Olympus iS-3 DLX 35mm SLR Film Camera

The Olympus iS-3 DLX is an all-in-one SLR camera with a wicked sharp 35-180mm ED zoom lens. I got this beast as a virtual freebee when I purchased a large Olympus kit from someone local who was giving up film in favor of digital. He and I agreed this wasn't worth very much even back around 2007 when I made that transaction. It looks more like some wierd sci-fi rocketship/racecar than it does a camera. But as I began fiddling around with it and researching it online, I started to think it would be worth a try. Although it was never going to be a long-term keeper for me (due simply to it's monsterous size and weight), I became quite impressed with what it was capable of - especially the lens, which is blindingly sharp in my opinion.

Olympus iS-3 DLX 35mm SLR Film Camera

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LIKES: The lens is the star attraction here, folks. Olympus engineers (unkowningly at the time I'm sure) threw everything they had at this lens to try to make you NOT like it - it's permanently attached to the camera, it's a power zoom, and at f/4.5-5.6 it's not exactly fast. Thank goodness for this poor beast that they did one thing right - they made it amazingly sharp; beyond that, it does have good ergonomics with a comfortable grip (thank goodness for that too).

DISLIKES: In Monty Python style... I have ONE dislike, and that is SIZE! [What about weight?] Right, I have TWO dislikes, and they are SIZE and WEIGHT! [What about the power zoom?] Right! I have THREE dislikes, and they are SIZE, WEIGHT, and POWER ZOOM. [What about the slow lens?] Right! I have FOUR dislikes, and they are SIZE, WEIGHT, POWER ZOOM, and SLOWNESS. Right, enough of that silliness!

I could talk more about other specs and features... but what's the point - it's a very capable camera with a slow but super sharp power zoom. And if you're willing to lug it around you can get one for practically nothing these days and you'll get incredibly sharp photos with it (assuming it's working correctly).

View of the Maine State Pier, Portland, Maine - click for an Olympus iS-3 DLX sample photo gallery

Above: View of the Maine State Pier and Casco Bay Ferry Terminal (green building on right) from the top of the parking garage along Commercial Street in Portland, Maine's Old Port. Shot with an Olympus iS-3 DLX and Kodak Ultramax 400 color print film.

View a gallery of sample photos taken with the Olympus iS-3 DLX 35mm SLR Camera

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