".... A camera maker that simply copies others' idea has no right to call itself an original maker in the first place." 

Yoshihisa Maitani, creator of the Olympus OM system.

Olympus OM1

Olympus OM1
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Olympus OM1
TypeSLR
Manufactured1973 - 1979
BatteryPX625 Needed for metering only.
Fully MechanicalYes
ShutterBulb + 1s-1/1600
ISO25 - 1600
Fully ManualYes.
Aperture PriorityNo
Shutter PriorityNo
Fully AutoNo
NotesThe first of the OM revolutionary camera designs by Yoshihisa Maitani. Actually not quite the first as the camera was released in 1972 as the M1 (M for Maitani!) When Leica found out though they sued claiming trademark infringement and so Olympus changed the name to the OM1. It's reported that some 5000 M1 cameras were sold and these now command a high price on the collector market. The simplicity of the camera makes it one of my favorite cameras to use.

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