Olympus M1 black paint 1972

Olympus M1 black paint 1972
Olympus M1 black paint 1972

One of the rarest Japanese cameras ever made - Olympus M-1 in original black paint finish

Designed by a team led by Yoshihisa Maitani and originally branded as M1, then Leica contested the name M1, as their flagship rangefinder cameras are known as the M Series, which forced Olympus to rename the Olympus M1 to Olympus OM-1 to further clarify between the brands. Because of this, today bodies and lenses with the original M name are rare (52000 bodies were made according to Olympus) and sought after by collectors.

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