Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom

The Camedia series of cameras were made for a long time by Olympus and ranged from some quite simple point and shoot units to much more sophisticated  cameras. The Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom is certainly towards the top end of that line. Olympus Camedia C-5050 Images My Olympus Camedia C-5050 I paid a total of £11-30 for this camera which, considering the quality of the unit is a fantastic buy. I bought it because it is in the same family […]

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My top camera finds of 2016

It is customary at the end of the year to look forward to what you hope will happen in the coming year and look back on what happened in the last year. This year has been turbulent for many reasons, but from the point of view of collecting vintage cameras, in order to restore normality I’ve written about me top camera finds of 2016. 2016 Top camera finds The year started with me feeling as though I’d found an old […]

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Olympus Camedia E-20P Digital SLR

The Olympus Camedia E-20P digital single lens reflex is a 5Mp camera made by Olympus in late 2001. It is a fixed lens camera, with a fast 9 to 36mm f/2 lens (35 to 140mm in full frame terms), an articulated LCD screen as well as an optical viewfinder, a host of picture taking options and a very solid construction. Olympus Camedia E-20P Images My Olympus Camedia E-20P Camera A while ago I got into vintage digital cameras and started looking […]

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Olympus OM-40 35mm slr camera

The Olympus OM-40 was the top camera in the Olympus manual focus amateur offering in the early 1980’s. The first in the line was the OM-10 which featured only aperture priority auto exposure (although a manual adapter was made available as an option to plug in and allow shutter speeds to be also set). The next model was the OM-20 which had both manual and aperture priority exposure modes and this was followed by the OM-30 which had a primitive […]

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Olympus E500 sample pictures

Over the last few days I’ve taken my Olympus E500 with me on various walks and on a trip to Cambridge I had to make for work. In this post I’m going to publish the best of the Olympus E500 sample pictures I took and give my impressions of shooting with this camera. Olympus E500 sample pictures The first thing which struck me about using the camera wasn’t really a feature of the camera at all but a feature of […]

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Olympus Evolt E500 digital slr

The Olympus Evolt E-5xx series was a very successful line of consumer level, digital slr cameras for Olympus which started with the subject of this post, the Olympus Evolt E500. Olympus Evolt E500 Images My Olympus Evolt E500 Camera I paid just over £30 for this camera and was worried that I’d paid too much for it. I paid that much because the E series (particularly the E-520, but all are good) has been on my wish list for a […]

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Fixing an Olympus OM2 Spot Program stuck shutter

A few weeks ago I purchased an Olympus OM2 Spot Program 35mm SLR to add to my collection of Olympus cameras. Fully working OM2 SP cameras can command quite a high price, so rather than spend the £50 to £100 a working camera would cost, I bought a non working version for £20 instead. Since that included a 50mm f/1.8 Zuiko lens I thought that wasn’t a bad deal. The particular problem described was that the film advance and shutter […]

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Olympus OM-1n reassembly

In my last post I described the process I followed to strip my Olympus OM-1n down to clean the shutter and film transport mechanism. In this post I’m going to describe the Olympus OM-1n reassembly and how I made sure everything was still working. Once I had the shutter mechanism cleaned up I tried all the speeds to check how accurate they were. At this point I got a bit confused because there seem to be more shutter speed positions […]

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Olympus OM-1n strip down

The Olympus OM-1 was an iconic camera of the mid 1970s which started a trend towards smaller, lighter 35mm cameras. I bought a non-working example of the OM-1n version with a shutter/film advance problem to see if I could repair it, and this post describes the Olympus OM-1n Strip Down process and repair I carried out. When I received the camera I confirmed that the shutter and film transport had indeed siezed up with the film advance locked and the […]

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Olympus OM-2 sample pictures

Yesterday I loaded up my Olympus OM-2 with a reel of Kodak colourplus 200 colour film and headed off to the sailing lake in Stevenage at Fairlands Valley Park to give the camera a test run. Since the OM-2 is a camera which I’ve wanted to own since I was a teenager, I was interested to see how it actually performed when I could finally take it out for a film test. The pictures below show the Olympus OM-2 sample […]

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Olympus OM-2 slr camera review

This is my review and impressions of a camera I first wanted to buy about 40 years ago when I started work and wanted to get myself a ‘good’ camera. Unfortunately at the time I couldn’t afford it but now I’ve managed to pick one up for a fraction of what it would have cost me then so I finally own – an Olympus OM-2. Olympus OM-2 Images Pictures taken with this camera can be viewed here. My Olympus OM-2 […]

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Olympus [mju:] II zoom 115 review

This is a review of the Olympus [mju:] II zoom 115, a 35mm point and shoot compact camera with auto focus, automatic exposure and a 3 zone meter. Olympus [mju:] II zoom Images My Olympus [mju:] II zoom 115 Camera I have to say this is an unusual camera for me to buy. I don’t normally bother with the compact, point and shoot end of the 35mm market, but I saw this in a charity shop and had a vague […]

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Olympus OM-20 35mm slr review

This is my review of the Olympus OM-20 35mm single lens reflex camera which was made about 1983 and was, for a long time, the camera I used for all my photography. Olympus OM-20 Images My Olympus OM-20 Camera I have to say this is a review that I’ve been wanting to write for a long time but couldn’t because I didn’t own an OM-20. Let me explain – I bought an Olympus OM-20 when they originally came out sometime […]

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Olympus Pen EE-2 half frame camera

This Olympus Pen EE-2 is a pocket size, half frame, 35mm camera which I’ve owned for quite a long time but only recently got round to looking at. In fact, although it was described as being in ‘good condition’, when I received it I found the front lens assembly was unscrewed, the shutter didn’t work and the aperture blades were frozen. Olympus Pen EE-2 Images My Olympus Pen EE-2 Camera This weekend however, I was sorting through some of my […]

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Olympus Trip 35 camera

This is a review of the latest addition to my camera collection – the Olympus Trip 35. Sample pictures taken with this camera are here. Olympus Trip 35 Images My Olympus Trip 35 Camera I have been really looking forward to receiving this camera since I bought it on eBay for £12.50. This is an iconic camera from the 1970’s which I really wanted to own when they were first introduced but couldn’t afford to buy one. The first thing which […]

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