>Can you lock the mirror with the OM-1? I've seen in the archives that there
>was a general consensus that the self timer may induce less vibration than a
Yes, there is a mirror lock-up lever on the side of the lens mount
protrusion, just above the self timer.
BUT, use of mirror lock-up, tripod and either self-timer or remote
release is NOT the best way to get shots unaffected by camera mechanism
Oly says over and over, for every lens longer than 50mm:
"Also, to prevent camera shake:
When using a tripod, hold the camera steady with both hands and press
the shutter release with the ball of finger, not with the cable release."
Gary's tests bore out the truth of this. Although he didn't use the Oly
recommended "wetware damping", because of problems of repeatability, he
did find that the OM-1 with mirror lock-up is quite a bit less
effective, even on a big, sturdy tripod with its legs frozen into the
ice of a hockey rink, than the combined mirror lock up and aperture
mechanism pre-fire of the OM-4, OMPC and OM2000.
You are probably remembering reading about this feature of some later
bodies, which is indeed operated by the self-timer. For the OM-1, the
Oly recommended technique really does work for most people/situations.
If that is impractical or you have a tremor, drape a bag filled with
something heavy and consisting of small particles, sand, birdshot, etc,.
over camera body AND lens, so that it damps vibration in and between
Although weight is the biggest reason people give for carbon fiber
tripods, their other big advantage is that they tend to damp vibration,
where metal ones often sustain up sympathetic vibrations from camera
vibration and/or wind.
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