Olympus OM-1

Released 1973

While my favourite 35mm camera series is the Canon FD range, it is undeniable that the Olympus OM-1 is also an iconic model. This camera was given to me by a friend.

It takes a mercury battery which is now impossible to obtain, but fortunately the battery is only used for metering. Without the battery, the OM-1 can still be used as a fully manual SLR.

Olympus OM-1
Olympus OM-1

At a glance

Lens Olympus OM mount
Film 135
Focus SLR split screen & microprism
Meter CdS with match needle