The focusing screens can only be used with the single-digit OM camera bodies – OM-1(N), OM-2(N), OM-2SP, OM-3(Ti) and OM-4(Ti); the focusing screen in the SC 35, OM-10, OM-20, OM-30 and OM-40 is not interchangeable.
Only one version of each screen is known.
There are two versions of the cleaning brush. The earlier version has a solid, black handle and black bristles. The later version has a hollow, white, translucent handle and white bristles.
There are at least 3 versions of the plastic box. The oldest version has a compatibility table on its base for the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 12 screens. The middle version has a more comprehensive compatibility table that includes the 8, 9 and 10 screens. The latest version does not have a compatibility table on its base.
Matte. Replaced by the 1-4N screen, in which the size of the centre circle was reduced to match the size of the spot-meter area in the OM-4 camera body.
Matte. Replacement for the original 1-4 screen, with the size of the centre circle reduced to match the size of the spot-meter area in the OM-4 camera body.
Fine matte. Similar to the original 1-4 screen, but with a finer matte surface. Originally intended for astrophotography, but also suitable for close-up photography.
Matte with etched horizontal and vertical lines. Similar to the original 1-4 screen, but with 3 horizontal and 5 vertical lines. There is a central vertical line, with the other vertical lines 7mm and 14mm from it. There is a central horizontal line, with the other horizontal lines 7mm from it. Originally intended for use with the shift lenses, but found to be useful for composition and for keeping horizontal and vertical lines in the subject.
Fine matte plus cross-hairs. Similar to the 1-8 screen, but with a small, clear centre circle with double cross-hairs for precise focusing of an aerial image. Intended for use with the Zuiko Auto-Macro 38mm f/2.8, Zuiko Macro 38mm f/3.5, Zuiko Auto-1:1 Macro 80mm f/4 and Zuiko 1:1 Macro 80mm f/4 lenses.
Focusing with the cross-hairs needs a different technique (no-parallax) from focusing on the matte area.
Clear plus cross-hairs. No matte surface. The central circle is larger than in the 1-11 screen, and the cross-hairs are longer and finer. This screen gives a very bright image in the viewfinder, even brighter than the 2-4 screen, and gives the false impression that there is lots of depth of field. Intended for use with the Zuiko Auto-Macro 20mm f/2, Zuiko Macro 20mm f/3.5, Zuiko Auto-Macro 38mm f/2.8 and Zuiko Macro 38mm f/3.5 lenses, and for photomicrography.
When the Focusing Screen 1-12 is used with the Varimagni Finder for photomicrography, the Eye Coupler should be used between the camera’s eyepiece and the Varimagni Finder, in order to prevent cut-off at the corners of the image in the viewfinder.
Focusing with this screen must be carried out using the no-parallax method, which is different from focusing on a matte screen.
This screen is also fitted in the SC 35 Type 12 microscope camera.
Matte. Similar to the 1-4N screen, but approximately 2 stops brighter. Has a larger locating tab, intended to restrict it to use in the OM-2SP, OM-3, OM-3Ti, OM4 and OM-4Ti camera bodies.
The tab can be clipped or filed down to fit in the earlier bodies, and will give correct automatic TTL exposure in the OM-2 and OM-2N bodies.
|Macro 50mm (F2)||△||△|
|Macro 50mm (F3.5)||△|
|Macro 90mm (F2)||△||△|
|Photo Micro Graphy|
|*||Compatible. In marked combinations microprism, split-image prism and edges of the finder will darken.|
|△||Compatible. In marked combinations the built-in exposure meter of the OM-1(N) and OM-2(N) will not indicate correct exposure.|
|The 2-4 and 2-13 cannot be mounted on the OM-1(N) or OM-2(N).|
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