Lomopedia: Olympus AF-1


Launched in 1986 as the successor to the AFL, the Olympus AF-1 was a product of intensive market research and design. It was the world’s first weather-proof camera that users could shoot without worrying about easy breakage and compromised performance. The AF-1 was also simple to use. Being a point-and-shoot camera, it can be easily taken out for quick shooting when needed — all thanks to its reliable autofocus system. Not to mention it was light and affordable: two good characteristics that any casual photographer can appreciate.

Olympus AF-1 also known as Olympus Infinity and Nuretema-Pikaso © Robert Metzlmayr via Flickr, Image used under Creative Commons license

The AF-1’s main appeal was its durability. It could withstand rain and wet shooting conditions with its proper sealing and unique clamshell design, hence the nickname Nuretemo-Pikaso or wet flash in Japanese. The AF-1 is simply one of those cameras that can churn out images regardless of the shooting conditions you’re in. Design-wise, the AF-1 had a unique focusing system — the user needed to press and hold the ‘focus lock’ button with the left thumb, aim at the subject with the central box, press the shutter release button, then finally release the ‘focus look’ button to activate the shutter. It’s a quirky way to click the shutter but any shooter can memorize the process with enough practice.

When it comes to looks, the Olympus AF-1 can be easily distinguished as one of those 1980s-era point-and-shoots: the black fit and finish are slick, the boxy shape and its rounded corners, and its lens and other components are grouped together. Lastly, the AF-1 can produce clean and crisp images with the right lighting conditions. Its 35 mm f/2.8 aperture Zuiko lens is sharp and wide enough to cover landscapes and candid shots. Colors are vivid and details are also pronounced. As with any camera and lens, proper handling and practice can reveal the AF-1’s strengths in this department.

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Technical Specifications

Lens: Zuiko 35 mm f/2.8 lens
Closest focus distance: 2.46m
Battery: CR-P2 Lithium, 1 pc
Autofocus: Yes, activated with a focus lock button
Shutter speed: ranging from 1/30 to 1/750 seconds.
Auto-flash only: No flash override control
Film type: 35 mm with auto-load and motorwind
Remaining film indication: mechanical counter

All information used in this article was sourced from The Shutter Goes Click, Camerapedia, Olympus Global, and What Is a Film Camera.

written by cheeo on 2017-03-16 #gear #point-and-shoot #compact #olympus-af-1


  1. ivaylo
    ivaylo ·

    I have one of those - battery is more expansive than the camera nowadays. :/

  2. bigcityal
    bigcityal ·

    Nice article. I have the Infinity S which is very similar.

  3. shimmy11
    shimmy11 ·

    I have a question and forgive me for sounding like a total amateur. Does the auto focus beep or flash at all? Mine doesn't seem to do anything and it doesn't feel like the auto focus is doing much. Any info would be greatly received.

  4. shimmy11
    shimmy11 ·

    @ivaylo @bigcityal just tagging you guys to see if you can answer my question below. Thanks.

  5. ivaylo
    ivaylo ·

    Hello @shimmy, sorry for the late re on this. There is no light, the focusing comes right before flash and shutter.

  6. ivaylo
    ivaylo ·

    @shimmy11 =)

  7. shimmy11
    shimmy11 ·

    @ivaylo Yeah I got it after a few more shots. Quite a strange little shutter technique but all good. Thanks for reply, much appreciated.

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