after lurking a bit on this great list I would like to start with two
questions both relating around the actual metering topics. But first a
I am working as law librarian at a new founded University in the Eastern
outskirts of Germany, Frankfurt (Oder). Stepping up from my parents´
RF-Voigtlaender I startet into more sophisticated equipment with OM-1/1,8
50 in 1974 (14 years old, investing nearly all my slowly collected cash)
and stayed with the OM-system up to now, 6 bodies from OM1 (2), 1N,
2N(defect), 2 S, 4 Ti, a few fixed budget-Zuikos, a Tokina ATX 28-85 etc.
- not always happy with reliability but happy with design and
usefullness. Fotografy is in steady competition with my love for music
and music reproduction, but wife, vacancies in greece and our two new
cats brought me recently back into taking pictures and followingly into
My questions - open since a long time - are around the precision of the
metering displays or metering-process of 2 S and 4 Ti:
1. The display of my 2 S does not reproduce alterations of every 1/3-stop
when using the plus-minus-dial; the first 1/3 sometimes none, the second
1/3 stop gives some alteration of the dial, sometimes one, sometimes the
given two 1/3s at a time.
Years ago I sent the camera to Olympus Hamburg and got it three times
back with irritating comments.
First time they charged about 300 DM for repair, but no result concerning
the mentioned problem. After two times of sending back and pseudo-repair
I gave up, after being successfull reducing the bill.
After an encounter with another item of this type owned by a collegue I
recognized the same behaviour (she had not ´til then and wisely did not
care afterwards either).
Is this a ?normal? abnormalty for this type? My OM2 N (unreliable too,
mirror locks up unpredicticably as if batteries were low) as well as the
4 Ti work correctly in this regard.
2. Spot or cw-mode - another but only technical aspect: My OM Ti
announces usually 1/3 stop lower in spot-mode than in CW-mode (in Auto as
well as manual), of course metering an absolutely even lighted object
This behaviour I found at my first attempt to buy a used 4 T and
resisted; bought for that reason a new 4 Ti - and found the same.
Are there other users who recognize this as well? If yes which should be
suggested as the ?correct? measurement? Theoretically important in manual
use, though a bit academical I admit, but high precision is one of the
claims of relatively expensive cameras.
BTW - in this respect the 2S give fully identical measurements comparing
auto-cw and manual spot!
Well, little long starting post, thanks for your patience, bandwidth and
any comments in advance
c/o European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
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