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    Impulse buy

    I was browsing in a car boot sale and spotted this for a tenner. Once I changed the batteries it seems to be in good working order. It came with a third party 35mm lens which is a pity but at that price I can not complain.


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    Re: Impulse buy

    Had a few OM10's over the years and always liked them

    Well done, good price

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    A highly under rated body. I took my one all over the world and only once did it stop working (flat batteries) in the 30 years and hundreds of rolls of film.

    I gave it away a few years ago, missed it and got another.

    They are brilliant and even better with good glass attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham_RM13 View Post

    They are brilliant and even better with good glass attached.
    What do you reckon is the best lens for it? I might look out for one and it could share that with my Pen

    Roger

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    The boring but reliable and decent 50mm f1.8 would be my first choice.
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    Re: Impulse buy

    I have my grandfather's old one in the house. Unfortunately the on/off switch is brokn and the lens is boggin' or I'd give it a try.

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    Re: Impulse buy

    Quote Originally Posted by RogerMac View Post
    What do you reckon is the best lens for it? I might look out for one and it could share that with my Pen

    Roger
    I firmly believe my 24mm f/2.8 is the best. The 50mm f/1.4 a very close second.

    However I've just got a 65-200 f/4 and i'm VERY impressed with the IQ, having tested it on an E-PL1

    AP will probably delete the link but here is the very quick test I did

    http://dpnow.com/forum2/showpost.php...89&postcount=3

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    Re: Impulse buy

    Bought one on eBay last month (£10.51!) and splashed out on a Hoya 28mm f2.8 lens for 20 quid.
    Very pleased with both, though the proof of the pudding will be in the results of the processing (only just sent the film off!!)
    I have no knowledge of Hoya lenses, but it looks and works fine as far as I can tell.
    Good fun.
    Bought an OM30 since, and one of Nick's boggo 50mm f1.8 lenses. All good so far!!


    As you say, Roger, you can't really go wrong at that price - nice one!
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    The 24 f2.8 is very good, as is the 35mm f2. I just think the 50 is the best match to the body, and is certainly well matched to a CSC, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlecM View Post
    Bought one on eBay last month (£10.51!) and splashed out on a Hoya 28mm f2.8 lens for 20 quid.
    Very pleased with both, though the proof of the pudding will be in the results of the processing (only just sent the film off!!)
    I have no knowledge of Hoya lenses, but it looks and works fine as far as I can tell.
    Good fun.
    Bought an OM30 since, and one of Nick's boggo 50mm f1.8 lenses. All good so far!!


    As you say, Roger, you can't really go wrong at that price - nice one!
    Actually it cost me 15 Swiss Francs - that about £10.50 at current exchange rates. It even came with a nice condition ERC - and ALL the other ERCs that I have from that vintage have rotted away.

    Of course I did not know that it was in working order until I got it home yesterday and changed the batteries

    Roger
    Last edited by RogerMac; 05-03-2012 at 16:08.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benchista View Post
    The 24 f2.8 is very good, as is the 35mm f2. I just think the 50 is the best match to the body, and is certainly well matched to a CSC, too.
    ...so the Hoya 28mm - any good (It seems good in use)?
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    Re: Impulse buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Benchista View Post
    The boring but reliable and decent 50mm f1.8 would be my first choice.
    I used to have this on my OM-1 but "upgraded" to the f1.4 on my OM-2. I think the f1.8 has the edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham_RM13 View Post
    I firmly believe my 24mm f/2.8 is the best. The 50mm f/1.4 a very close second.

    However I've just got a 65-200 f/4 and i'm VERY impressed with the IQ, having tested it on an E-PL1

    AP will probably delete the link but here is the very quick test I did

    http://dpnow.com/forum2/showpost.php...89&postcount=3

    Have Fun
    The 65-200 is a cracker but a tad heavy, esp. when compared to Tamron 80-210 'industry standard' but if Roger only put it in a bag when he really needed it then I reckon the ideal lens to partner his OM10 would be the 35/2 Zuiko (same filter size - same cracking performance) but finding one at low cost would be a monumental challenge!

