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Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

We have an odd problem with an OM2 SP which seems to be firing occasional blanks. Two recent 36 exposure reels of HP5+ have three or four blank frames each. These are spaced randomly throughout the film.

The camera hasn't been used for a while so I was expecting light leaks or similar, but not skipped frames.

At first we thought the shutter had failed to fire for the frames concerned, but having looked more closely it seems that when the film is would on the shutter button sometimes cannot be depressed until the film is wound on a second time - hence creating a blank frame.

The camera is otherwise in excellent condition (apart from eating batteries), and the metering works well so it would be a shame not to get it fixed.

Has anyone else had this problem or know how to fix it? And can anyone recommend a reliable repairer?
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

Question 1 - no, and no. Sorry.

Question 2 - Luton Camera Repair Services.

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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

I Just bought one for 80 so is it worth the cost?
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

Thanks John.

I am hoping that a service and a drop of oil will solve the problem, but it is an old camera now.
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

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I Just bought one for 80 so is it worth the cost?
That is what I was thinking.

On the plus side the camera is otherwise in almost new condition, (much better than those on eBay) so even if I paid 80 for another camera there is no guarantee that it would be any better.

My son needs to use it so if repairs were going to be prohibitive I would probably look for a good OM4-Ti to add to our collection.

I see that OM3-Ti's are selling for silly money right now.
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

If the camera has lived with a winder/motor drive attached that can screw up the shutter release/film advance timing. I used to be able to adjust the mechanism in the field on the 2N I abused for decades. Maybe the 2SP is the same. Take the base plate off and see if anything looks wrong. You can cycle the shutter/film advance with the base plate off.
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

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If the camera has lived with a winder/motor drive attached that can screw up the shutter release/film advance timing. I used to be able to adjust the mechanism in the field on the 2N I abused for decades. Maybe the 2SP is the same. Take the base plate off and see if anything looks wrong. You can cycle the shutter/film advance with the base plate off.
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

There are small one man operations who do this kind of repair too.
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

Like David M, It could be in the winder mechanism, and taking the base plate off allows you to see the mechanism, even a small bit of fluff can cause trouble, unfortunately, if stored a long time, so can rust.
It could also be the shutter sticking after it's long rest, and should improve with use.
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

OK, thanks. I don't mind taking the base plate off for a look but I wouldn't be too happy taking the top plate off!
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

I sent an email to Luton Cameras this afternoon and received a prompt repose.

"Service: 85.00 + vat + P&P
This would include repairing the film transport assembly."

This seems pricey compared to the value of the camera, but good value in terms of the work done. At least I know it would work properly, which is not necessarily guaranteed if I buy another camera.
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

While you've got the jewellers screwdrivers out and the baseplate off check the screws holding the tripod socket, I had a tripod socket work loose on one of my bodies but that could have been abuse on my part. I had to use pliers to bend a baseplate to allow the back to open once.
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

A cheap but inconvenient work around when the shutter fails to fire after winding on would be to tension the film by gently turning the rewind knob then pushing in and holding the 'R' button as you wind on again - essentially the procedure for making multiple exposures.

The long term solution is of course to have a proper service and repair. The quote from Luton Cameras may seem a little steep in relation to the value of the camera, but it is in nice condition and you know it has been used carefully. Sure, you could get a replacement for less on ebay, but you might be buying a piece of junk. Good luck.
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A cheap but inconvenient work around when the shutter fails to fire after winding on would be to tension the film by gently turning the rewind knob then pushing in and holding the 'R' button as you wind on again - essentially the procedure for making multiple exposures.

The long term solution is of course to have a proper service and repair. The quote from Luton Cameras may seem a little steep in relation to the value of the camera, but it is in nice condition and you know it has been used carefully. Sure, you could get a replacement for less on ebay, but you might be buying a piece of junk. Good luck.
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Re: Olympus OM2 SP Firing Blanks

Have you tried this guy?

http://www.newtonellis.com/olympus/


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