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Olympus film SLR camera eye-level finder design!



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We have introduced film SLR camera eye-level finders from various manufacturers, and now we will introduce the eye-level finder design of a manual-focus film SLR camera released by Olympus in 1979.

OLYMPUS OM10 (Reference product)

This film SLR camera with a steel black body was released in 1979.

Front. The maker’s logo is an engraved type.

This is an angle from the diagonal front.

The design emphasizes the manufacturer’s logo.

View from the side. The top of the top edge is gently sloped from the top to the rear.
The accessory shoe is the same height as the top edge and does not protrude.

Top surface. An accessory shoe is embedded.

Backside. The sleek design and the top dimensions of the accessory shoe fit smartly in the rear view.

View from diagonally behind.
You can see the simple design with few curved surfaces.

In this article, we introduced the eye-level finder of Olympus’ 1979 release manual-focus SLR camera.

I have seen eye-level finder designs from various manufacturers, and most of them have a strong presence in manual focus cameras. I think it has something to do with the fact that the body is made of steel.

Gradually, from the late 1980s to the 1990s, auto-focus cameras were released with plastic bodies and eye-level finders with a curved design.

Along with these changes, the manufacturer’s logo changed from an engraved type to a printed type, and the size of the logo also changed to a smaller size. The history of these changes will also be introduced here. 

We will also continue to write columns on eye-level finders from manufacturers that have not yet appeared in the market, so please look forward to them.

Thank you again for reading this column.

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Writer Takashi Okumura