; I've seen 4 iterations of the Recordata backs; the two earlier ones have a series of manual dials to set and a synch cable and the two later ones have a digital panel - unfortunately they only record dates to 2009, I guess no-one thought they would be in use 30-odd years on.
There's usually a couple on the 'bay; especially eBay.de for some reason!
Sadly the paint finish is usually marred to some degree but if I pick one up cheaply I have airbrushes etc and could refinish....
The bulk film back I've seen in pics and it's bulky and not too aesthetically pleasing - reminds me of a girl I knew.......
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There's usually a couple on the 'bay; especially eBay.de for some reason!
All holiday snaps will be catalogued by exact date, time and location....
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Ha ha!

Ja, deutsche gründlichkeit!

Teutonic thoroughness.........
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The bulk film back I've seen in pics and it's bulky and not too aesthetically pleasing - reminds me of a girl I knew.......
I couldn't imagine snuggling my head between the film rolls though.
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