Hello, Fellow Olympus Users.
I just joined your forum today...Wonderful site -
I thought it interesting the 'why' Olympus 35mm.
I too, have dabbled with some digital work, but found myself going back to my OM2 N after nearly a 6-8 year hiatus...I had forgotten what fun and relaxation 'true' photography work is!
I started with a OM1 (mainly due to their size and lens - I couldn't afford and still can't a Hassleblad, but shoot an Kiowa 66). The OM1 was traded for the 2N, shortly after it's introduction and it has been my main camera ever since.
I've played with digital and it was the secondary design consideration for my home PC and I have been 'learning' about digital photography work the last 2-3 yrs. What drew me back to 35mm was cost-effectiveness' or 'more-camera-for-my-dollar'. The market for used 35mm items is staggering, simple due to the fact everybody is going digital. I came very close to trading in my 2N, but took a weekend off and did what I call 'serious picture taking'. I was hooked again, what can I say.
I recently added a OM4, some lens and I am out shooting again, and re-discovering 35mm photography. For me, this 'new' 4 is awesome and a beautiful piece of equipment. I've been shooting pictures nearly 40 yrs. And this design, even though it is what - 15 years old, shoots just as well as any new 35mm out there now (And I like the new stuff, don't get me wrong).
I think for many of 'us', camera user's it is a matter of preference and choice and what 'we' are used to. For me it has been Olympus. And the last factor is 'how-much-do-you-want-to-spend'...
For now, I'll continue to shoot with my Olympus System and enjoy the 35mm format. Perhaps, perhaps someday I'll invest in a 'true' digital system. But for now, my tried-n-true OM's will suffice. My children are all being 'learned' 35mm photography work. I think it important. My oldest daughter, in college is using her great-grandfather's older Minolta set-up. My 15 yr old, has my other AE 5, and my 11, was just given an old clunker Chinnon and he to is 'learning' to appreciate what God created for us to 'see'. And I have a 7 yr old, who likes this 'photography schuff' as he says.
For any of 'us', who like and enjoy photography do it...WHO care's what you use, huh.
And if you are lucky enough to have children - Take the time and teach them the world of photography. My grandfather did me and you'll give the world awhole new generation of photographers.
Personally, I'll stick with my OM System for now and enjoy 're-discovering' 35mm photography.
And my 'thank-you', for a wonderful site for 'us' Olympus people.
Ed Brown -