    [Can't remember what OP has in kit cupboard - maybe one there already?]

    However - for a lightweight and very compact outfit - incorporating your 24mm suggestion, I would add 50/1.8 and 100/2.8. {NB. Neat doubling of focal length!}
    or
    Another lightweight, very 1970's retro {all the rage at the moment} outfit would be:
    28/3.5, 50/1.8 and 135/3.5. Now this would - probably - be possible on the extremely cheap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlecM View Post
    ...so the Hoya 28mm - any good (It seems good in use)?
    Never used one. Hoya lenses had a fairly decent rep, though.
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    Re: Impulse buy

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham_RM13 View Post
    AP will probably delete the link...
    What a strange thing to say Graham Although IMHO embedding pictures within the thread would be preferable

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    Re: Impulse buy

    I have had a Hoya 200mm f3.5 for about 30 years, from new, and I think it is at least as sharp as my Olympus lenses, and feels more robustly built. At the time it was about £20 cheaper than the Olympus, a fraction shorter and lighter, and had a five year warranty, against the one year of the Oly. I remember after a club competition our club secretary (who used Nikon 35mm and 5X4 for his archetecturaal work) saying to me, "those Olympus lenses are sharp, aren't they?", To which I replied "Yes,they are, but actually that shot was on a Hoya." So I don't think you need to worry about your Hoya lens.
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    Re: Impulse buy

    Quote Originally Posted by 0lybacker View Post
    [Can't remember what OP has in kit cupboard - maybe one there already?]
    An awful lot - but no OM kit - apart from this acquisition.

    It starts with an 1884 tailboard plus two lenses, continues with two box brownies, an Agfa Silette, two Canon range-finders, a Bronica (for sale), an AE1 plus several FD lenses, two EOS SLRs but no additional lenses then comes into the high ground of three Oly E series DSLRs and one Pen plus a fairly comprehensive collection of lenses for the digital Olys

    Somewhere in that lot there is a compact Nikon complete with beginners flash cards that I inherited. Oh I nearly forgot a Canon G2
    As you can see there was a gap that I am glad to fill.

    Roger
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    Roger,
    Now you mention it, I remember the pic of the lovely timber in the tailboard!

    With a Canon AE1 o/fit, a whole OM kit of body+3 lenses may be a bit close in history perspective but I see some value plus lots of fun, if you have space, in filling up a cupboard with some representative kit over the ages. The OM and Canon stuff though would both be from the same decade or so.

    You could have OM10+3 lenses, sell the AE1, keep the Canon lenses and buy a T90!
    That's a 70's/80's and 80's/90's with two classic outfits arguably representing three decades.

    Or with a larger cupboard and permission from SWMBO, keep AE1 and buy OM1 b/o+3lenses, T90 b/o and with the EOS, then you've really got a collection!

    OM1>AE1>OM10>T90>EOS six hundred series

    ... just need something Nikon ...
    ... and Pentax ...
    ... and Minolta to round it off, perhaps ...

    ... help fill in the gaps?

    Sweet dreams!
    Oly
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlecM View Post
    Bought a Hoya 28mm f2.8 lens for 20 quid.

    Bought an OM30 since, and one of Nick's boggo 50mm f1.8 lenses.
    Hoya had a pretty good reputation - slightly upmarket Tokina, from same maker. My first 80-200mm f4 was very good but its replacement, from Co. under 5 year guarantee following a 'service' glitch, was not as good. Had the 400mm f5.6 also an excellent performer, w/internal focussing.

    The OM30, I prefer to forget!

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    Re: Impulse buy

    Tokina lenses were the later incarnation of Hoya lenses. Like all lenses there were good and not so good in the range, along with good and not so good copies.

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