I have many Olympus cameras in my collection. The reason is that you can’t really go wrong with Olympus…..Can you? Well, so far I haven’t. So, when I came across this IS-1000 with loaded Kodak Gold Ultra 400 for just a fiver (despite being so ugly), I had to buy it! The camera itself looks like a typical bridge digital camera, long zoom range, plenty of controls at the back, SLR style viewfinder that is only clear when camera it’s powered up and reasonably comfortable grip. It sat for few weeks in the large box of all sorts before I decided to use it.
I believe when you load the film it will take it out the spool and then roll it back with every photo (please correct me if I’m wrong). That, the age of the film and storage contributed to quality of the photos, but after shooting mainly expired film I don’t expect miracles. There is no difference with this film; colour shift, not sensitive to the light as it should and curls inside after home developing.
When I bought the camera, I never planned to keep it, so decided to use all 36 exposures in one day. I took it for a walk around Glasgow and finished the roll in probably less than 45 minutes. The camera itself is really easy to use for amateur. In the end, I still think you can’t go wrong with Olympus. If you can sacrifice the look and as long as the camera costs less than a tenner… go for it. You won’t be disappointed.
You can find a few more words about this camera here on Canny Cameras
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5 thoughts on “5 Frames with Olympus IS-1000 and the film it came with – by Matt Krajewski”
Nice. The pic with the old girls at the crossing reminds me of old children’s books from the public library. How do you expose and develop for a film to which you don’t know the age? I take it the era of the camera gives a rough baseline.
Hi Crispin. Thanks for the comment.
Thats my favourite photo from the camera as well.
Regarding the exposure and developing for aged film, I tend to set ISO 1 or 2 stop down if the camera allows (most of the compact cameras dont have that option). There are some recommendations from different forums to go 1 stop down for every decade after the expiry date (if the film was stored properly). Hence i tend to overexpose 2stops as you never know how it was stored in the camera.
I also tend to exted the developer time by 30sec to 1min on most of the expired films.
Saying that, with most of the film I experience some colour shift and that some negatives have green or orange shade.(usually Kodak 400)
You got some fine results and interesting color balance. Based on my experience with thrift shop cameras, you are lucky that the old film inside would advance and rewind without issue. I’ve had a few where the film had assumed a certain shape and rigidity from sitting several years in one position. Attempts to advance it caused the sprocket holes to tear, and the film to remain resolutely in place!
Thanks! I recently used Konica EE-Matic where film became a bit more fragile and when advancig last frame, the film almost tear all the way through. However, the results were very pleasant with minimum color shift. (I’ll write about it next)
Never judge a book by it’s cover. It is an ugly camera, though.