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Olympus OM-2 (n) - Instruction Manual Part II


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Loading film into the OM-2 Camera

[1] Open the camera back. Pull the rewind knob up. A slight resistance may be felt before the camera back snaps partially open. * At the purchase of your OM-2, you may find a piece of paper on the film plane, Remove the paper before loading the camera. * Your camera uses standard 35mm cartridges of 12, 24 or 36 exposures, negative or slide film. When use specialize film like Infrared, refer to the film instruction, high level of precaution is necessary.

Avoid direct sunlight when you load or unload the camera.

[2]. Load the camera. Insert a film cartridge into the film chamber and push the rewind knob back into its original position. It may be necessary to turn the rewind knob slightly before it will lock securely in place.

[3]. Attach the film end to the take-up spool. Draw out the film leader and insert it into one of the slots in the film take-up spool. Make sure that the film is evenly placed between the film guide pins. * The take-up spool has five slots in it. Make sure the film perforation has engaged on the spool properly before closing the camera back.

Warning: When pulling the film across to the film take up spool on the right, always remember the shutter curtain is underneath the film, avoid at all means to touch the surface of the shutter curtain.

WARNING: The use of a Motor Drive or Power Winder is always recommended to turn the power Switch to "OFF" before loading.

[4]. Advance the film.

Advance the film using the film advance lever, Make sure that the film perforations engage on the sprockets on both sides. [5]. Close the camera back until it clicks into place. [6]. Tighten the film. After closing the back, fold out the rewind crank and turn it clockwise slowly until you feel a slight resistance. This will take up any slack in the film.

[7]. Check the exposure counter. Advance the film and press the shutter release button. Continue advancing the film until "1" appears in the exposure counter window. Prior to the incorporation of AUTO DX coding during the mid-eighties, virtually all SLR will require you to handle loading film winding, and setting ASA/Film speed manually. There is no way to confirm whether the film has been loaded correctly inside the camera. However, you may use the opposite rotation of the rewind knob when you attempt to wind the film and the feel of the slight resistance to determine the process has been correctly set.

* While advancing the film, the rewind knob rotates in a counterclockwise direction indicating that the film is advancing properly.
During the repetition of preliminary film advance, always set the selector lever to the "OFF" or "MANUAL" position to avoid unnecessary battery drain.

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Operating the Film Advance Lever [1] Gently pull the film advance lever away from the camera body. [2] Advance the lever to the right as far as it will go. This can be accomplished in a single stroke or in multiple short strokes.* Avoid touching the rewind release lever while advancing the film to make sure the film advance mechanism operates smoothly and without interruption.

* In the flow chart of such mechanism: In one full stroke, the film advance lever will (1) advances the film one full frame, (2) advances the exposure counter, (3) cocks the shutter, (4) sets the instant return mirror, (5) activates the automatic diaphragm mechanism, and; (6) activates the double advance and double exposure prevention mechanism.

Exposure/Frame Counter
The exposure counter is designed to indicate the total number of frames exposed on the film. Each time the film is advanced by the film advance lever, the exposure counter automatically adds one frame to the total.

The counter is indexed in even numbers up to 36 plus "S" (Start) and "E" (End). For easy reference, "S", "E", and numbers"12", "20", and "36" are indicated in gold. Whenever the camera back is opened, the exposure counter automatically returns to "S".

The Memo Holder
A seldom used feature nowadays, but it was a handy feature during those days. A memo holder is provided on the camera back of the camera to provide a convenient reminder of the type of film being used. The holder is designed to accept the end flap from most 35mm. film packages, which can be inserted in the holder at the bottom as shown in the photo.

Unloading film from the Camera
When the entire roll of film has been exposed (indicated by the numbers "12", "20", or "36" on the exposure counter depending upon the film length), rewind the film.

[1] Turn the rewind release lever counterclockwise until the red dot points towards the "OM-2" marking.[ 2] Fold out the rewind crank and wind it in the direction of the arrow. While rewinding, you will feel tension. When the tension stops and the crank turns freely, the film has been completely rewound back into the cartridge.

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[3] Open the camera back by pulling up on the rewind crank and remove the film cartridge. Keep camera and film out of direct sunlight while unloading. * The rewind release lever will automatically return to the original position with movement of the film advance lever when reloading with film, etc., * Do not force the film advance lever if the film has been fully exposed. If you feel any resistance in advancing the film, rewind the film to prevent tearing.

Making Multiple/Double Exposures As compared with many other cameras, I don't regard the multiple exposure operation in the OM cameras very convenient - except when you compared it with some professional class cameras like Nikon F2 or Canon F-1 or even many automatic cameras available during the late seventies, because generally the drawback is - it didn't provide a dedicated multiple exposure lever (like the Nikon FM or Nikon FE of 1977/78) for more simplify operation. However, the good news is, for OM SLR owners, the film rewind button is unconventionally placed in front of the camera body (In OM3 and OM4, the button is at the top), so at least you don't have to flip the camera upside down to handle that task. Should you wish to make more than one exposure on the same frame:

1] After the first exposure, take up any slack in the film by slowly turning the rewind knob in a clockwise direction until it stops. [2] Turn the rewind release counterclockwise until the red dot points towards the "OM-2" marking. [3] Hold both the rewind knob and rewind release lever to prevent them from turning and advance the film advance lever. The shutter will then be cocked for the next exposure without advancing the film. [4] Press the shutter release button with a slow, steady pressure. [5] The film counter will advance with each exposure, [6] After completing the multiple exposures, put the lens cap on your lens, advance the film, and shoot a blank frame to avoid overlapping. * You can make as many multiple exposures as you like by repeating the above procedure. With each exposure on the same frame, the possibility of slippage is increased. Practice is required to obtain good results. Further, theoretically, you would need to compensate (reduced) exposure for multiple exposures by more than once.

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