At 09:37 PM Wednesday 13/06/2001, you wrote:
What makes you believe that the bodies started at 1,000,000? Just in my
small sample of bodies right now, I have a 390xxx, 610xxx, 428xxx and
615xxx. All OM-1 or OM-2, so I am not sure where the OM-3 started, but.
My OM-3 is 1008xxx, so you can assume 8000 or more.
> Most Olympus bodies have serial numbers starting in the 1000000 series. My
> OM-3 has serial number 100358x.
Maybe in addition to "most" I should have added "modern" (starting with
OM-2SP or even spot metering models). It was an assumption based on looking
at my OM-3, 2SP and 4Ti. Someone may correct me yet.
Nevertheless I think your post with serial numbers shows my point nicely.
The OM-1/2 that you have 615xxx serial proves there's hundreds of
thousands of them around.
The highest OM-3 number that the list has yet posted is less than 20 000
units with possibly that as an upper limit. I also collect coins and a
mintage of 20 000 is definitely a collector quantity. Then again I have
coins that only 1500 have been minted so its all relative. Its probably
worth remembering that the number of OM-3's that have survived with
pristine box and manuals aswell is probably much much lower than what the
serial number would indicate too.
I think I've done myself in now. The prices of these things are probably
going to rise due to increased awareness.
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