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Olympus OM-2000

Olympus OM-2000

I’ll start with a disclaimer about the Olympus OM-2000.

If you’re an Olympus purist who strictly believes in Olympus built cameras, this post is not for you.

In this post, we’ll review the last camera in the OM series, the Olympus OM-2000. Produced between 1997-2000, the OM-2000 was and is still an excellent camera for students, learners, and young professionals.

Despite it not being a full blood Olympus camera—Cosina built the body and specified it to Olympus’s needs, the OM-2000 features some top of the line features that make it a worthy addition to your classic vintage camera collection.

Features of the Camera

One of the most prominent features of the OM-2000 is Spot metering—a feature not common in entry-level cameras

The camera is fitted with a switch which allows you to select spot or centre weighted metering. With spot metering, you can reduce the impact of a backlight, or other bright light from influencing exposure.

With this camera, you can take great photos, even with a bright background behind the subject.

Another great feature of the OM-2000 is the multiple exposure system, a function that wasn’t in other OM cameras.

With this feature, a photographer can take more creative shots. With the OM-2000 can take mirror and ghost images—something that’s impossible with single exposure cameras.

And that’s not all…

The OM-2000 also comes with a mirror lock-up feature which allows you to take vibration-free shots.

Speaking of shots, how’s the image quality?

Like other Olympus camera, the lens is sharp and easy to use.

The OM-2000 comes with two lenses, a 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8, and a 210 mm f/4.5-5.6. Like the body, the lenses were made by Cosina.

Other than its two lenses, the OM-2000 can also use other OM lenses. If you have other OMs in your collection, you won’t need to buy lenses.

What about Usability? Is it an everyday camera?

Unlike its predecessors, the OM-101 and OM-707, the OM-2000 is also relatively light—the body weighs 430 grams, with the 35-70mm lens, it weighs 615 grams.

This light weight makes it feel very nice at hand and easy to use.

It doesn’t end there…

The OM-2000 gives you back control of the ISO—something that wasn’t there in the OM-707. You also get a top shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.

Design and Physical Layout

Now here’s where the OM-2000 differs from other OM.

One of the most noticeable changes in design was the lack of a shutter speed dial at the bayonet mount. The OM-2000 shutter speed dial was located on the top plate.

Other than the self-timer, the face did not contain any other buttons.

Most of the functionality is on the top plate. On the top left is the Film Rewind Crank. Next to it, you have the spot metering/centre weighted metering switch.

The shutter speed dial and ISO dial are located on the right side of the top plate. Here you also have the shutter release button, film advance crank, the multiple exposure lever, and the Frame counter.

Shortcomings of the Camera

As mentioned above, the OM-2000 was not a pure breed Olympus camera. If you’re an Olympus purist, this camera is not for you.

The OM-2000 is also not compatible with other OM accessories other than the lenses. You can’t use motor drives, finder screen and data checks from other OM devices.

Final thoughts

Despite having a Cosina built body, the OM-2000 was and remains to be an incredible camera as per OM standards.

It’s light, has spot metering, and features a multiple exposure system. It’s also an economical entry-level camera making it great for students.

It can also make a great addition to your collection—the different design brings diversity to your OM collection.

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