Olympus OM-2N

I think I own enough Olympus film cameras to officially call myself an Oly-Fanboy. If you look though many of my photos on Instagram, there’s no question that the OM-1N is one of my favorite cameras. It went with me for 3 weeks to Europe, and I recently used it on a 2-week Route 66 road trip. Like many film photographers with a lot of time on my hands during the 2020 Covid lockdown, I went online to look at cameras. One of my camera purchases was the Olympus OM-2N. Between lenses, bodies, and flash, I now have a nice Olympus kit that I’m very happy with.

The Olympus OM-2 was introduced in 1975, and the OM-2N came along in 1979. The OM-2 is based on the OM-1 but has a unique automatic exposure system. Marketed to photographers as an upgrade to the OM-1, the newer OM-2 was the first camera to offer a TTL (through the lens) meter for film called ADM (Auto Dynamic Metering), also known as “off film metering.” This new feature ensured a more accurate exposure could be made in challenging situations using its twin silicon blue cell sensors. These sensors measure light off the patterned surface on the lens side of the shutter.

The OM-2 features an electronically controlled shutter with speeds from 1 to 1/1000th of a second, plus bulb. Setting the camera to Auto essentially puts it in aperture priority mode, but it also has a dedicated manual mode. The ADM meter is center-weighted average and operates off two LR44 batteries. The viewfinder provides a nice 97% coverage. When the camera is put in Auto, the shutter speed is displayed in the viewfinder, and when it’s in Manual, a simple + and – is displayed.

Just like the OM-1, the OM-2N feels great in my hands. Some people complain about the shutter speed being located at the base of the lens mount. After you get in the groove of using the camera, it starts to become natural and muscle memory kicks in. The camera is simple to use with a single switch for Auto, Manual, and battery check. And another knob to set the ISO/ASA and exposure compensation. I think I’ve just scratched the surface of this camera. I suggest reading these other reviews:

Olympus OM-2n – Written by Jim Grey on Down The Road

Olympus OM2 (OM2n) – Written by James Tocchio on Casual Photophile

Olympus OM-2N – Written by Thomas Eisl

Olympus OM-2n – Broken Camera . Club

Camera: Olympus OM-2N (1979)
Film: Kosmo Foto Mono 100
Process: Cinestill DF96 Monobath (3 Min @ 26° C)
Scanner: Epson V700 Photo

Camera: Olympus OM-2N (1979)
Film: FujiFilm Acros 100II
Process: Cinestill DF96 Monobath (3 Min @ 26° C)
Scanner: Epson V700 Photo

2 thoughts on “Olympus OM-2N

  1. Racing Reliant 😀brilliant. Great images, especially the panning shots. My first Olympus which I bought second hand in 1990 was a OM2n which I still have today. It’s been on 4 trips to the USA and still works fine today. I have quite a few more OM’s and have just bought a an OM4.


    1. The owner of the Reliant and his friend took turns leaning out the window to keep the keep the car upright as they drove around the obstacle course. LOL! You’re another Oly-fanboy! 🙂

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