20 Most Recent Olympus OM-2000 35mm SLR Camera Questions & Answers

Sorry, but if you have no access to other lenses then there isn't any definite way to isolate where the fault is. New batteries aren't the answer as on your model they only power the light meter.

It's very likely to be a lens fault, especially if using either of the two lenses which Cosina usually supplied (the OM2000 is actually a rebadged Cosina with an OM mount and OM viewfinder surround) but that's just a best guess based upon experience. The Cosina lenses have an OM mount and badging, but they are very cheaply made and tend to fall apart. The tiny lens stop screw is a common loss to almost all OM lens models and it prevents the lens from being turned too far when mounting it onto the body. Without the screw, the lens only has to be a tiny bit over-rotated to cause faults similar to yours.

If you hold the lens and look at the mounting with the top of the lens pointing up at the 12 o'clock position, then the screw in question should be just clockwise of the bottom bayonet lug at about the 6:30 position. It's about 1.2mm in diameter and stands proud about 0.8mm. If there's a hole there then the screw has fallen out. Replacing the screw is awkward as the Cosina lenses use screws which are not interchangeable with "real" OM mount lenses, but it only acts as a peg so it's often possible to replace it by epoxy gluing in a short peg of bronze or steel. Temporarily glue the peg before final fixing though as it may need trimming to get it just right. The Cosina lenses also tend to shed screws internally causing either the aperture coupling lever or the stop down lever to be out of their correct positions.

Good luck, and please take a moment to rate my reply.

Olympus OM-2000... | Answered on Mar 07, 2012

Consult a tech - DO NOT try to force it, doing so will damage the gears and cause further damage.

If you don't have a local repair shop, I'd recommend KEH Camera located in Atlanta, GA.

Olympus OM-2000... | Answered on Sep 04, 2011

Fungus is difficult, if not impossible, to remove from lenses. It'd require total disassembly of the lense by an experienced tech, cleaning, cleaning of the barrel, possible re-grinding of the element cleaned, re-cementing of the elements, re-aligning of the elements, etc. It's a time consuming, demanding, and technially requiring job, as well as a very expensive job. Unless it's a VERY rare and expensive lense, it's pointless to undertake. Fungus does not, or 99% of the time doesn't, form on the outer lens surface (though it appears that's where it is), it's actually inside the lense.

Olympus OM-2000... | Answered on Sep 04, 2011

OM-20 was basically a upgraded OM-10 with the manual adapter built in and a number of other refinements.

The viewfinder has LED's to show the shutter speed recommended by the camera's lightmeter for the ISO and aperture selected. It also has an exposure compensation indicator (the +/- symbol) and an indicator for flash ready which doubles up as a post-exposure flash confirmation. There is also the indicator lamp to show manual mode has been selected. OM-10 lacks the manual mode lamp and the +/- indicator.

Like the OM-10, the OM-20 is primarily an aperture priority automatic camera. In this mode you set the ISO film speed, choose which aperture you wish to use (with the ability to use the lens depth of field preview button) and then the camera selects the correct shutter speed. The +/- exposure compensation control allows the user to tell the camera to modify the recommended shutter speed by up to two stops either way.

In manual mode, there is no manual metering. The light meter behaves exactly as it does in aperture priority mode and the viewfinder shows the recommended shutter speed and not the manually selected one. Correct metering is therefore a case of adjusting the aperture first, and then choosing the correct shutter speed indicated in the viewfinder. If the user then decides to select a different shutter speed, then the aperture ring must be adjusted to maintain the correct exposure. For example the aperture is set to f8 and the camera recommends 1/60th of a second. The user decides that a faster shutter speed is required and chooses 1/250th, but the viewfinder remains showing 1/60th. In order to keep the same exposure value the user must open the aperture by two full stops to f4. The camera's light meter will detect the new aperture setting and providing the light on the object is unchanged the viewfinder shutter speed display should now show 1/250th as well to confirm the correct adjustment. Alternatively, the user can choose the shutter speed first by looking at what has been set on the control ring (or by turning the ring to the end of its travel and then counting the clicks from there as all experienced OM users do) and then turning the aperture ring until the shutter speed shown in the viewfinder matches what's been manually set.

It all sounds clumsy and complex but is done far more quickly than I've taken to type this and becomes second nature.

Aperture priority metering is selected on the camera by choosing AUTO on the mode selecter. In this mode the shutter speed ring has no effect and the viewfinder always displays the automatically selected shutter speed.

Olympus OM-2000... | Answered on Jan 26, 2011

First you have to rewind the film (some cameras rewind themselves automatically, but I don't think this is one of them). You do this with a little crank that unfolds from the top of the knob on the left of the camera's top plate (left as you hold the camera for shooting pics). You need to release the film first by pressing a recessed button on the bottom plate of the camera. Once the film is rewound into the canister, you open the door by pulling upwards on the little crank until the whole of the back of the camera opens up.

I am puzzled as to how you loaded the film in the first place without knowing that last bit.

Olympus OM-2000... | Answered on Jan 04, 2011

Olympus did not make adapter for OM lenses to be used on Canon XL1 but, if you are looking for the lens adapter, Novoflex XL-OM Lens Mount Adapter Olympus Lens to Canon XL-1, is the lens adapter that suppose to work.
B & H has this adapter for sale.

Olympus OM-2000... | Answered on Jun 23, 2010

Hello. you can not fix a broken lens, you must replace it with a new one. This is a job best left to a pro as once you open up your camera you void the warranty and risk doing more damage than good. Hope this helps you. Joe

Olympus OM-2000... | Answered on Apr 05, 2010


This is a link to a website that has a copy of the user manual for the camera.

Olympus OM-2000... | Answered on Mar 16, 2009

Do not put them in the fireplace - you will not get grate pictures that way

Olympus... | Answered on Nov 05, 2017

Maybe alanwood.net/photography/olympus/auto-bellows.home
or try. Vintageclassiccamera.com

Olympus... | Answered on Mar 20, 2015

The OM-1 uses standard 35mm film. You can use black-and-white, color print, or color slide film. Color print film should be available at most drugstores. A good camera store will have all types of film.

Olympus... | Answered on May 25, 2012

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