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Movie Friday: A tribute to the Olympus OM-1 on its fiftieth anniversary: Digital Images Assessment


The Olympus OM-1 modified the way in which photographers seen SLRs – small is also critical (Picture by Jim Gray)

In honor of the 50-year anniversary of the Olympus OM-1, Kosmo Foto founder Stephen Dowling has written up a complete tribute to the digital camera that redefined what an SLR digital camera might be by maintaining the design easy and compact with out sacrificing an excessive amount of performance.

As we’ve coated earlier than, the Olympus OM-1 wasn’t the unique plan. Olympus designer Yoshihisa Maitani had initially conceptualized and finally developed a prototype for a digital camera that we now know was referred to as the Olympus OM-X. This digital camera was related in model to Hasselblad cameras, however used 35mm movie as an alternative of the 120 rolls its medium format counterpart used.

Maitaini’s unique idea was for a modular digital camera very like the 120-format Hasselblad (Picture by Olympus Japan)

Sadly, that design proved too sophisticated to supply at scale, so it stopped on the prototype stage. Ultimately, Maitani settled on making the OM-1, a digital camera he had envisioned as an extremely compact 35mm digital camera from the get-go. So small, in truth, that he used the Nikon F because the measuring stick and instructed his engineers that he wished the OM-1 to be 20-percent smaller in all dimensions and weigh simply half of what the Nikon F did.

Though not straightforward, the Olympus group finally pulled by with Maitani on the helm, delivering a digital camera that measured solely marginally bigger than his unique idea. To realize this, Maitani and his group used new applied sciences and supplies to take advantage of each element.

A Nineteen Seventies advert which emphasises the OM-1’s quiet shutter (Picture by Nesster/Flickr)

Ultimately, the digital camera was revealed on the Photokina photographic honest in Cologne, West Germany, in Could 1972. The primary models began arriving at shops slightly below a yr later in February 1973. Regardless of going through competitors from the similarly-named Leica M1, significantly within the European market, the OM-1 began what Dowling refers to as an ‘arms race’ amongst the opposite main digital camera producers, paving the way in which for the likes of the Canon A-1 and others.

Dowling concludes the article saying the OM-1 is ‘a testomony to Maitani’s talent at discovering new instructions in digital camera design.’ To learn Dowlings full tribute, which incorporates intensive quantities of particulars and pictures not featured right here, head on over to Kosmo Foto:

Olympus OM-1: The small, quiet revolution in SLR design


About Movie Fridays: We have launched an analog discussion board and in a unbroken effort to advertise the enjoyable of the medium, we’ll be sharing film-related content material on Fridays, together with articles from our buddies at 35mmc and KosmoFoto.

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