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Olympus IS-5 Review

The Olympus IS-5 Deluxe is an all in one SLR zoom, or more commonly known as a 'bridge' camera.  At first glance it seems like a slightly upgraded version of the IS-30 DLX, reviewed here, the main differences seemingly being the longer zoom and the full manual controls you get with the IS-5.  However, both cameras are quite different when compared closely; the bodies, controls, lenses and even the shutter mechanisms are different.  With that said, there are some similarities too, but mostly internal like exposure times, shooting modes and flash use.

The Olympus IS-5 is the perfect camera for the hobbyist or advanced amateur that wants complete control over their camera, but without having to bother with changing lenses.  This relatively small SLR...

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Olympus IS-30 DLX review

I've probably owned north of 100 film cameras just in the last ten years, and the Olympus IS-30 DLX is one of, if not thee best 35mm film camera bargain out there. This camera goes for an astonishingly low price on ebay, and picking up a decent working model will set you back about the same as a burger and fries at McDonald's.

The Olympus IS-30 has an excellent 28-110mm fixed zoom lens, along with all the conveniences and necessities that we demand today for our expensive digital cameras; such as predictive AF, TTL phase-difference detection system; TTL light metering and fuzzy logic ESP metering for back-lit scenes and ±2ev exposure compensation.  Also included are; auto advance, rewind and loading; powerful flash with high speed sync; aperture priority mode and a whole lot more.

The exposure system is first rate, and it nails slide film just as good as the Nikon 35Ti with its fancy matrix metering.  This super zoom bridge type camera focuses exceptionally fast...

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Minolta AF 35mm F/2 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 35mm F/2 lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 35mm F/2 Box contents
Front and rear caps, user’s manual, hood and possibly a hard case. Cost $550-$700 used, at the time of this review.  Check the price trend here. Build quality Very good Additional information
Similar in design

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Original and Restyled Lens Differences

Minolta AF 35mm F/2 new or “restyled” version and the Minolta AF 35mm F/2 original version comparison

These two lenses have identical optical designs, but there has been some upgrading to the new or “restyled” version.  The new version gets a better coating on some of the lens glass surfaces to reduce flare and ghosting.  There is a circular aperture…

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Sony 35mm F/1.4 G Lens Review

Here’s a brief look at the Sony 35mm F/1.4 G lens.  Scroll down for the review. Lens SAL-35F14G  Sony 35mm F/1.4 Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, soft case and users manual. Cost $1498 retail Build quality Very good Additional information
Re-badged and slightly upgraded Minolta lens from the late 1990s.  Optical design dates back to the late 80s.…

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