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Advice On New Camera (OM-3Ti Or OM-4Ti)  
User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 5565 times:

Hi,

Maybe it's the spring weather that's making its way ... I am thinking of buying a new camera, and I wanted to know if anyone here has some experience with the Olympus OM-3Ti or OM-4Ti.

My reason for looking into Olympus is that I already have Olympus cameras, the OM-2 and the OM-20. The latter is shit, I only got that for a photo course at summer school. However, the OM-2 is superb. I'll need to get it checked though to see if everything is still working properly.

Why am I looking into a new camera? Well, should my OM-2 be ever seriuosly damaged, it may be beyond repair because Olympus is running out of spare parts for this camera (it's well over 22 years old).

Why Olympus again? Hmm, I've always had Olympus cameras ... their shutter and aperture setting with one hand is great. Plus, I have many lenses for the OM-2, which I don't want to have to "throw away", and Zuiko lenses are very good.

In favour of Olympus:
+ lenses available
+ used to camera type
+ good experience with previous models, esp. OM-2

Against Olympus:
- exotic, thus limited second-hand market for lenses
- withdrawing from the 35mm segment
- used to have a time (after OM-2) where their quaility was not outstanding

Basically, I am trying to find out how Olympus' products are rated today?

OM-4Ti
http://www.ciao.com/Olympus_OM_4Ti__Test_962826 in German
http://www.photographyreview.com/pscCameras/35mm/Olympus,OM-4Ti/PRD_84323_3105crx.aspx#reviews

OM-3Ti
http://www.epinions.com/Olympus_OM_3Ti_Pro_Zoom_35mm_SLR_Kit__Camera_olyom3tipzk/display_~full_specs
http://www.camerareview.com/templates/camera_details.cfm?camera_id=66

The reviews sound encouraging. Anyone here with hands-on experience? Please, share your thoughts with me on this.

CU,
Nick

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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5549 times:

Best thing to do is go put YOUR hands on one and try it. Everyone has opinions, none quite like your own..

User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 730 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5537 times:

OM-3TI and OM-4Ti are both great cameras of their type - they do exactly what they were designed to do with the minimum of electronic frippery. On the other hand some might say they are lacking in features now considered standard - eg. evaluative metering and highspeed flash sync (limited to 1/60th).

But I believe both are discontinued and no longer officially supported by Olympus, so I have to wonder whether you are really just going to prolong the problem you've identified with the OM-2?

It could be said maybe you should get out now while a small market still exists for the Zuiko lenses (which really are superb) and go for a more mainstream brand. You should also consider whether or not digital is in your future - those Zuiko lenses won't work with any DSLR (the E1 uses a different mount).

There's no question about the quality of the camera, but I think of them a little like Leica - lovely to look at and hold, but lacking an accessible system and so perhaps a bit limited for anyone except those with very deep pockets.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5527 times:

Hi Colin,

Thanks for your remarks.

I know for sure that I want to stay analogue with what I consider "real photography." That's just b/c I like it. The issue of being "exotic" with Olympus equipment is a problem. I recognized this already a while ago. I've done some shooting with a Canon, and it's an awesome camera because it's all automagic. As soon as I tried to do it manually it was a pain in the ass.

My dream is Leica, but my paycheck isn't fat enough to afford it.  Sad

CU,
Nick


User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 730 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5523 times:

As soon as I tried to do it manually it was a pain in the ass.

I know what you mean - unless you go towards the top of the range in either Canon or Nikon, the automation tends to get in the way at times and becomes a hinderance rather than an aid - the Olympus certainly scores well in this regard.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
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