Modern Classic SLRs Series :
OM T32 Electronic Flash Unit
Instruction Manual Part 2


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Describtion of Controls: Loading the Batteries Insert four 1.5V AA size batteries properly. There are available UM-3 type manganese batteries, AM-3 type alkaline batteries, and NR-AA type Ni-Cd batteries. Alkaline batteries last about 4 times longer than manganese batteries.

Ther are a few more ways to power the T32: 1) via Bounce Grip which can store (1) 1.5V 'C' battery x 4 inside Power Bounce Grip 2 (incl. Ni-Cd if you use Power Bouce Grip version 2 but it is NOT usable with Grip 1) (2) or AC house current via Electronic Flash AC Adapter 2. Third party product

Checking the Batteries Switch the T32 "ON". Wait until charge signal lights on. After confirmation, switch the T32 "OFF".


Reversing the Calculator Panel Press the button and remove the calculator panel. Slide the calculator panel to the left as far as it will go, until it clicks into place * Blank for OM-2 and -2N (TTL Auto/Manual); F number/Distance scale for OM-1, -1N, -10 and cameras other than OM (Normal Auto/Manual).

Mounting the T32 to camera Slide the T32 into the accessory shoe and turn the lock knob in the direction of the arrow to lock the flash in position.

TTL Centralised Control Flash Using T32 for older OM2 series bodies which would require a Detachable Accessory Shoe: OM2n (OM2)

If the indentification mark engraved on the top plate of your camera is "OM-2" (and not "OM-2N"), set the synchro terminal to "X" by aligning the red dot on the X and FP selector lever with the "X" indication on the flash socket. Your camera performs TTL Centralized Control Flash with Shoe 3 as described in the following pages, but the charge/auto check indication is not seen in the viewfinder.

Preparation and Setup: With the calculator panel in the 'full automatic control by OM-2' position, turn the power switch to the "ON" position. Set the camera's selector lever to "AUTO".





Checking Charge Signal Wait until the charge signal lights on. The charge signal can be seen both on the viewfinder and on the back of the T32.

Selecting an aperture for your exposure Any aperture can be used for TTL AUTO Flash photography with the T32 and the OM-2. For average indoor flash photography the aperture setting at F5.6 will provide good results.




Taking the Picture

Focus and press the shutter release.

For direct flash, set the flash diffuser window in the front position (0° tilting).

Checking Correct AUTO flash Operation

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The correct auto flash signal can be seen both in the viewfinder and on the back of the T32. If the signal light blinks repeatedly, the picture was properly exposed by flash. If the signal light does not blink but instead goes out, the subject is too far. Choose a larger aperture or get closer to the subject.

Shooting without flash light If you want to take pictures with existing light, turn the T32 off; the charge lamp goes out and the T32 will not fire even when the capacitor is fully charged.

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If the signal stays lit (the T32 did not fire): The subject is bright enough and the picture was taken properly by existing light. The flash light was not needed. In case exposure must be achieved by flash illumination: Turn the aperture ring until the meter needle points to 1/30 sec. or slower, and shoot.

Advance Techniques using the flash with your OM2n (OM2)


Direct Flash
Bounce Flash

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Bounce Flash is easy with TTL Auto method

Determine the bounce angle so that direct light does not hit the subject.

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Close-Up Flash
So is close-up flash photography.

Tilt the flash diffuser window 15° downward by sliding the knob to the right. Note: It is always recomennded to add some form of diffusion in front of the flash tube to tame the strong intensity projects from the flash for close up work.

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Flash Exposure Compensation

To compensate dark background
To compensate bright background

Turn the dial to the(-) side.
Turn the dial to the (+) side.

Note: Flash exposure compensation is recommended IF the ratio of your subject of interest to the picture frame is exccessively small and in situations where subject is placed or positioned in front of a dark or white background to avoid over exposure or underexposure. The principle stays the same for falsh or ambient light photography where the metering cell could be fooled by the reading.

Manual Flash with OM-2N (OM-2), (GN32- Full OUPUT): Set the camera's selector lever to "MANUAL". Select the F-number and set the aperture ring.

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Select the aperture based on flash-to-subject distance and with a guide number of 32 (ASA 100, meters) or 104 (ASA 100,feet). Set the shutter speed to 1/30 sec. * The OM-2 synchronizes with electronic flash at the shutter speed of 1/60 sec. or slower. However, to eliminate any possibility of accidental dial shifting, it is recommended you use the 1/30 sec. setting.

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Switch the T32 "ON", and press the shutter release after the signal light begins to glow. The signal light goes out to indicate that full power output has been emitted.

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