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olympia el1124 35mm camera

by Olympia

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  • focus free 35mm camera
  • colour viewfinder-deluxe electronic flash
  • case with shoulder strap
  • red eye reduction
  • auto wind and rewind

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Manufacturer reference: EL1124
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Oct. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,391 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony M on 28 April 2013
I was given this by a friend who said that he had an Olympus camera that he had never used, i thought Great, might be able to use the lens on my canon.....Didn't hurt his feelings when i received it, but I think 'Crap' would be a good description for this. it's a childs toy I think being kind to it........ One star is over generous.....
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not a camera - a useless toy 13 Jun. 2009
By Medical Marketing Maven - Published on Amazon.com
Most of you have probably seen toy cellphones and laptops, designed to give tots the feeling that they have something "just like Daddy's."

This product is the toy camera for such children.

This Chinese-made toy camera is routinely seen on eBay, Craig's List, flea markets and other places, always under names that sound to those who don't know cameras to be like a major brand - "Olympia" to sound like Olympus, "Cannon" to sound like Canon, etc. It looks like an SLR in a photograph, but it's just a design illusion. It has a small, optically useless viewing device - it cannot be called a "viewfinder" because it really doesn't help you find the view.

Out of curiosity, for a price well below $62 ($8 at a flea market) I purchased one as a challenge, to see what kind of photos it would make. Answer: Awful. Underexposed, blurry, streaked and fogged by light leaks. Frame-spacing changes as the roll is advanced.

I've been told you can buy these for around $2 each in quantities of 25 on Broadway and the low 20s in NYC. There's a street vendor I recall selling these near Lexington Ave. in the 50s, but I don't recall what he was charging.

Take a hammer to it and you will see it contains a block of metal designed to give it weight. One must wonder if this metal contains any lead, for it does appear pretty heavy for its dimensions.

I'm astonished to see this on Amazon.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Olympia Deluxe 35mm Camera 27 Jan. 2009
By Kenneth Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, what a misleading picture of a product. In the ad the camera looks great, like it would be a fantastic buy. When I received the camera, the first thing I noticed was that it is made entirely out of plastic. The picture looks much better than the product. I was very disappointed as I was getting it to trade my daughter for a older Canon model. I would not recommend this product to anyone. I do not have the pictures back yet to see what kind of quality the camera makes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Can you vote NO stars? 9 May 2011
By Mary Beth H. Westward - Published on Amazon.com
I wish I could have rated this "not worthy of a single star". Amazon is a great company. I am shocked that they would allow this crap on their site. This is major FALSE advertising. "Advanced Camera to Meet your Professional Requirements" ... Are they KIDDING? This is actually worse that a childs camera that you could buy at Toys'r'Us. At lease a childs camera is listed for $30 and you pay $30 and you know what you are getting. Also, the fact that they used the name Olympia is like the street vendors in NYC that sell purses that say PRADO ( with an O). This company is peddling garbage to people who don't know better. Such a shame. Amazon needs to give these guys the boot.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If You're Into Toy Cameras... 17 Jun. 2011
By Jenpar - Published on Amazon.com
The Olympia is like looking at a hooker through beer goggles. The massive camera body and flash make it look oh-so credible and much, much prettier than it actually is. It even comes with a trusty looking bag. Then you take it home and find out it's made of cheap-o plastic and the pictures are grainy and otherworldly and you're immediately filled with regret and shame. If you're looking for a quality SLR, this is not your camera and if I could give less than zero stars I would.

HOWEVER, if you like this sort of thing (and I do), this camera is awesome. The Olympia is designed to appeal to the "lomography" and lo-fi aesthetic, along the lines of Holga and Diana.

Here's a clue that it's not a quality SLR - it costs $19.98. Bottom line: it's a cheap piece of crap, but if that's what you're looking for and you like toy cameras I give it four stars.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great camera for the price, as long as you do your homework 26 Jun. 2010
By Greg - Published on Amazon.com
I have read the other reviews about this camera and would agree with their comments. But that is the point of the camera! This camera fits into the niche called "lomo" or photography with "toy" cameras. The pictures you can expect to get have an ethereal and slightly fuzzy around the edges image with very low contrast. As long as you do your homework and know that the camera is best suited for that market niche I think you will like the results. I typically shoot B&W film in mine and love the dreamy quality it provides. However forget the flash unit, the one I received with my camera has proven to be virtually useless.
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