It is probably true. Before dumping the parts into a sealed dumpster,
parts department employees were told to physically damage all external
cosmetic OM parts so they couldn't be used. I'll bet the same went for
Pen parts. I recently bought part of a collection from Pat MacFarlanes
son (Pat passed away 3-4 months ago) and I found a new chrome top in
there for a Pen FV. Also got a complete M-1, with M System 50 1.4, and
M-1 instruction books.
If a part is more than 3-4 years old and no one has bought one in that
time span, they just throw them away.
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> John, I recall hearing a story that Olympus actually destroyed (or
> threatened to do so before someone bought it out) their remaining
> parts stock for the Pen series. Any truth there? Or was it just 'one
> of those stories'?
> On 2/2/06, John Hermanson <omtech1@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>There are almost no major parts available for Pen F models. Go for an
>>FT. The meter can be converted to the silver oxide battery. If the
>>meter fails, then you can switch to a handheld. One thing to check on
>>used Pen slr's is a slipping sprocket. Open back, put a little thumb
>>pressure on the sprocket and wind the shutter. The sprocket must turn
>>under your thumb pressure. If it doesn't, inside of sprocket (plastic)
>>is worn down, broken. There are no replacement elements available for
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>>Martin Walters wrote:
>>>I am wondering about jumping into this pool - after all, the lenses are
>>>still zuikos and the OMZ ones can be mounted as well. Should I do this,
>>>it would be for something in nice condition for occasional use; not
>>>collector grade and I trust not too expensive (likely bought on our
>>>favourite auction site).
>>>- F versus FT (e.g., FT uses mercury batteries, stand alone light meter
>>>- Repairability (e.g., to what extent are they economically repairable;
>>>what problems to avoid)?
>>>- Buying F/FT lenses (e.g., is element separation is a concern; should
>>>one stay away from the older zuikos)?
>>>Grateful for any wisdom the group might like to share.
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