Olympus

Olympus Écru – Camera Review

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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

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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

A skeptic at heart, I’d been side-eying the Olympus Mju II for a long time. As prices for this tiny point-and-shoot camera from the 1990s continued to climb over the last few years, my incredulity…

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

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Hype can kill. We’re no strangers to the phenomenon here. We’ve tested plenty of popular cameras that have failed to support the weight of expectation and popular opinion, and it’s always disappointing to shoot a…

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These are the Best Beach Cameras Just in Time for Summer

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Summer (for those of us in the northern hemisphere) is almost here, and while the sun, the sand, and the sea can be glorious for our bodies and minds they can be murder on delicate…

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

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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

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On the strength of unexpected celebrity endorsements and the more predictable overzealous hype created by bloggers and YouTubers, the compact point-and-shoot bubble has now reached full bloat. Contax T series prices have risen to more…

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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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Yoshihisa Maitani – The Man Who Made Olympus

2200 1237 James Tocchio

What makes a person successful? The admiration of one’s peers? The realization of one’s ambitions and designs? Decades of professional coups? If these are the measures of success, famed Olympus camera designer Yoshihisa Maitani measured…

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Desert Island Cameras No. 02 – Olympus Edition

2000 1125 James Tocchio

We’re back with another installment of Desert Island Cameras, the recurring article in which we answer the question, “If you could only have one, which would it be?” That’s right – in a quest to…

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Five Best Affordable Rangefinder Cameras

2000 1125 Josh Solomon

Rangefinders. The mere mention of this type of camera inspires visions of the erstwhile street shooter; a clandestine spirit who is here and not here, never participating but always observing. We imagine these shooters gripping their German…

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Olympus Infinity Stylus (Mju) – Point and Shoot Camera Review

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The Olympus Infinity (Mju) line is one of the most-hyped families of cameras in analog photography. Google the name and nearly every resultant post will gush about the entire range, with tall tales of a…

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