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Olympus IS-3DLX User's Manual
INSTRUCTIONS
Before using your IS-3DLX, read this manual carefully
to ensure correct use.
We recommend that you take test shots to get
accustomed to your IS-3DLX before taking
important photographs.
Thank you for purchasing the Olympus IS-3DLX.
MAIN FEATURES
Built-in 35mm ~ 180mm approx. 5X zoom lens for increased shooting range.
Powerful built-in, dual-element intelligent flash system rated at GN 28 (ISO100·m)/GN
92 (ISO100·ft), for telephoto and GN 20 (ISO100·m)/GN 66 (ISO100·ft), for wide angle,
corresponding to distant subjects and zoom shooting with high magnification and
assuring beautiful pictures.
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.
Optional remote control for Bulb shooting, etc.
Date imprinting function.
Symbols used in this manual:
2
Incorrect
Manual
operation
Operation
order
Automatic
operation
Indicator on
Indicator
blinking
Attention
Depress
halfway
PREPARATIONS
BASIC OPERATIONS
ADDITIONAL
FUNCTIONS
TAKING BETTER
PICTURES
CAMERA
MAINTENANCE
Names and functions of parts ......... 4
Viewfinder display/LCD panel ......... 6
Attaching the strap ........................ 7
Outline of operations ................ 8
Loading the batteries ......................10
Checking the batteries ................ 11
Points to remember .................... 12
Reset operation ............................. 14
Loading the film ......................................................................................................
Taking pictures .............................................................................
Unloading the film .....................................................................................
15
18
21
Using the focus lock ................ 22
Using the drive modes .................... 47
Flash photography .................... 23
Selftimer ...........................30
Power focus ..........................................
Spot metering .................................
Macro photography .................... 32
Using the exposure modes ............ 34
Flash photography in the manual
exposure mode ............................ 45
Exposure compensation..................... 46
Zoom exposure ............................ 54
Flash .................................... 63
Electronic flash G40 (optional) ......... 65
Exposure compensation.................. 75
Effects of zoom and its advantages .. 68
Macro photography............................... 76
Panorama photography..................... 77
Accessories (optional)........................... 78
Autofocus (AF) .................................. 70
Exposure ....................................... 72
Metering the amount of light ............. 74
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53
Autofocus beep ................................... 55
Remote control (optional) ............... 56
Printing the date and time ................. 61
Correcting the data ...................... 62
Film speed............................................... 75
Care and storage ........................................................................... 79
Battery handling ...............................................................................................
80
Troubleshooting ....................................................................................... 81
Questions and answers .................................................................................... 84
Specifications .............................................................................................. 85
3
NAMES AND FUNCTIONS OF PARTS
Remote control sensor
(rear)
Hot shoe cover
PREPARATIONS
Shutter release button
Shift dial
Selects the flash, exposure
and drive modes. (The same
operation can also be
performed with the shift
buttons in the rear.)
Selects the shutter speed.
Remote control sensor
(front)
AF illuminator
Also blinks when the selftimer
is activated.
Power ON/OFF switch
Selftimer/remote
control button
Flash
Flash release (See p. 23.)
Strap attachment stud
Zoom (T/W) buttons
(See p. 18.)
Become the focus buttons
in the PF mode.
PF button
Macro button
4
Viewfinder
(See p. 6.)
Spot button
(See p. 53.)
Film window
Exposure mode button
For confirmation of
+/- button
film ISO speed
Drive mode button
Back cover
release
Flash mode button
Mid-roll rewind
button
Date MODE, SET and
ADJUST buttons
Tripod socket
Battery compartment
cover
Shift buttons
Select the flash, exposure and drive modes.
(The same operation can also be performed
using the shift dial in the front)
Select the aperture setting.
5
VIEWFINDER DISPLAY/LCD PANEL
VIEWFINDER DISPLAY
Spot frame
Autofocus frame
Flash
Panorama marks*
*Optional IS/L PANORAMA
ADAPTER is required
Autofocus
Macro
Shutter speed
Aperture setting
Spot metering
Exposure compensation/
Manual exposure
LCD PANEL
Exposure modes:
Program auto-exposure/
ESP light metering
Aperture-preferred
auto-exposure
Shutter-speed-preferred
auto-exposure
Manual exposure
Sports
Portrait
Landscape
Night scene
Drive modes:
Single-frame advance
Continuous-frame advance
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Double exposure
Battery check
Shutter speed
Aperture setting
Flash modes:
Auto flash
Auto-S flash
Fill-in flash
Exposure compensation
Exposure counter/Exposure
compensation level
Spot metering
Power focus (autofocus
override)
•Macro
Selftimer/Remote control
ATTACHING THE STRAP
7
OUTLINE
OF OPERATIONS
Basic Shooting Procedures
8
Load the batteries (p. 10).
