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The electronic Olympus OM-2 was first seen in a prototype form at the 1974 Photokina, that was two years after the debut of the original OM-1 which was a mechanical SLR. The OM2 only began to ship and market in late 1975. The addition of automatic exposure functions of the OM-2 extends the OM system quest for functionality to a new level.
Despite the fact that it is an automatic-exposure version, it has the same body dimensions virtually similar to the mechanical OM-1 and is only slightly heavier (dimensions of the camera are exactly the same as those of the OM-1- 136 x 83 x 50 mm without lens). The few external differences are mostly confined to the film speed setting dial and the meter system on-off switch, which has four positions on the OM-2. But within the camera was a different beast altogether when compared with the mechanical counterpart, in fact, both the bodies have, for the first time positioned Olympus Optical Co. LTD firmly on the driver seat as a forerunner in innovative camera technologies and enjoyed a hugely successful product cycle commercially.
System: OLYMPUS OM System.
Camera type: 35mm Single Lens Reflex with automatic exposure control, electronic focal plane shutter.
Film format: 24mm x 36mm.
Lens mount: OLYMPUS OM Mount, bayonet type, flange distance 46mm
Shutter: Focal plane shutter, automatic exposure control from about 60 seconds to 1/1,000 second
Synchro: FP, X switch type contact, incorrect flash prevention.
Automatic exposure control: Aperture preferred automatic exposure control electronic shutter type. TTL Direct Light Measuring System, center-weighted for bright, and averaging for dark conditions.
Light sensors: 2 SBC sensors for actual exposure and 2 Cds for metering information in auto and manual mode.
Large exposure compensation dial: + - 2EV (within the ASA film speed range)
Automatic flash exposure: Direct contacts for TTL Auto Flash.
Manual exposure: TTL type.
Measuring system: Full aperture center-weighted metering.
Measuring range: EV1.5 - EV17 (ASA 100 with F 1.2 standard lens).
Light sensors: 2 CdS sensors. Zero-method with needle visible in the viewfinder.
Film speed Setting: ASA 12 - 1600
Battery check: 3-stage battery check LED lamp (light emitting diode) indicates full voltage, depleted charge, and exhaustion of batteries. Shutter lock to limit drainage.
Viewfinder: Pentaprism type wide vision finder.
Focusing screens: Wide selection of interchangeable screens
Finder view-field: 97%
Viewfinder Magnification: 0.92 X at infinity with 50mm standard lens
Apparent field view: Vertical 23°30', horizontal 35°.
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