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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 ...

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    Default Question about an Olympus OM-1

    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 Guest

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    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
    "Dimpled Chad" <dimpledchotmail.com> schreef in bericht
    news:Xns93B59F9DA62C8cahDfncah555NO130.133.1.4...
    > 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
    >
    > --
    > Looking for a pet? Adopt one! ** [url]http://www.petfinder.com[/url]
    > Info for a healthy, happy dog? * [url]http://www.dog-play.com[/url]
    >
    >
    > 'Safe to use around pets and children, although it
    > is not recommended that either be permitted to drink
    > from toilet.' -- 'bowl fresh' toilet cleaner warning
    > label
    >
    >
    >

    Gijs Rietveld Guest

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    Default Re: Question about an Olympus OM-1

    On 11 Jul 2003, Gijs Rietveld opined:
    > 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
    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

    --
    Looking for a pet? Adopt one! ** [url]http://www.petfinder.com[/url]
    Info for a healthy, happy dog? * [url]http://www.dog-play.com[/url]


    'Safe to use around pets and children, although it
    is not recommended that either be permitted to drink
    from toilet.' -- 'bowl fresh' toilet cleaner warning
    label



    Dimpled Chad Guest

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    Default Re: Question about an Olympus OM-1

    Not local to Chicago buy you might try:

    Photosphere [url]www.olyfix.com[/url] , they're in Texas
    Camtech [url]www.zuiko.com[/url] , 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


    "Dimpled Chad" <dimpledchotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:Xns93B5AD07FEC8DcahDfncah555NO130.133.1.4...
    > On 11 Jul 2003, Gijs Rietveld opined:
    >
    > > 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
    >
    > 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
    >
    > --
    > Looking for a pet? Adopt one! ** [url]http://www.petfinder.com[/url]
    > Info for a healthy, happy dog? * [url]http://www.dog-play.com[/url]
    >
    >
    > 'Safe to use around pets and children, although it
    > is not recommended that either be permitted to drink
    > from toilet.' -- 'bowl fresh' toilet cleaner warning
    > label
    >
    >
    >

    JD Guest

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    "JD" <qernqrqnggov.pbz> schreef in bericht
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    > Not local to Chicago buy you might try:
    >
    > Photosphere [url]www.olyfix.com[/url] , they're in Texas
    > Camtech [url]www.zuiko.com[/url] , 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.
    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:
    [url]www.wide-angle.nl[/url]


    > 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
    >
    >
    > "Dimpled Chad" <dimpledchotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:Xns93B5AD07FEC8DcahDfncah555NO130.133.1.4...
    > > On 11 Jul 2003, Gijs Rietveld opined:
    > >
    > > > 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
    > >
    > > 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
    > >
    > > --
    > > Looking for a pet? Adopt one! ** [url]http://www.petfinder.com[/url]
    > > Info for a healthy, happy dog? * [url]http://www.dog-play.com[/url]
    > >
    > >
    > > 'Safe to use around pets and children, although it
    > > is not recommended that either be permitted to drink
    > > from toilet.' -- 'bowl fresh' toilet cleaner warning
    > > label
    > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    >

    Gijs Rietveld Guest

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    Gijs Rietveld wrote:
    >
    > 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.
    More importantly, try to find an honest one ;^)...

    Chris
    Chris Quayle Guest

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    Default Re: Question about an Olympus OM-1

    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


    "Dimpled Chad" <dimpledchotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:Xns93B59F9DA62C8cahDfncah555NO130.133.1.4...
    > 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
    >
    > --
    > Looking for a pet? Adopt one! ** [url]http://www.petfinder.com[/url]
    > Info for a healthy, happy dog? * [url]http://www.dog-play.com[/url]
    >
    >
    > 'Safe to use around pets and children, although it
    > is not recommended that either be permitted to drink
    > from toilet.' -- 'bowl fresh' toilet cleaner warning
    > label
    >
    >
    >

    Magic Guest

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