Open the back cover (p. 15).
Load the film (p. 15).
Press the zoom buttons to
determine the composition
(p. 18).
Place the autofocus frame on
the subject you want to focus on
(p. 19).
Depress the shutter release
button halfway, making sure the
autofocus indicator in the
viewfinder lights and the
autofocus beep is heard (p. 20).
Close the back cover (p. 17).
Turn the power switch ON
(p. 17).
Make sure the exposure counter
on the LCD panel reads " "
(p. 17).
Depress the shutter release
When the film reaches the end, it
will automatically rewind (p. 21).
Open the back cover to remove
button fully to take a picture
(p. 20).
the rewound film (p. 21).
9
LOADING THE BATTERIES
Use two 3V lithium batteries (CR123A or DL123A).
Turn the lock screw on the
bottom of the camera
counterclockwise to
open the battery cover.
10
The types of batteries that can be
used are also shown inside the battery
cover.
When replacing the batteries, make
sure to turn the power switch OFF
before unloading the batteries.
Insert the batteries as
shown and replace the
cover, turning the lock
screw clockwise.
Read "Battery Handling" on page 80.
CHECKING THE BATTERIES
Turn the
power switch
ON.
Press the exposure
mode and +/buttons simultaneously to check the
batteries.
Batteries are OK.
The mark disappears
when the finger is
released from the
button.
Blinks
Lights
Batteries are
low.
Have spares
handy.
Batteries
should be
replaced
immediately.
11
POINTS TO REMEMBER
Hold the Camera Correctly.
Correct.
Correct.
Note: As the focal length becomes larger, shaking the
camera becomes more noticeable. Hold the camera
firmly with both hands while keeping elbows at sides to
prevent the camera from shaking.
12
Incorrect.
Caution:
Keep your fingers away
from the lens, AF
illuminator and flash.
Proper Shutter Release. Practice before loading the film.
Keep the shutter
Depress the
shutter release
release button
Cautions:
depressed halfway.
button fully.
Press the shutter release
button gently.
Avoid shaking the
camera when pressing
the shutter release button
to prevent blurry pictures.
To lock the focus.
Make sure
The image is clear, the
autofocus beep is heard,
and the autofocus indicator
lights in the viewfinder.
To release the
shutter and take
the picture.
Note: When the autofocus
indicator doesn't light, the
shutter won't release.
(See p. 70.)
13
RESET OPERATION
Reset operation restores the standard shooting mode, for
worry-free photography that anyone can perform. Also use
this mode when you don't know what operation to perform.
Press the exposure mode and
+/- buttons simultaneously.
Standard Shooting Mode
Exposure mode: Program Auto
(P)
Drive mode: Single (S)*
Light metering mode: ESP
Flash mode: AUTO or AUTO-S
Exposure compensation: ±0
Focusing: AF
Autofocus beep: On
The camera will return to the
standard shooting mode, and
other set modes will be
canceled.
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* This mode won't be restored by performing
the reset operation once the Double
Exposure mode is activated and the first
shot is taken. (See p. 50.)
LOADING THE FILM
Shutter curtains
Push in the film cartridge
until it clicks.
BASIC OPERATIONS
Slide the back cover
release upward to open
the back cover.
Note: Use DX-coded film.
Caution: Do not touch the shutter
curtain, and do not press it with the
edge of film.
15
Pass the edge of the film
under the film guide, and
align the film leader with the
film loading indicator.
Film loading indicator
Film guide
Note: Make sure the film is lying flat. If
not, push the cartridge down.
16
Close the back cover.
Turn the power switch
ON.
Make sure
The film automatically
advances to the first frame.
The exposure counter on the LCD panel
reads .
Note: If blinks in the exposure
counter, reload the film.
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TAKING PICTURES
Follow the procedure here to cover ordinary photography.
Remove the lens cap,
and turn the power
switch ON.
Make sure The lens advances, and the
LCD panel lights.
Note: If no operation is made for approx. 30
seconds, the LCD panel goes out and will come on
again when the operation is resumed.
18
While looking through the
viewfinder, press the zoom
button to determine the
composition.
There are two zoom speeds. Press the
zoom button halfway for slow zooming
and fully for fast zooming.
