The first SLR I got is a Cosina Hi-Lite with a fantastic lens (SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4 ). The camera is fully manual with a shutter speed up to 1/1000 s and was first built in the late 1960s.
I really got to know the basics of photography with this camera and I still have it.
Some time later I was searching for an external flash and found an incredible deal on the second hand market including a flash, tripod, some rolls of film and the Olympus OM-10 including 28mm lens – all for around 10 Euros.
The OM-system really appealed to me due to its compact dimensions and vast amount of accessories and lenses, however, I missed some features for manual operation on this camera.
So I finally upgraded to the “flagship” of the OM-series – the OM-4Ti – which is IMO one of the best 35mm SLRs of its time and has some features which some modern SLRs cannot match with: weather sealed Ti-alloy body, multi spot metering, TTL metering up to 240 seconds, etc.
This image was taken using the OM-4Ti at night during a lightning storm and it really surprised me how well the metering of this camera works.