Body group OM-2000
When Olympus announced in 1997 a new mechanical OM body at street prices much lower
than the high end OM-3Ti, many fans of the original OM-1 design hoped it would be a
slightly modernized version of this camera. Unfortunately, the OM-2000 is not. It is not
even a System camera. Apart from the OM lens mount that accepts most OM Zuiko lenses and
the Bellows, and the OM viewfinder, that accepts the VarimagniFinder and Eyecups, there is
no connection at all with the rest of the OM System. No exchangeable focusing screens, no
compatability with the Motor Drives or even with the Winders, and no dedicated functions
with the T series flashes. Soon it became clear that the camera wasn't even manufactured
by Olympus at all. Instead it is a slightly patched design from and made by Cosina. This
immediately explains the classical shutter speed dial on top instead of the ring around
Allthough existing OM users may be attracted by the idea that now they can buy a brand new mechanical OM body at a fraction of the costs of the OM-3Ti, the camera may be of more interest for students in photography that need a mechanical body and can't spend too much. With the enormous availability of nice priced Zuiko occasions this is indeed attractive.
And the OM-2000 even has some extras when you compare it to the OM-1. An 1/2000 sec. shutter speed, single spot metering, flash synchronization at 1/125 sec., a provison for double exposures, and an extended ISO range up to 3200. And, last but not least, for its meter it doesn't require the 1.35V mercury cell that is now abolished.
Together with this body two new lightweight zooms were launched; these are also made by Cosina. The camera is also available as a kit in combination with the new S.Zuiko 35-70/3.5-4.8. There's also a new flash available: the S20; this is just a simple computer flash without any dedicated functions.
The OM-2000 is only made in bronze/black.
|Type: 35 mm. Single Lens Reflex Camera with mechanically controlled shutter.||Film rewind: Rewind crank.|
|Film format: 24mm x 36mm.||Viewfinder: Fixed -1 diopter; optional dioptric correction lens offers dioptric correction range from +1 to -3 diopters; finder viewfield: 93% of actual picture field; magnification: 0.84x at infinity (50mm lens).|
|Lens mount: Olympus OM Mount.||Focusing screen: Fixed focusing screen with microprism / split image-matte.|
|Shutter: Mechanically controlled, vertical, metal focal plane shutter; 1/2000 sec. max. shutter speed (available shutter speeds can be used without batteries).||Viewfinder information: LED display for correct exposure. Red "+" and "-" signs for over- / underexposure, green dot for correct exposure. Orange LED for spot metering.|
|Synchronization: X contact (synchronization at speeds of 1/125 sec. or slower); hot shoe with direct contact only.||Battery check: Red and green LED indicators in the viewfinder verify battery condition.|
|Light measuring method: Center-weighted, average light measurement, switchable to spot measurement (2% of image)..||Power source: Two 1.5V silver-oxide batteries SR44 (Eveready EPX-76) or alkaline manganese batteries LR44.|
|Exposure range: EV0~EV19 (ISO/ASA 100, 50mm. F1.4).||Self-timer: 10 second delay self timer with mirror prefire.|
|Exposure control: B., 1sec.-1/2000 sec. (flash synchronization at speed of 1/125 sec. or slower).||Camera back: Fixed type.|
|Film speed: ISO/ASA 25-3200.||Dimensions: 138 x 87 x 51mm (body alone).|
|Manual film advance: Film advance lever with 130° angle for one long or several short strokes and pre-advance angle 30°.||Weight: 430 gram.|
|Multi-exposure: Multi-exposure lever facilitates multi-exposure by disabling film transport.|