How to Use the Zoom
Buttons
Telephoto: Press the
Position the autofocus
frame on your subject.
button to zoom in.
Max. telephoto focal
length: 180mm
Wide-angle: Press the
button to zoom out.
Max. wide-angle focal
length: 35 mm
Autofocus frame
Working distance 1 2 m (3 9 ft) ~
19
Depress the shutter
release button halfway.
Make sure The autofocus beep is heard and the
autofocus indicator lights when the subject is in focus.
It will blink if the subject is difficult for the autofocus to
lock on, and when the subject is too close.
Note: When the autofocus indicator blinks, the shutter
won't release. (See p. 70.)
20
Depress the shutter release
button fully to take the picture.
The shutter releases and the film
automatically advances to the next
frame.
UNLOADING THE FILM
The camera automatically rewinds the film when you
reach the end of a roll.
Make sure the motor has stopped
Rewinding the film before
and the E is blinking on the LCD
the end of the roll
panel, before opening the back
cover and removing the film.
If the power is turned OFF while rewinding, operations
will stop. Rewind mode, however, is not canceled.
Rewinding will continue when the power switch is
turned ON again.
The final number of exposures may sometimes exceed
the number of exposures specified on the film.
After confirming that the power is ON,
press the mid-roll rewind button with the
tip of a ballpoint pen, or the like. Do not
use an instrument with a sharp tip.
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USING THE FOCUS LOCK
ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS
When the main subject is not in the center of the Autofocus
frame, use the focus lock.
Reposition your subjects in the
Position the autofocus
picture frame while keeping
frame on your subject and
the
shutter release button
press the shutter release
depressed halfway. Then press
button halfway.
the shutter release button fully.
Make sure
Autofocus frame
The autofocus beep is heard, and the
autofocus indicator lights in the
viewfinder.
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Note:
When the focus is locked, the
exposure is also locked (AE lock).
FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY
This camera has two flash tubes that are automatically selected and fired
according to the shooting conditions. There are also various flash modes that
can be selected to match your needs.
How to Select the Flash Mode
Flash Modes
Mode
Function
Automatically fires in
low-light conditions.
Slide the flash release to
flip up the flash.
(p. 26)
Significantly reduces
the phenomenon of
"red-eye" (when a subject's
eyes appear red). (p. 28)
Fires regardless of
available light. (p. 29)
Note: See p. 45 for flash photography in the Manual
Exposure mode.
23
Press the flash button.
The available modes appear, and
blinks on the left of the mode currently
engaged.
24
While pressing the flash
button, select the mode using
the shift buttons or shift dial,
Release the flash
button to engage the
mode.
Make sure
is blinking on the left of
the selected flash mode.
Make sure
disappears, and the
engaged flash mode remains on the
LCD panel.
25
Auto Flash AUTO
The flash fires automatically when there is insufficient light.
When blinks in the
viewfinder, the flash
should be used. Slide
the flash release.
When the flash is
flipped up, the camera
will start recharging the
flash.
Make sure AUTO lights on the LCD panel. When
the flash is recharged, in the viewfinder will light.
Note: The flash won't fire until
recharging is finished.
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Press the shutter release
button.
Auto Flash Range*
(with color negative film)
Focal length
35mm
180mm
ISO 100
6.3 m (20.7 ft)
7 m (23 ft)
ISO 200
8.9 m (29.2 ft) 9.8m (32.2ft)
ISO 400
12.6m (41. 3 ft)
14 m (45.9 ft)
* The Auto Flash mode can be combined with
the Macro mode.
Note: The shutter speed is automatically set at 1/100-sec. when the flash fires. If the subject requires a faster
shutter speed, the flash won't fire.
27
Red-Eye Reducing Flash AUTO-S
Approximately 20 pre-flashes are emitted before the main flash fires,
significantly reducing the phenomenon of "red-eye" (when a subject's eyes
appear red). This mode is the same as Auto Flash except for the pre-flashes.
Flip up the flash, and
select the Auto-S mode.
Press the shutter release
button.
Notes:
The pre-flashes are not emitted in the Sports mode.
After pressing the shutter release button, hold the camera securely until the shutter has been released.
To cancel the Auto-S mode, select another mode following the procedure on page 23.
28
Forced Activation FILL-IN
In this mode, the flash always fires. Even in backlighting, both the subject and background
can be shot clearly. And portraits look lively by reflecting light into the subject's eyes.
Make sure the exposure
mode is set to P
(program).
