Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Olympus FTL

The Olympus FTL was a mechanical, 35mm, SLR film camera introduced in 1971 by Olympus. The FTL featured a 42mm screw mount. It was a classical single-lens-reflex camera equipped with a mechanical focal plane shutter, an eye-level pentaprism, and quick return reflex mirror. It had a through-the-lens metering system that was powered by one 1.3volt battery (an Eveready E625, Mallory RM-625R, or a GE No625). Film advance was through a rapid film advance lever in a single stroke per frame. Shutter speeds ranged from 1 to 1/1000th of a second, plus Bulb; flash synchronization x was at 1/60th.

Specifications for the Olympus FTL

Type: 35mm, SLR film camera
Lens mount: Praktica lens mount (42mm screw)
Lens: Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 standard lens
Shutter: mechanically-controlled, horizontal run, focal plane shutter
Viewfinder: eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with microprism center spot on fresnel lens
Mirror: quick return
Self-timer: built-in, 10second-delay