"Do you really need another Olympus film camera?"
Well, no. I don't need it, per se. However, after getting to know my Olympus OM2n over the past 6 months, I've come to love the OM mount Olympus film cameras. Mainly for their super accurate metering. As someone that's new to film photography, and still getting comfortable overall with the exposure triangle, it's nice to have a safety net with in-camera light metering. I haven't taken a terribly exposed shot yet with these cameras - unless, of course, I forgot to check the metering altogether.
"Why would you get the OM10, if you already have an OM2n? Isn't that a downgrade?"
I don't see it that way. I see it as another kind of shooting experience. While I have about 4 good OM lenses that I have been previously using on my OM2n and my digital E-PL7 (adapted), I thought it frugal to be able to use them on another body. See, the OM10 is, for the most part, an aperture priority body. That means, all I have to do is set my aperture, check the metered shutter speed to get a sense of how long of an exposure it's going to be (and how still I need to remain), and I'm good to shoot. A little less thought and tinkering than setting both the shutter and aperture on the OM2n. Now, the OM2n does have an aperture priority mode, as well. However, I just don't use it much. For me, the OM2n is most fun when used in full manual. The other thing is, there's a little "manual adapter" that you can get for the OM10 that does provide you control over the shutter speed. However, that did not come with this $25 (yep! shipped!) eBay camera and I was okay with that. Because, my intent in purchasing this steal of a camera was to use it more whimsically than I would the OM2n.
"I still don't think you needed to have both cameras."
Yeah, well, I probably didn't. But the fact is that these are so cheap and readily available that they're hard to pass up. Because, one of the things that I enjoy most about these OM cameras are their aesthetic. They look great. My epl7 is no match. It's just not. Do I think the digital PEN body looks good? Sure it does. It's simple, sleek and uber portable. However, once you add on the viewfinder, shit gets ugly pretty fast. Not that I use the VF on the PEN all that often, but when you compare it to the OM10 here, that protruding bulge doesn't exactly scream sexy.
To me, for $25, the OM10 could just sit there on a shelf lookin' pretty and it'd have been worth it. But that's not what's going to happen. Putting my first roll through it now. Pictures to follow.