Rokkor, Nikkor, Takumar and Zuiko – The Stories Behind Japanese Lens Names

2560 1440 Josh Solomon

What’s with those names? Josh briefly tells us the origins of lens brand names such as Nikkor, Zuiko, Rokkor, and Takumar.

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My Three Half Frame Cameras – Canon Demi, Konica EYE, Olympus Pen EES

1330 748 Craig Sinclair

Thoughts on the half frame film camera from Craig, and his experiences with the Canon Demi, the Konica EYE, and the Olympus Pen.

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Five Best Digital Cameras for People Who Love Film Cameras

1512 1008 James Tocchio

High quality film cameras feel great. Digital cameras don’t always feel so good. Here are five digital cameras that feel as good as the good old days.

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The Olympus 35 SP – Ansel Adams’ Point and Shoot?

2800 1575 Cory Miller

A review of the Olympus 35 SP, a tiny, extremely capable 35mm film rangefinder camera with a built-in spot meter!

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Olympus Écru – Camera Review

2800 1575 James Tocchio

In 1991, Olympus released an unusual point-and-shoot film camera. They called it the Écru, a French word that, according to Google, means “raw” and according to my French friends means “off-white, not quite beige.” In…

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Olympus Zuiko 40mm F/2 Lens Review – Maitani’s Smallest Zuiko

2800 1575 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

I’ve spent the past few months shooting a rare and interesting lens from Olympus’ glory days, the Olympus Zuiko 40mm F/2 in OM mount. This lens combines many of the things that photo geeks (past…

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Olympus XA4 Macro Review – Great Things in Small Packages

3000 1688 Charlotte Davis

In 1985, my parents decided they wanted a small camera to take with them on holiday to Portugal – a hot and sunny getaway before the birth of their first child (hello) threw their lives…

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The Essentials – A Guide to the Best of Olympus Camera Systems

3000 1687 James Tocchio

Lusting after rare Nikons and Contaxes keeps me in occasional blinders. But every now and then, one of the writers here sends me a wakeup call. This happened the other day when Dustin, our resident…

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Olympus Mju II Review – a Skeptical Look at a Cult Favorite

3000 1688 James Tocchio

We review the Olympus Mju II (Infinity Stylus Epic), one of the most popular point and shoot 35mm film cameras firing today.

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We Review Maitani’s Masterpiece, the Olympus XA Rangefinder Camera

5316 2991 Josh Solomon

The Olympus XA is a compact 35mm film rangefinder camera, and the best of the Olympus XA series of compact cameras. Sample shots and details here.

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The Best Beach Cameras Just in Time for Summer – Updated

2400 1350 James Tocchio

James has put together a list of his favorite waterproof and underwater film and digital cameras for summertime fun!

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The Olympus O-Product is a Beautiful and Unusual Point-and-Shoot Film Camera

2400 1350 James Tocchio

Holding and shooting the Olympus O-Product, I get the feeling its designer didn’t give a damn about what other camera companies were creating. A little research confirms my intuition. In a 1989 interview in Popular…

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Some Alternatives to Those Over-Priced Compact Point and Shoots

2200 1237 James Tocchio

The Mju II, Contax T series, and Yashica T4 and T5s are some of the priciest (we might say over-priced) point and shoots. Here are some alternatives.

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Olympus 35 RD – Olympus’ Final 40mm Rangefinder

2200 1238 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

It was 1975 when Olympus made the call to launch their final Hail Mary in the competitive 40mm fixed-lens rangefinder game. Olympus engineers aimed to better the already well-received Olympus 35 SP and replace it…

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