In exposure modes
other than Program, the
FILL-IN Flash mode
cannot be engaged.
Flip up the flash, and
select the FILL-IN Flash
mode. Press the shutter
release button.
Note: The shutter
speed is automatically
set at 1/100-sec.
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SELFTIMER
Press the selftimer/
remote control button.
is displayed on the
LCD panel.
Note: When the selftimer/remote control
button is pressed again,
will start
blinking, but the selftimer will operate in the
same manner as when
lights.
30
Position the autofocus frame
on the subject. Press the
shutter release button halfway to focus on the subject.
The focus and exposure will
be locked.
Important: Do not press the shutter release
button while standing in front of the camera
as this may cause out-of-focus pictures.
Press the shutter
release button fully to
activate the selftimer.
Notes:
Use a tripod, etc., to hold the camera
steady.
The selftimer will be automatically
canceled after the shot.
To cancel the selftimer in the middle of
operation, press the selftimer button
again.
The shutter will be released
12 seconds later.
Important:
To prevent backlight from entering
through the viewfinder, do not move
your eye from the viewfinder when you
press the shutter release button.
Make sure The viewfinder display disappears and the AF illuminator blinks during
the operation.
31
MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
Close-up photography is possible at working distance of 0.6 m (2 ft) to , between focal
lengths of 35 mm and 120 mm.
Press the macro button.
Note: When the lens is at a setting
greater than 120 mm, it will be
withdrawn to 120 mm automatically.
32
Make sure
appears both in the
viewfinder and on the LCD panel.
Press the zoom buttons
to determine the
composition.
Note: To cancel the Macro mode, press
the macro button again.
33
USING THE EXPOSURE MODES
There are seven exposure modes: four with preset settings
for easy shooting in various common situations, and three
allowing you to select your own settings.
Exposure Modes
Program Auto (ESP metering)
Standard exposure mode for ordinary shooting.
MODE
For creative expressions making good use of
your experience:
Aperture-Preferred Auto (center-weighted average
metering) (P. 41)
The aperture is set manually, and the camera
automatically controls the correct shutter speed.
Shutter-Preferred Auto (center-weighted average
metering) (P. 42)
The shutter speed is set manually, and the camera
automatically controls the correct aperture.
Manual Exposure (center-weighted average
metering) (P. 43)
Both the aperture and shutter speed are set
manually.
The modes are accessed in the order
shown
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For easy, effective shooting in various
common situations:
Sports (P. 36)
For fast-moving subjects.
Portrait (P. 37)
For pictures with blurred backgrounds for "portrait"
effect.
Landscape (P. 38)
For pictures with extended in-focus backgrounds.
Night Scene (P. 39)
For night scenes or night scenes with subjects in
the foreground.
How to Select the Exposure Mode
While pressing the
mode button, select the
mode using the shift
buttons or shift dial.
Make sure
blinks to show the selected exposure
mode.
Release the mode
button to engage the
mode.
Make sure
The engaged exposure mode lights.
35
SPORTS
To shoot fast-moving subjects.
In this mode, the camera automatically selects both a faster shutter speed and
the Continuous Shooting mode. This results in increased clarity, and lets you
capture fast moving photo opportunities you might otherwise miss.
Select the Sports mode
to display on the LCD
panel.
As long as the shutter release
button is pressed, the shutter
will release continuously.
Notes:
In the Sports mode, for faster flash response, Auto-S pre-flashes will not be emitted.
The camera exposes a maximum of two frames per second.
36
PORTRAIT
To take pictures with blurred backgrounds for a "portrait" effect.
Portrait mode lets you take beautiful portrait photographs. This is
especially effective when the lens is at the telephoto setting.
Select the Portrait
mode to display on
the LCD panel.
Press the shutter release
button.
Note: The aperture is wide open.
37
LANDSCAPE
To take pictures with extended in-focus backgrounds.
When shooting landscapes or landscapes with subjects in the foreground, both
the nearest and farthest objects are sharply in focus.
Select the Landscape
mode to display on
the LCD panel.
Note: Set the lens at wide angle for
optimal results.
38
Press the shutter
release button.
NIGHT SCENE
To shoot night scenes or night scenes with subjects in the foreground.
In this mode, the camera automatically selects the ideal exposure compensation for shooting
night scenes free of subjects, and for shooting night scenes with subjects in the foreground.
Shooting Night Scenes Free of Subjects
Select the Night Scene
mode to display on
the LCD panel.
Press the shutter release
button.
