I think you should look at a camera which has auto exposure capability as well
manual. As you mentioned the 'art' in photography, exposure can play a big
role so a
camera with a spot meter would be my recommendation as it can teach you a lot
exposure as well as provide good ones when you learn how to use it. In order
preference I would say OM4, OM3, OM2 spot Program, and OM2000.
Even though I mentioned auto exposure capability the OM3 and OM2000 have spot
which I think would be even more important.
£200 sounds like too much for an OM1. Take a look at -
And search for om1 or olympus and you will find better prices, like £35 for a
complete OM1 system. Could be an miss print of course.
Do not write off being able to afford something like an OM4 either. If you are
patient a cheap one will probably come along. Try looking in photo-shops in
towns or keep an eye on LOOT.
Nicholas Lee wrote:
> Compacts certain do the job, but now I'm interested in exploring a little
> more the art of photography. So I'm looking for a good fully manual 35 mm
> SLR. It was suggested by a sales person that a OM-1 (there where a couple
> for around £200 with 50mm len) would be the perfect camera to learn with.
> My main interest in camera use will be on trips and nature/landscape
> shots. (Mainly tramping in New Zealand, and possibly Britain if I stay
> From reading the web a little it seems that the OM-1N would be a better
> buy in terms of long term repair options, and of course I wish I could
> afford a 4Ti.
> Thanks for your advice,
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