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Olympus OM-2S Program SN: 1030301
OM-SYSTEM ZUIKO MC AUTO-S 50mm f/1.8 Lens SN: 2839409
Olympus Winder 1 SN: 206778
The Olympus OM-2 is an aperture-priority automatic exposure camera (with full manual operation selected via switch), based on the earlier, successful Olympus OM-1 body. The OM-2 was introduced in 1975, and combined the light, sturdy camera body style of the manual-only OM-1 with a new automatic exposure system.
One of the main selling points of the OM-2 was that all of the OM-1 accessories and lenses would fit without modification, offering a compact system and an easy upgrade path for OM-1 owners. Although the camera was promoted in photography publications and magazines as technically superior, Olympus as a company did not have the same recognition as Nikon or Canon. Despite this, a number of photographers used the OM-2 including Patrick Lichfield, Kon Sasaki, Roy Morsch, Jacques Schumacher, Robert Semeniuk, and James Sugar.
The OM-2S used the OM-4 shutter mechanism but without the 1/2000 sec top speed, using instead 1/1000 as the maximum. It did, however, retain its mechanical Bulb setting as well as 1/60 second speed for use when batteries were depleted. This addressed a failing of the older all-electronic OM-2 models which were unusable without batteries. Additionally, a basic level of weather-sealing was provided as a new feature in the OM-2 line. While the older OM-2 models could routinely withstand harsh conditions, they were never advertised as having any environmental protection features.
The OM-2S offered only 3.5 frames per second when coupled to the motor drive 1 or 2.
The camera used an LCD display with a 90-second power-saving limiter for metering indications and warnings. This was visible to the left of the viewfinder area.
All the previous focusing screens and accessories (with the exception of the flash shoe attachments) available in the OM system were compatible with the camera.
The camera body had a fixed hot-shoe and a plug on the front-left for coupling of the Olympus flash group's TTL connector cable (previously the OM-2N MD series required removal of the flash shoe and the attachment of a TTL connector to facilitate this).
The rewind release was moved from the front right faceplate to the top of the camera between the ASA setting dial and the advance lever arm.
The OM-2S had three operational modes. The most noted was the provision of a program setting that permitted totally automated selection of aperture and shutter speed by the camera circuitry.
Olympus offered a program mode without the need for modification of existing lenses or the purchase of special program-compatible lenses. The only proviso to using program mode was that the lens in use is set to the highest f-number to permit the program mode to operate. If the aperture was not set to the highest number, the LCD display would flash an aperture symbol (and, if activated, the camera beeper would sound) to warn of the problem.
The "Auto" mode operated in much the same manner as the older OM-2N MD offering aperture preferred automatic exposure with averaging metering off the first curtain and/or film to determine which shutter speed would be used for the exposure.
The "Manual" mode metered in the central micro prism collar area only (roughly 2% of the field) - giving the spot metering in the camera's model name. Information on the spot metered value was provided on an LCD bar-graph version of the older match-needle system used on the OM-2N MD. Both shutter speed and aperture were under the photographer's control.
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