39
Shooting Night Scenes with Subjects in the Foreground
(Slow-Synchro)
Engage the Night Scene
mode. Flip up the flash. Press
the shutter release button.
With Auto Flash
Both the subject and background will be
perfectly exposed.
In the Auto Flash mode, only the subject
in the foreground can be shot.
Note: Since a slow shutter speed is automatically selected in low-light situations, the use of a tripod is
recommended to prevent blurred pictures caused by shaking the camera.
Shutter speeds in the Night Scene mode: Wide-angle: 3 sec. max. Telephoto: 4 sec. max. (With negative color film, ISO 100)
40
APERTURE-PREFERRED AUTO
A
The background blur can be controlled by adjusting the aperture
setting. The shutter speed will be selected automatically.
Enter the Aperture-Preferred
Auto mode. Press the shift
buttons to adjust the
aperture setting.
Larger
aperture
F5.6
Note: If the shutter speed indicator blinks,
adjust the aperture until the shutter speed
lights steadily.
Smaller
aperture
F22
Larger aperture settings will often give a blurred
background, and smaller aperture settings will give
a sharper background
41
SHUTTER-PREFERRED AUTO
S
Subjects in motion can be captured by adjusting the shutter
speed. The aperture will be controlled automatically.
Enter the Shutter-Preferred S
Auto mode. Turn the shift dial
to adjust the shutter speed.
Slower shutter
speed
1/60-sec.
Faster shutter
speed
Note: If the aperture indicator blinks,
adjust the shutter speed until the aperture
indicator lights steadily.
1/500-sec.
When the shutter speed is set slower, fast-moving
subjects will be blurred, showing motion. When it's
set faster, fast-moving subjects will be frozen in
stop-motion.
42
MANUAL EXPOSURE
M
Both the shutter speed and aperture can be set as desired
to reflect your photographic intentions.
Press the shift button to
Select the Manual
adjust the aperture.
Exposure mode to
display M on the LCD
panel.
Note: Exposure compensation cannot be performed in the Manual Exposure mode.
43
Turn the shift dial to
adjust the shutter
speed.
The exposure level will
be displayed on the
LCD panel and in the
viewfinder.
Blinks: Overexposed
Lights:
Lights:
Lights:
Blinks:
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Slightly overexposed
Correctly exposed
Slightly underexposed
Underexposed
FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE MANUAL EXPOSURE MODE
Flip up the flash,
and set the shutter
speed to 1/100sec, or slower.
Set the aperture setting according to
the camera-to-subject distance in the
table below,
Aperture setting (color negative film)
Standard
Zoom Macro
Distance
ISO 50
0.6 ~ 0.8 ~ 1 ~
0.8m 1m
1.2m
1.2 ~ 1.5 ~ 2 ~
1.5m
2m
2.5m
2.5 ~ 3.2 ~
3.2m 4m
2.0 ~ 2.6 ~ 3.3 ~ 3.9 ~ 4.9 ~ 6.6 ~ 8.2 ~ 10.5 ~
2.6ft 3.3ft 3.9ft 4.9ft 6.6ft 8.2ft 10.5ft 13.1ft
_
F22 F16 F13 F11
F6.7 F5.6
F8
ISO 100
F22
F19
F16
F11
F9.5
F6.7
F5.6
ISO 200
-
-
-
F22
F16
F13
F9.5
F8
ISO 400
-
-
-
-
F22
F19
F13
F11
Calculation formula for ISO 100: Aperture setting = GN20 ÷ Distance (m)
Aperture setting = (GN66 ÷ Distance (ft)
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EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
The exposure compensation levels can
be set up to ±4EV in 1/3EV steps.
+2EV
While pressing the +/button, set the desired
compensation level using
the shift buttons or shift dial.
±0EV
Make sure The exposure level is displayed in
the viewfinder and on the LCD panel.
Note: While pressing the +/- button, the
exposure counter changes to the
compensation level display.
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-2EV
USING THE DRIVE MODES
DRIVE
There are two film-advance modes in addition to the
standard single-frame advance mode.
Selecting the Drive Mode
Drive Modes
Press the drive button.
Display
Function
Single
Standard single-frame
advance mode
Continuous Shooting
The camera releases the shutter
continuously while keeping
moving subjects in focus and
correctly exposed. (p. 49)
Double Exposure
You can combine two images
on a single frame. (p. 50)
The available modes appear, and
blinks on the left of the mode currently
engaged.
47
While pressing the drive
button, select the mode
using the shift buttons or shift
dial.
