35mm Film & Vintage SLR cameras


 Olympus OM10 

This was the camera I bought after the OM-1. I spotted it in the window of my local Cameraworld and I wondered why, given it was in such good condition, it was so cheap. A quick google told me that they don't sell. I bought it anyway, and never regretted it. It's a gem.


The OM10 is from the 'amateur' range of OM cameras, which means they're slightly less robust and perhaps one or two corners were cut in design and manufacture. It does feel a little more flimsy than the OM-1. But that's the only downside. In all other respects it's every bit as good as its big brother. It helps that it takes the same lenses.

It comes with aperture priority only, as standard, so no manual mode. You can buy a simple adaptor which gives you manual control, if you want.

The light meter is basic but can be biased one way or the other by changing the ISO number. This is actually a bit fiddly and you have to be careful to not knock the mode selector from auto to B. Strange things happen if you do.

The lens is a 28-70mm f3.5, which I haven't used much but should do. 

These cameras are quite cheap today and if you can get one in good condition, go for it. They really are great fun to use.