The OM-4・OM-4 Ti – The Final Model of OLYMPUS SLR Film Cameras
OLYMPUS produced the OM-4 and OM-4 Ti (*”Ti” means a titanium body). Practically, they can be the final model of OLYMPUS SLR film cameras.
In 1972, the OLYMPUS OM system had established when the OM-1 (the original model was M-1) was released. As a compact and lightweight SLR film camera, the system has made an improvement through the OM-1, OM-2, OM-3, and OM-4.
While the OM-1 and OM-3 are a mechanical SLR film camera, the OM-4 and OM-4 Ti are an electronic SLR film camera.
The OM-4 is an improved version of the OM-2 equipped with a TTL direct metering system, and it features a multi-spots metering system. When it comes to calculating several points in the scene by using a spot metering system, the OM-4 will automatically determine an appropriate exposure.
Further, the OM-4 has a sophisticated finish, especially among the OM series. A luxury titanium body version (OM-4 Ti) is also available.
About the OM-4 and OM-4 Ti
Let’s explore deeper into features of the OM-4 and OM-4 Ti!
Features and Specifications of the OM-4
In 1984, the OM-4 was released along with the OM-3 (*a brother model). It is a high-end model with an electronic shutter, multi-spot metering, and aperture priority AE.
The most remarkable feature is a multi-spot metering that offers accurate exposures. Since the OM-4’s spot metering can store exposure data, it is possible to determine the accurate exposure value according to the results.
The shutter speed and other specifications can be advanced beyond the previous models in the OM series. Further, the shutter speed can handle up to 1/2000 sec.
With a horizontal cloth focal plane shutter, the OM-4 supports a wide range of opportunities in photography.
The setting information on the finder is displayed on the LCD. Just like the OM-3, the white line on the top of the pentaprism is an illuminated window for the LCD made of plastic.
Introduced in 1984, the OM-4 has a brass body.
A Multi-Spot Metering Offering an Appropriate Exposure
In the 1980s, each film camera manufacturers had been struggling with competition in advanced metering systems for accurate exposures. Around the same time, Nikon incorporated a multi-spot metering to the FA, while OLYMPUS did it to the OM-4.
For the OM-4’s multi-spot metering, in order to find an appropriated exposure value, the camera measures the exposures several times and automatically computes average measurements.
For more details, the metering mode changes from a center-weighted average metering to a spot metering when pushing a spot button on the top of the body. All data will have stored each time when pushing the button. Then, the camera can calculate for correct exposure by using those date.
In addition, the OM-4 could take up to eight spot measurements.
A multi-spot metering plays an important role especially when you focus on a subject with the high contrast, such as sunlight in summer and sunset in winter. Whether focusing on the highlight or shadow, this metering system can handle various situations and get a perfect exposure depending on photographers’ intentions.
Common Operations of the OM Series
Unlike the previous models in the OM series, the OM-4 has quite unique performances and functions.
But, a good thing is OLYMPUS users can easily become familiar with the OM-4 because of the common operation throughout the series. For example, the shutter speed dial is placed on the base of the lens mount. The shutter release button and the winding lever are the same as other OM models.
Furthermore, all accessories throughout the series are available to use.
About the OM-4 Ti
The OM-4 Ti is a titanium version of the OM-4. It is 1986 that the OM-4 Ti was born into the world. This is a pioneering hit product that made titanium finish famous in the market later.
The OM-4 Ti Released in 1986 with a Champagne Finish
The OM-4 Ti was released with titanium finish in 1986. The body is painted champagne gold color, matching titanium body very well.
It is possible to enjoy both a toughness and luxury in titanium!
Then, the OM-4 Ti added a new function in strobe photography. That’s a Super FP flash mode. In general, the focal plane shutters arrow to use a strobe only under maximum sync speed, as flash fires for a second.
But, in a Super FP flash mode makes it possible to use a strobe by giving the continuous lighting even at high speed. With the F280 flash unit, it enables to permit full synchronization at all focal plane shutter speeds.
The OM-4 Ti Released in 1989 with a Brack Finish
In 1989, a black version of the OM-4 Ti was introduced. In terms of performances, it’s completely the same level as the OM-4 Ti with a champagne finish. However, this black version (the OM-4 Ti/OM-3 Ti) produces such a beautiful atmosphere of the matte finish, which is totally different from what brass finish creates.
The Substantial Last Model in the OM Series
The OLYMPUS OM series had been produced until 2002. Except for this series, OLYMPUS actually introduced an autofocus OM series and OM2000 by Kosina (original equipment manufacturer) during that time.
But, the OM-4 and OM-4 Ti seem to be the true final model of the OLYMPUS OM series, as other models differ from a concept of Yoshihisa Maitani who is a camera innovator of the OM series, and those two models have their own unique features.
In short, there is no doubt that the OM-4 and OM-4 Ti are the hottest selling products as a highest-grade SLR film camera in the OM series.
Let’s Try the High-End Model in the OM Series!
As you have seen the OM-4’s features so far, it can be the culmination of OLYMPUS’s experiences and technologies gained in SLR film camera manufacturing fields.
According to the OLYMPUS’s unique metering system as well as the production technology for SLR film cameras in the 1980s, you will be surely satisfied with the quality without compromise.
The OM-4 also has a miniature lightweight design on the common OM series.
Now, time for you to feel such overall systems of reliable technology by OLYMPUS! ll systems of reliable technology by Olympus!