It wouldn't happen to be a working body, is it? My father
worked for Olympus for a time and I have all his lenses and
filters for his OM1, but his bodies are DOA and I hate to
get rid of all his accessories and would love to resurrect
The body was stolen and I have two very good but now useless lenses. I
hate to trash them. My intention is to give them away to someone that
can actually use them, not take them and sell them.
Most of us have moved to digital anyway, but I rally liked that OM-2.
IIRC, it was over $300 in the early 80's.
The problem with these old SRL's is the inside components like leather
and foam wear out. About year 2000 I took my Minolta SRT 101 to a
camera shop, because the shutter had an occasional glitch.
The camera guy told me it would cost about $300 to replace the
internal parts. I went digital. The 101 and lenses just rest in my
I had one of those too. My brother brought it back from Viet Nam,
after he bought a Nikon to replace it. (He said maybe the Minolta was
better, and I bet it was lighter. This was the Nikon that looked like
it had been made a decade earlier and then the viewfinder replaced
with something with a built-in meter.)
That broke on its own, no need for chocolate milk, and I did take that
apart and found the white string had broken. So I bought another
from Minolta, in NJ, and I thought I put it on right, but I guess not.
The string is used, rather than maybe impossibly complicated levers
and rods, because the string will run around corners (on pulleys) and
it was used to connect the shutter speed with at least two more
things. I can't remember. One must have been the shutter, duh, but I
don't remember how the speed was controlled. Was the other the
aperture... I don't think so. I had also bought a Minolta 101
service manual, from Minolta, not expensive, not bound but iirc one of
those plastic binders with rectangular bent teeth that go through
rectangular holes. I wonder where the camera and the book are. It's
not like me to get rid of anything, and I know I didn't sell them in a
I don't recall if they were interchangeable, but I do remember reading
in some photography magazine that, at that time, Olympus lenses were as
good, if not better, than any lenses coming outta the Nikon factory.
The trouble with pawn shops are that you never know what they are
going to have or when.
There should be some way to computerize pawn shop inventory or to sell
other used items on the computer.
They could call it Pbay.
Well you could "sell" them on Ebay for the cost of the time it takes
you to wrap them.
I wanted an Olympus SLR but all I could afford was a rangefinder. It
worked great for years, and it was against my policy to carry it on
hikes where I might fall and hurt it, but we went to see a virgin
forest just east of DC, and I put it in my pack with a small carton of
chocolate milk. How stupid is that. That was 10+ years ago and I
figure the milk has turned to powder by now, and maybe I could take it
apart and blow the powder away, but I haven't allocated the time,
since I really do like digital.
I tightened it, I supertorqued it. I think Olympus had an outlet in
Manhattan, or maybe it was just a good camera store, and they were
going to order the part but it was marginal if I could get it before I
was leaving on a vacation.
So they gave me the address of Olympus on Long Island. Lake
Success... It's amazing how very easy it was to recall the town after
38 years. Just on the border with Queens. So I went out there that
day, and I found a big one-story building in an industrial park with
no signs on the building or the doors and no doorbell buttons. And
the doors were locked. But I followed someone in and then there were
no signs to say where to go.
But I walked the length of the building and found an office and asked
to buy the part, and I was taken to a room where they got the part,
and before I knew it, they put it in for me, cleaned the lens, and
recalibrated the range-finder. But then they had no way to collect
money so they didn't charge me for this. LOL It was a nice day.
(named after Lake Success, the lake. The original Indian name was
Sucut. Former home of the United Nations, which is a very partial
replying to Micky, tup wrote:
I have an Olympus OM-2.. just picked it up off local page with a number of
lenses.. what are your ones? maybe something I'm missing? I'm in New Zealand
though .. not sure where you are Ed... with freight, might not be feasible.. :)
I have a new mirrorless E-M10 and find it abit restricting.. am really excited
to be getting back to basics with the Om-2! :)
I have a 28mm and a 75 - 150 zoom. Freight is a problem though. I
just looked it up and it would be about $76. The lenses new are worth
far more than that, but used, you may find them at that price or lower.
replying to Ed Pawlowski, Tup wrote:
Thanks so much Ed! Really good of you to check that out for me. I have both of
those lenses here so of no use to me unfortunately :). According to the last
owner of mine, the 28mm takes incredible lsndscapes.. Yet to test for myself :)
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