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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