This trusty OM-1 (ser. no. 556341) was purchased in Apr 1975 from Bee Loh in Singapore. (I walked out of Bee Loh’s and promptly lost the 35mm’s big lens cap into a Singaporean stormwater drain.)
Total weight was not much more than 1.3kg. Compare that with my previous camera, a Nikon Photomic FTN with Nikkor 50mm F1.4, weighing in at almost 1.2kg by itself.
The OM-1 went around the globe once and, apart from the occasional battery trouble in humid climate, was completely dependable. I figure that it must have exposed well over 2,000 shots during that time… quite a lot in those pre-digital days. Mostly Kodachrome and Fujichrome, transparencies.
The Zuiko 35mm F2 was a very good “standard lens” on the OM-1. Although a substantially weightier (60g) and longer (9mm) and possibly a tad “softer” than the 35mm F2.8, when combined with the OM-1’s famously bright viewfinder, the big, bright 35mm F2 presented a viewfinder image that was very close to that seen by the other (naked) eye.
It was recovered safely after being left behind in a Japanese restaurant in ’75 and survived a surreptitious, camera-bag knife-attack on board a South Indian bus in Madras in ’77.
It’s now a bit battered and worn, has been to the repair shop 2 or 3 times over the past 3 decades (thank you, Chris Wood) but is still functioning near-perfectly.
I have to confess that I picked up a nice condition OM-1 ‘MD’ black body (ser. no. 149878), for whenever old-trusty “gave up the ghost”.
The OM-1 also survived being supplanted by a near-mint black body OM-4 that I impulsively bought in the early 2000s. Fortunately I saw the error of my ways and re-sold the battery-draining OM-4.
So I guess this stacks up as a wee homage to my trusty OM-1.