Make sure
is blinking on the left of the selected
drive mode.
48
Release the drive button
to engage the mode.
Make sure
disappears, and the engaged drive
mode remains on the LCD panel.
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING
CONT.
The camera releases the shutter continuously while keeping
moving subjects in focus and correctly exposed.
While the shutter release
Select the Continuous
button is fully pressed,
Shooting mode to
display CONT. on the
the shutter releases
LCD panel.
continuously.
Notes:
The camera exposes a maximum of approximately 2 frames per second.
When used in combination with the flash, the flash may not fire after the second
frame. The exposure will be adjusted automatically instead.
The autofocus beep will not function even when the subject is in focus.
49
DOUBLE EXPOSURE
D.EXP.
You can expose two images on a single frame.
Select the Double
Exposure mode to
display D.EXP. on the
LCD panel.
Press the shutter release
button fully to take the
first exposure.
Make sure
D.EXP. on the LCD panel will blink.
The film will not be advanced.
50
Take the second exposure.
The film will advance, and
the Double Exposure
mode will be canceled.
Note: The Double Exposure mode
cannot be canceled after the first shot
(See p. 14).
51
Power Focus
When the distance at which you want to shoot is predetermined, you
can set the focus in advance and wait until the photo opportunity
comes. Manual focusing is possible in this mode, so PF can also be used
when autofocusing is difficult (see P. 70).
When you want to wait until the photo
opportunity comes, focus on the subject first
by using autofocus. Then press the PF button.
Note: Manual focusing is possible using the
zoom buttons, but zooming cannot be
performed in the PF mode. To cancel the PF
mode, press the PF button again.
52
After making sure
is blinking on the LCD
panel, press the shutter release button
when the photo opportunity comes.
Note: There are two PF speeds, available for
manual focusing, functioning in the same
manner as the zoom.
SPOT METERING
In this mode, the camera limits light metering to a particular area, such
as a subject's face, and sets the correct exposure.
Position the subject for
spot metering within the
spot frame, and press
the SPOT button.
Make sure
will be
displayed on the LCD
panel and in the
view/finder, and the
exposure is locked.
Recompose the shot,
then press the shutter
release button to take
the picture.
Notes:
When the flash is flipped up, or the Night Scene
mode is engaged, the camera does not perform
spot metering.
After the shot, the Spot Metering mode is
canceled. To cancel the mode without taking a
shot, press the SPOT button again.
53
ZOOM EXPOSURE
Using this mode, the film is exposed while zooming, resulting in intriguing
"streaked" images.
Select the Night Scene mode to
display
on the LCD panel,
Set the focal length where you
want to start zooming.
Notes:
This exposure method is most effective when the
focal length is set at either the maximum (180 mm)
or the minimum (35 mm) setting.
Use the flash when photographing a person.
54
While pressing the shutter release
button halfway to keep the
subject in focus, press either W or
T on the zoom buttons.
Note: The lens will not move until the
shutter release button is fully pressed.
AUTOFOCUS BEEP
When not required, the beep
can be overridden.
While keeping the zoom
button depressed, press
the shutter release button
fully to take the picture.
Note: If the shutter speed is faster than
1/3-sec., zoom exposure will
automatically be canceled, and the
camera will operate in the standard
Night Scene mode.
Press the drive and flash buttons
simultaneously to override the
beep. To reactivate it, press the
buttons again.
When overriding or reactivating the
beep, a confirmation beep is heard.
Note: When the power is switched off
and on again, the beep will be
functioning.
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REMOTE CONTROL
(OPTIONAL)
The optional RC-100 Remote Control is required.
Press the selftimer/remote
control button to engage the
Remote Control mode.
Press
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Display
Position the autofocus frame
on the subject.
Shutter will be:
Once
Lights
Released 3 sec. later
Twice
Blinks
Released right away
Thrice
Goes out
Canceled
Note: When there is no subject in the position
you want to focus on, first focus on an object
at the same distance as the desired position.
Then enter the PF mode, and recompose the
frame. (See page 52.)
Aim the remote control at the camera from within the range shown in
the illustrations below, and press the button. The shutter will be released
after the autofocus beep is heard and the AF illuminator blinks.
When releasing the shutter from in front of the
camera:
Notes:
Use selftimer outside this range.
When the IS/L B-28 H.Q. CONVERTER 0.8X is
mounted, the remote control may not work even
within the above range because the signal
transmission is blocked by the converter.
