Monday, May 16, 2011

#4 Olympus IS2 DLX

Olympus IS2 DLX(3)

Olympus IS2 DLX aka IS2000 and L-2000
This one was originally bought by my friend Mário Azevedo, in a trip to NY.

This model was brand new when he bought it in 1992 and it was a wonder a SLR with a zoom from a modest wide-angle to a nice portrait tele-photo, built-in flash, programs and manual customization to every taste.

I have to confess that I was a little jealous when I saw it for the first time. 

At the time I had a Nikon F-301, with lenses, speedlight...

With the children it was difficult to carry around all that gear, exchange lenses...
So I was talking with Mário and he was telling me that he wanted to get a Nikon, I suggested a trade and he accepted. I gave him my bag and he gave me his, with this inside:

Olympus IS2 DLX (1)

Olympus IS2 DLX (2)

Olympus IS2 DLX (5)

I don't recall missing a shot, due to exposure error, with this camera.
If it wasn't for the advent of digital cameras, I think this one would still be "my camera"

Main Features:
from the instructions manual

  • Built-in 35mm ~ 135mm approx. 4X zoom lens for increased shooting range.
  • Full-fledged macro functions include Zoom Macro for subjects as close as 0.6m (2 ft), Super Macro for subjects as close as 0.39 m (1.3 ft), and 1:1 Macro* which captures life-size images of small subjects on film.
  • ED (extraordinary dispersion) glass is used in the lens, achieving crisp, clear images with high contrast.
  • The standard shooting mode lets anyone take beautiful pictures easily.
  • Panorama photographs are possible when the optional panorama adapter is attached.
  • Other various easy-to-use functions include versatile flash, subject, drive, and exposure modes and more.

* The optional IS/L LENS A-LIFE SIZE MACRO H.Q. CONVERTER f=13cm is required.

Some pictures taken with it:

Bathed by the sun

1994 Tall Ships Race

also from the instructions manual

  • Type: Fully automatic 35mm auto-focus single-lens reflex camera with built-in 35mm ~ 135mm zoom lens.
  • Film format: 35mm standard DX-coded film (24 X 36mm)
  • Lens: Olympus lens (filter available, 49mm filter diameter) 35mm ~ 135mm F4.5 ~ 5.6, 16 elements in 15 groups (5-group zoom construction) with extraordinary dispersion (ED) glass at third element in the first zoom lens group.
  • Shutter: Electronic control system vertical focal plain shutter. Shutter speed 1/2000-sec. ~ 15-sec. bulb.
  • Focusing: TTL phase-difference detection system auto-focus with focus lock, AF illuminator automatically lights up in low light. Manual focusing available (power focus). Focusing range — 0.6m (2 ft) ~ at 35 ~ 100mm; 1.2m (3.9 ft) ~ at 100mm or larger; 0.39m (1.3 ft) ~ in Super Macro mode.
  • Viewfinder: Single-lens reflex system, magnification ratio 0.75 (at 50mm). Finder view-field — 85% of actual view-field.
  • Viewfinder information: Auto-focus frame, spot frame, panorama marks, auto-focus indicator, flash indicator (to be used as flash warning), shutter speed, aperture setting, spot metering, macro, exposure compensation (manual exposure).
  • Light metering system: TTL light metering system — Fuzzy logic ESP light metering, center-weighted average light metering, spot metering.
  • Exposure modes: (1) Program AE (Standard, Sports, Portrait, Night-Scene), (2) Aperture preferred AE, (3) Manual exposure.
  • Exposure compensation: ±4 EV compensation possible (1/3 EV step).
  • Exposure counter: Progressive type, displayed on LCD panel.
  • Film speed range: Automatic setting with DX-coded film (ISO 25, 32, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200. Other intermediate film speeds will be automatically set for next lower speed).
  • Film loading: Automatic loading (automatically advances to first frame when camera back is closed).
  • Film advance: Automatic film winding, consecutive winding max. 2.3 frames/sec. (in PF mode, under Olympus test conditions), double exposure possible.
  • Film rewind: Automatic film rewind (automatic rewind activated at end of film, automatic rewind stop). Rewind is possible at any point with rewind button.
  • Selftimer: Electronic selftimer with 12-sec. delay.
  • Flash: Built-in IVP (Intelligent Variable-Power) flash system with dual light emitting tubes. Manual activating system, recycling time of about 3.5 sec. (at normal temperature).
  • Light emission: Automatic — ISO 100 • m of GN 20 / ISO 100 • ft of GN 66, Manual — ISO 100-m of GN 15/ISO 100 • ft of GN 50
  • Flash range: Wide — 0.6 ~ 4.6 m (2 ~ 15.1 ft), Tele —1.2~5 m (3.9 ~ 16.4 ft) with ISO 100 negative color film; Wide —0.6 ~ 9.2 m (2 ~ 30.2 ft), Tele — 1.2 ~ 10 m (3.9 ~ 32.8 ft) with ISO 400 negative color film, Flash available in Super Macro mode.
  • Flash modes, Auto (automatic flash activation in low-light), Auto-S (red-eye reducing, same as Auto otherwise), Fill-In (forced activation), Manual.
  • Battery check: Displayed on LCD panel.
  • Power source: Two 3V lithium batteries (CR123Aor DL123A) (replaceable).
  • Dimensions: 117(W) X 91 (H) X 155(D) mm (4-5/8X3-9/16X6-1/8 in) (excluding protrusions).
  • Weight: 890 g (31.4 oz) (without batteries).
Stay tuned (o;


  1. Ugly like hell =)

    Nice blogposts =)

  2. Had one in the late 90's. Great forward lookng camera.