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Overall 7.5/10 cosmetic condition, 6.5/10 optics. Tiny dint and wear on body and lever, minor dust in between lens elements and in viewfinder, minor glue separation between one set of elements - does not affect images.
" If you’re looking for a masterful mechanical camera to be, essentially, the only film camera you’ll ever need, the OM-1 should certainly be considered. It’s quite simply one of the best."
"...the Olympus OM1 is built to last ... due to the rock solid build quality, these things will have a place in the world of photography for some time to come."
- Andrew Goodman
It is not exaggerating to credit Olympus OM-1 as a camera that sets new industry standards for SLR in terms of functionality, portability and ease of handling when it was first introduced way back to the early seventies. It created the "compact SLR" concept and changed the course of 35mm SLR development.
It was a sensation at its very first debut, and remains a hot item today among many collectors. Don't ever let the dimension of the camera mislead you to think it is just another ordinary SLR - the OM-1 is actually a full blown system SLR camera. It is not only one of the world's best performing 35mm SLR cameras, but also at one stage during early and mid seventies, put Olympus Optical Co. among the most respectable name with other Japanese 35mm SLR manufacturers.
Hold an Olympus camera in your hand, and you will appreciate the camera more. Both inside and out, the construction of the OM-1 bears witness to a no-nonsense engineering approach with an innovative but highly analytical concept of how the 35 SLR should perform. Most of the controls are positioned and scaled for improved accessibility despite the marked reduction in the camera's overall size, and are designed to operate just as easily with whatever system configuration.