When releasing the shutter from behind the
camera:
Notes:
Use the remote control from behind the camera to prevent
the camera from shaking by pressing the shutter release
button when in macro photography or when the teleconverter is mounted.
When using the remote control from behind the camera,
aim at the remote control sensor on the top of the grip.
Important: After the shot(s), be sure to press the selftimer/remote control button again to cancel the
Remote Control mode.
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Viewfinder Cap
Use the provided viewfinder
cap to prevent light from
entering the viewfinder.
Notes on the Remote Control:
The remote control may not work when
there is backlighting and when
autofocusing is difficult (see p. 70).
Continuous shooting cannot be
performed when the remote control is
used.
The shutter will not release using the
remote control when the remote
control's battery is exhausted.
The battery of the remote control
cannot be replaced. The service life is
approx. 5 years (variable with operating
conditions and environments).
CAUTIONS:
Keep the remote control out of the
reach of children. In case it is
Notes:
Place the viewfinder cap securely on the
viewfinder.
When the viewfinder cap is not used, the
camera may not set the correct exposure or
may not focus on the subject.
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swallowed, immediately consult a
physician.
Keep the remote control away from fire
and extreme heat. Never try to
disassemble it.
Bulb
Select the Manual Exposure
mode to display M on the
LCD panel, and set the
.
shutter speed to
Press the button on the
remote control.
The shutter will open.
Note: The selftimer/remote control
display remains on the LCD panel as
long as the shutter is open.
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Press the button on the
remote control again.
The shutter will close.
Note: The shutter automatically closes
when the camera's batteries are
exhausted.
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PRINTING THE DATE AND TIME
There are five printing modes as shown below. Choose the
desired mode with the DATE MODE button.
Month mark
Print mark
Blinks for 3 seconds after
the exposure to confirm
that the data is imprinted.
As the DATE MODE
button is pressed, the
mode will switch in the
order shown below.
Year-month-day
Day-hour-minute
No data
Month-day-year
Day-Month-year
DATE MODE button:
Switches the mode.
DATE SET button:
Chooses the data to be
The data will be imprinted
when the shutter is
released.
changed.
DATE ADJUST button:
Changes the data.
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CORRECTING THE DATA
Press the DATE MODE button to select the mode to be corrected.
Choose the data to be
changed by pressing the DATA
SET button. Change the data
with the DATE ADJUST button.
Make sure The data to be corrected is blinking.
After setting the data,
press the DATE MODE
button again.
Make sure The print mark is displayed.
Note: For fine-tuning of the built-in clock to the beginning of a specified minute, press the DATE
ADJUST button when " : " is blinking.
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FLASH
at extremely close range tend to be overexposed,
and the background too dark, because the
narrowest aperture setting has been selected. Auto
flash varies the amount of light emitted by the flash,
is wasted because the light is spread over a wide
area. If this wasted light is concentrated on the
picture area, however, the working distance of the
flash will be increased. Solving this problem is
crucial to effective telephoto-flash photography.
The zoom flash system found in some cameras is
one solution to this problem. With this system, the
distance between the xenon tube — which is the
emission source of the flash — and the reflective
material behind it is varied according to the focal
length of the lens. When telephoto is used, the light
from the flash is condensed more intensely. (The
and sets the exposure by measuring reflected light.
distance between the xenon tube and tne
system is effective in most cases. However, subjects
Depending on the background, however, the wrong
exposure for the main subject can be selected. For
example, with a white background, the subject may
appear too dark due to the level of reflected light
received through the lens. The reverse is true for a
dark background.
The IS-3DLX adjusts both the aperture and flash
strength to give you perfect exposure every time,
taking into account the effect of the background
light and the distance to the subject.
The flash of the IS-3DLX is distinguished by two
emission tubes. One of the most important functions
condenser lens can be varied for the same result.)
So why does the IS-3DLX incorporate the dualstrobe system? Because the dual-strobe system can
utilize the light more effectively while achieving more
uniform lighting than the zoom flash system is
capable of. The zoom flash system also cannot alter
the actual shapes of the reflector and the condenser
lens. In practice, these two factors greatly affect the
even distribution and condensing intensity of light
from the flash. The zoom flash sacrifices the
effective use of the light's intensity for even
distribution. To achieve both optimal condensing
intensity and even distribution, Olympus developed
the dual-strobe flash system with two sets of tubes
frame. When a zoom lens is used, the area that can
and a reflective backing that are ideal for both wideangle and telephoto photography. This makes a
Dual-Strobe Intelligent Flash
of a flash is to distribute light evenly throughout the
be lit by a single flash is determined by the wideangle focal length. When telephoto is used, the light
TAKING BETTER PICTURES
Flash Strength
The flash on the IS-3DLX employs a new exposure
control system that combines the advantages of
both "flashmatic," used in compact cameras, and
"auto flash," found in SLR cameras. Flashmatic
emits a full-strength flash while automatically
adjusting the aperture for proper exposure. This
powerful, versatile flash with GN 28(130 100·m)/
GN 92 (ISO 100·ft)possible.
