Olympus IS-100 all in one slr: information, please?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by Galah, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Galah

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    I have come across this unit for sale, but was unable to access any real information ablut its history (e.g., year of manufacture, etc) -except, oddly in Dutch and German web-pages, and e-Bay and its kind, of course- and one on-line user's manual. It isn't even mentioned on the Olympus History site (was it actually made by Olympus:confused:?)

    Comments and links to user-reviews appreciated.:smile:

    Thanks.
     
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    It's a great item. I have the top-of-the-line IS-3000 version. It has great optics, with an integral 35 to 180mm lens. I'm not sure what zoom range the 100 version has. They were made around 1993 to 1996 or so. Mine has required servicing a couple of times, usually related to various electronics, but I would still buy one if the price were low enough.
     
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    Thanks for responding, Kevin.

    I didn't realize there was a whole "line" of these. They are not mentioned in the Olympus History web page nor on Camerapedia:confused:.

    The IS-100 has a range of 28-110mm.

    I think I will take a closer look at the one being offered (locally):smile:.

    From what I can tell, so far, they seem to be very similarly featured to the current crop of digital "pro-sumer" cams, as well as the upcoming "EVIL" cams (except they use film and have an OVF, rather than an EVF).

    One site referred to them as "ZLR"s (zoom single lens reflex). Actually, this would make a better acronym for the new "EVIL" cams.

    Thanks.
     
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    Yes, there were three in the range, and Olympus did promote them as ZLRs.
     
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    Went for the 1000 instead of the 100.

    Kevin,

    As you may see (another thread on this forum), I have pusrchased an Olympus iS-1000 (instead of the iS-100), as it appears to have more features.

    Any comments on this one?:smile:
     
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    I'm not really sure what came when, model-wise. I vaguely recall that first there was the iS-1, iS-2 and iS3, and then the iS100, 200 and 300, and then the iS1000, 2000 and 3000. Mine is the iS-3000 and I know for sure that was the last model, so it kind of makes sense that the iS-1000 has a few more features than the iS-100, if my logic and/or memory makes any sense.