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OM-2 SP Broken? :(

Andre Custodio , Nov 10, 2011; 08:07 p.m.

Hi, I'm new to the forum and fairly new to photography but am looking forward to becoming a full part of the photography world. However I'm not able to at the moment as my OM-2 has jammed.

I received it just the other day, (been using a Pentax K1000 and Zenit E) and just to test it, without film I advanced and fired the shutter until it got to the end. I then pressed the rewind release button but now everything's jammed. The shutter wont fire, the advance lever won't move and the R button is pressed and won't come back up. I'm not sure why it's done this, I'm thinking it's something I done but I don't know what. Anyone experienced anything similar? Any help would be much appreciated.

Many Thanks


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Les Sarile , Nov 10, 2011; 08:59 p.m.

I just checked my OM-2 and believe these two act similarly but am not clear about what you are doing.
You said you used no film but advanced and fired the shutter until it got to the end. End of what exactly when there is no film?
I don't believe the reset caused your OM2 to jam. However, dead batteries will. You do know that if the batter is dead, the mirror will lock up and won't come back down to allow you to cock the shutter to fire again? If this is the case, you can turn the shutter speed to "B" which is the only manual shutter mode and will release the mirror. To turn to B, you will have to press the "B lock" switch. At this point you can activate the shutter and fire again but at B. Of course replacing the batteries will restore it back to normal operation.

Andre Custodio , Nov 10, 2011; 09:25 p.m.

Sorry I'm a bit new to this, the small window at the side which has the exposure count is on S which I believe is start. I'm not sure what it got to the end of then, I didn't have any film in. I've tried it in manual B mode, it still doesn't fire. The batteries I think are fine as on the SP model (not sure if yours has it) there is a battery check mode and it says if the red light is steady then the batteries are fine, and mine is doing exactly that. I have read other threads though and the batteries being flat seems to be a common theme.

Baachitraka . , Nov 11, 2011; 01:50 a.m.

Can you try to open the back door and see whether shutter curtains are jammed in the mid-way...

John Hermanson , Nov 11, 2011; 07:44 a.m.

I repair a lot of OM-4, 2S for this problem. Problem is that wind gears are now out of sync. wind mechaanism has to be taken apart, degreased and rebuilt. I'd be happy to do it for you if you chose to send it. I'm working full time at Tamron now, but have not in any way abandoned OM. John

John Hermanson , Nov 11, 2011; 08:00 a.m.

B is completely mechanical, if you can wind the shutter, it should fire on B without batteries. If wind lever is jammed, turning to B does not reset the shutter, then you have a mechanical jam. John

Andre Custodio , Nov 11, 2011; 08:26 a.m.

Thanks for the comments, curtains aren't jammed, I'm worried that you might be right John. It looks like a mechanical jam in which case I think it is beyond my knowledge to repair it.

Baachitraka . , Nov 11, 2011; 08:40 a.m.

There are two options.
- Either get a new OM-2sp or
- Send her for CLA
I personally will go with second option, after that you need not worry for next 10 years.
My 2cents.

Les Sarile , Nov 11, 2011; 06:59 p.m.

Let me know where can I get a new OM-2SP . . . ;-)

Baachitraka . , Nov 12, 2011; 04:52 a.m.

Well, I meant an another OM-2sp. :-)

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