Olympus Camera Library in 70 years (Vol.1)
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The First Olympus Camera - Semi-Olympus I :
The very first camera that carried the name?Olympus was the 120 roll film bellows camera Semi-Olympus I. Only the lens, a fixed Zuiko 75mm F4.5 was made by Olympus; the body was made by The Proud Company, and the shutter was a German Auto Compur. Perhaps this explains the name.
Its successor, the Semi-Olympus II however was a full?Olympus product with a Koho shutter. This body was horizontally orientated and had a rigid finder instead of a folding one.
History of Olympus Cameras : 1936-1970
Olympus established a tradition of quality manufacturing with the development of its microscope. Olympus continued this tradition through the development of camera lenses, starting in 1934. Two years later the Zuiko lens was born. Zuiko lenses were used in the Semi-Olympus and the Olympus-Six, as well as in the Olympus Reflex 2-lens reflex camera. With these cameras, Olympus laid the foundations of its future role as a camera manufacturer.
Olympus Chrome Six I
Olympus Chrome Six IIIA
Olympus Chrome Six RIIA
Olympus Flex I
Olympus 35mm Cameras
In 1948, Olympus introduced the Olympus 35I, the first 35mm camera released on the Japanese domestic market. However, the market for 35mm cameras was still in its formative stages, and for some time Olympus also sold medium-format and twin-lens reflex cameras, such as the Chrome Six and Flex, in addition to the 35I. Eventually 35mm cameras became the dominant products in the market. Olympus expanded the potential of 35mm cameras by introducing a number of innovations, including wide-lens cameras, cameras with built-in exposure meters, and exchangeable lens cameras.
Olympus 35 I
Olympus 35 S-3.5
Olympus Wide Super
Olympus Pen Series
By using the half-frame format, Olympus was able to reduce both the weight and size of the Olympus Pen. It featured a simple rear-winding mechanism, a D-Zuiko lens for superior photographic quality, and an attractive design that also made the camera extremely easy to use. The Pen was a compact mix of innovative ideas that triggered the half-frame camera boom of the 1960s and 1970s. Cumulative sales of Pen Series cameras exceeded 17 million units. The highly original concepts embodied in the Pen Series would eventually lead to the creation of the legendary Pen F Series half-frame single-lens system.
After the introduction of electrical exposure meters, Olympus began to study ways to incorporate EE (electric eye, now known as "AE") functions into its cameras. This work led to the creation the Olympus Auto Eye, the world's first genuine EE camera. EE functions continued to evolve, and subsequent advances included program AE, auto flashmatic and CdS meters.
Olympus Auto Eye
Olympus TRIP 35
- 2. 1948 Antique Cameras : Olympus 35I Camera
- 3. 2002 Olympus Cameras - IS-5000 SLR Camera
- 4. 1948 Antique Cameras - Olympus Chrome Six I (1948)
- 5. 1955 Antique Cameras - Olympus Chrome Six RIIA
- 6. 1959 Antique Cameras - Olympus Cameras in 1959
- 7. 1960 Antique Cameras - Olympus Auto Eye & Pen S
- 8. 1962 Antique Cameras - 1962 Olympus Cameras
- 9. 1963 Antique Cameras - Olympus PEN F + Olympus 35SC
- 10. 1963 Antique Cameras - Olympus PEN F + Olympus 35SC
- 11. 1964 Antique Cameras - Olympus PEN D2 + Olympus Pen W
- 12. 1964 Antique Cameras - Olympus PEN D2 + Olympus Pen W
- 13. 1967 Antique Cameras - 1967 Olympus Cameras Series
- 14. 1969 Antique Cameras - Olympus 35mm Compact Cameras
- 15. 1971 Antique Cameras - Olympus 35mm Camera Series
- 16. 1972 Antique Cameras - Olympus 35mm Camera Series
- 17. 1972 Antique Cameras - Olympus 35mm Camera Series
- 18. 1975 Antique Cameras - 1975 Olympus Camera Series
- 19. 1982 Classic Cameras - 1982 Olympus 35mm Cameras
- 20. 1982 Classic Cameras - 1982 Olympus 35mm Cameras
- 21. 1984 Classic Cameras - 1984 Olympus 35mm SLR Cameras