Modern Classic SLRs Series :
Olympus OM Motor Drive 2
Instruction Manual - Part 1


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To cater for additional features incorporated in newer OM SLR bodies introduced after OM-1 and OM-2 series; Olympus realized the needs to have a new motor drive after their original effort with the Motor Drive 1 to take full advantage of newer electronics and other practical solutions to functional control. The next Motor Drive 2 maintains the OM concept to performance, compatibility, compactness and practicality. In addition it features a bundle of unique new functions, plus smooth, quiet operation which in general a vast improvement over all as compared with the Motor Drive 1. But despite all these enhancement made, care is taken to ensure full compatibility is maintain with earlier models such as OM-1 and OM-2 with virtually no drop in its basic performance except some new features incorporated into the new motor drive are not supported by older camera models.

Olympus OM Motor Drive 2

First, it still has sparkling five frames-per-second performance, with regular mirror return, so you can follow the subject clearly in the viewfinder. But by the time of its introduction, the speed rate does not posed any advantage over competitions as rivaling brands such as Nikon has boosted their
Nikon F3's impressive MD-4 with 6 fps (with mirror Lock and 5.5 fps with normal reflex viewing); Canon new Motor Drive FN designed for their 2nd professional body, New Canon F-1 in 1982 also provide 5 fps in its speed rate. Anyway, the new drive mechanism is smoother in operation, much due to a new design incorporated within with a twin motors turning in opposite directions to virtually eliminate vibration and shock

The Motor Drive 2 was also the first in the world with a built-in computer with a graphical pictograpgh LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) lets you know exactly what's happening at all times, and tells you what to do next. For instance, the motor drive display gives you step-by-step indications for loading film into the camera, and automatically winds it two frames to bring the counter to the start position. When the counter reaches "0", the film advance is automatically disengaged, and the LCD gives indications for rewinding the film. LCD was chosen as the medium because it is more flexible, permits the use of graphical display and it only consumes only 1/10000th comparable power of LEDs. Drawback ? may be... it it gets exposure to high temperature for extended time, it may darken and contrast is low (But should restore to normal after that); next is, it has a specific life span of around 10 to 15 years and may need replacement because generally the contrast may turns low. Anyway, there is not much of a concern because most of the display are of operational sequences and to a seasoned user, after a while, probably info on remaining frame number serves more purpose than any o ther fancy feature it provides. Because this is a site dedicate to OM-1 & OM-2, thus much of the emphasize is focused on these few models. But the Motor drive 2 really shone when it used in conjunction with newer electronic-enriched bodies such as OM-3, 4 and even the OM-20 (5 fps), OM-30 (5 fps) and and 40 (3 or 4 fps) ! With these cameras, features such as instant readiness for the next shot, free use of any automatic or manual shutter speed, and shower resistant scalings.

With OM-3 and OM-4 series bodies, there is another big improvement provided in which it enables motor driven Power Rewind. But probably the most important is full compatibility with the endlessly versatile OM System. For power units, the Motor Drive 2 combines with the M. 18V Control Grip I, M. 15V Ni-Cd Control Pack I, or M. AC Control Box It can be used together with the 250 Film Back I. And it also works with M. Ouartz Remote Controller I.

and setting up to use the Motor Drive 2
Inserting the Batteries

Connecting the Power Unit -->>

Attaching Motor Drive 2 to the Camera

1. Remove the motor drive socket cap.
2. Store the removed cap

* Note:
The cap of OM-1 or OM-2 cannot be stored.

3. Turn the fastening screw clockwise.

* If there is clearance, shake the motor drive slightly and fit it tightly.

4. Depends on your personal choice, Set the mode selector to "SINGLE" or "SEQUENCE"

Detaching the Motor Drive 2 from the camera body

1. Set the mode selector to "OFF".

3. * The motor cover should always be attached if you are not shooting with the motor drive.

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