OM-2/2N Best Battery: 1.55V Silver Oxide (357, EPX76, G13, MS76, SR44, 303, s76, KS76)
Battery Drain Characteristics: Very rare in 2/2N unless P circuit (2N only) is defective, or camera is tampered). P Boards and main
circuits are available (not for sale separately.) OM-2 drain more likely if old style main switch gets shorted.
Compared to an original OM-2, the OM-2N has some useful improved features:
1) A viewfinder LED which lights when your T series flash
is charged, and blinks when a flash exposure has been completed. In 1N also.
2) An updated main circuit & "P" board
which automatically limits battery drain (if the mirror locks up) to a maximum of 3.5 minutes. If the mirror locks in the original
2, and it is left that way the batteries will go dead.
3) The 2N has added a 'reset' function to the meter switch. You can 'reset'
the shutter by turning the meter switch to the 'battery check' position OR turning the front shutter speed dial to B (after pressing
and holding reset button)..
4) The 2N has a redesigned wind lever, rewind release knob, both with a new contour.
Also in the OM-1N.
5) Redesigned springs inside the back cover. OM-1N .has the same back cover.
Low Light Exposure
Okay, so you might be thinking that, if this new fangled 'P' circuit terminates
battery drain, it might also control low light time
Right! While the 2N instruction book lists the long exposure
limit at 2 minutes, you can realistically achieve 3.5 minute
exposures, with any asa film. The OM-2 exposure limit is completely asa
based. The lower the asa of the film, the longer the capability
of the camera in low light. As mentioned before, the plain OM-2 at asa 12, low light exposure capability is 19 minutes (approx.) and
asa 1600 is 19 SECONDS. Low light capability is unlimited if you are using the mechanical B setting.
This circuit (located in the bottom of the 2N body) is sometimes
referred to as the "P" circuit, controls TTL flash exposure, and
long exposure limit. Original OM-2 TTL flash: If there is insufficient flash output, the shutter stays open, creating streaking. At
times this can be used for very creative effects. The P circuit in the 2N acknowledges the TTL feedback and ends the exposure at 1/60th,
regardless of whether or not here is enough flash output. Olympus felt it was better to do that than blur the photo by leaving the
shutter open following insufficient flash. The P circuit cannot be taken out or bypassed.
What's the P Board
Regarding the main circuit board, the 2N has essentially the same main circuit as a 2. One LED is wired differently. Either circuit can be used in either camera by changing this LED (called the 'off-limiter' LED).
Which Shoe is Which?
Shoe 1: OM-1 and 2, Regular manual or auto (not ttl) flash control with any brand flash with a hot shoe.
Shoe 2: Plain OM-2 only, Regular manual, auto flash with any electronic flash that has a hot shoe and ttl (otf, off-the-film) flash
control with Olympus QA310 flash or other dedicated flash from that era. Not for use with T flash system! Cut TTL pin off and can
be used on plain OM-1.
Shoe 3: Plain OM-2 only, Regular manual, auto flash with any electronic flash that has a hot shoe and TTL (otf, off-the-film) flash
control with any Olympus T flash (T-20, T32 etc) except T45 (separate TTL cord needed, with TTL Connector 3) or other brand which
happens to be compatible. No TTL on Shoe 3 with QA300 or 310 Olympus flash. Cut TTL pin off and can be used on plain OM-1.
Shoe 4: OM-1N & 2N only. Regular manual & auto flash with any flash, and TTL (otf, off the film) flash control on 2N with T series flash or other dedicated flash. Screws on in the opposite direction from Shoe 1, 2 and 3.
TTL Connector 3: Plain OM-2 only, accepts Olympus TTL Cords, regular manual, auto and ttl (otf, off-the-film) flash control with any
Olympus T flash that has the mating socket. T-20 has no socket and must be used with TTL Connector T20. Cords come in several lengths.
Up to 9 Olympus T flashes can be wired in unison. 300 & 310 flashes are completely incompatible with the T flash system.
TTL Connector 4: For OM-1N and 2N only. For TTL Sync cords for off-camera flash use of T series or other brand compatible. Cords come in several lengths. Up to 9 Olympus T flashes can be wired in unison. 300 & 310 flashes are completely incompatible with the T flash system. No TTL flash control with the 1N.
TTL Shoe Cord 0.6m: regular manual, auto and ttl (otf, off-the-film) off the camera flash control. This item slips into Shoe 3 or
4. Has a coiled cord which stretches to a length of 0.6 meters. While connected to a T series flash, it can be used on any camera
hot shoe for regular auto or manual flash control.
TTL F Shoe Cord: the ONLY TTL cord made by Olympus that allows off camera flash with the F280.
Tech Pages - OM-2/2N pt. 2
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