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The lower tube is designed for telephoto
photography and offers GN 28 ~ 1.4 (ISO 100 ·m)/
GN 92 ~ 4.2 (ISO 100 ·ft). The upper tube is an
intelligent variable-power flash offering GN20-1.4
(IS0100· m)/GN 66 ~ 4.2(ISO 100·ft). When the
camera-to-subject distance is less than 1.2 m in the
Macro mode, the upper flash will automatically fire
to prevent the flash light from being obstructed by
the tip of the lens. The flash is also capable of
emitting minimal intensity for ideal macro
photography.
Auto-S Flash
The Auto-S Flash mode includes a series of preflashes that reduces the phenomenon of red-eye, in
addition to the same functions as the Auto Flash
mode which prevent camera-shake and insufficient
lighting by automatically firing in dimly lit and dark
conditions when the flash is flipped up. The
phenomenon of red-eye is when subject's eyes
appear red in printed photographs. In this mode, the
camera will start emitting approximately 20 lowpower pre-flashes about a second before the
regular flash.
This contracts pupils, which are wide open in the
dark, significantly reducing red-eye. The pre-flashes
do not decrease the power of the main flash. The
red-eye reducing effect varies according to shooting
conditions.
Fill-in Flash
Fill-in refers to the auxiliary light that "fills in" areas of
the subject shadowed by the main light source.
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Even when the subject is backlit, the IS-3DLX can
shoot it at the correct exposure using ESP metering
or spot metering. However, this may wash out the
background. This happens because the difference
in brightness between that of the subject and the
background is too great. When the Fill-in Flash is
used in such a case, the subject is lit brightly by the
flash. This minimizes the difference in brightness
between the subject and the background, allowing
both to be shot clearly. This light is also reflected
from the subject's eyes (catch light effect), making
the picture lively.
In this mode, the flash fires no matter what light is
available as long as the flash is flipped up. (Flash
emission in well-lit conditions is called daylight
synchro.)
Electronic Flash G40 (Optional)
The G40 is a dedicated flash for the IS Series (GN 40, ISO 10Om/GN 132,ISO 100•ft).
Refer to these pages when the G40 is to be used in the Shutter-Preferred Auto mode.
When shooting in the Shutter-Preferred Auto mode:
Turn the power switch
ON, set the camera's
exposure mode to S.
Make sure The battery has been recharged.
Select 1/100-sec. or
slower shutter speed
using the shift dial.
Note: The G40 won't fire at shutter speeds
faster than 1/100-sec.
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Press the shutter release
button.
Note: When used together, the G40
fires full emission but the built-in flash is
compensated by -3EV.
Refer to the G40's manual for more
instructions.
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Advanced flash photography using the G40
Multi Flash
Normal Slow-Synchro
(Curtain-1 Synchro)
Bounce photography uses
indirect lighting of subjects by
reflecting the flash off the ceiling
or wall. With straight flash
photography a strong shadow
Bounce (with simultaneous use of
the built-in flash)
Follow-Synchro
(Curtain-2 Synchro)
often appears behind the
subject. By bouncing the flash,
you can obtain soft, wellbalanced lighting of the entire
subject. You can also use the
built-in flash together with the
G40 for additional affects.
Multi-flash emits the light
several times in one exposure.
With this flash mode, continuous
movement, such as a golf swing,
can be photographed
sequentially in one frame. It's a
multiple exposure with flash.
With Follow-Synchro mode, the
flash fires at the final point of slowsynchro. For example, the taillights of a moving automobile can
be captured on film.
When the IS-3DLX is equipped
with the teleconverter lens (1.7X)
or the wide-converter (0.8X), the
built-in flash cannot be used. We
recommend you use the G40 for
such cases.
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EFFECTS OF ZOOM AND ITS ADVANTAGES
In a zoom lens, the focal length is changed by
any focal length between 35 mm and 180 mm can
More than 100 mm
When the lens is set to the maximum focal length of
180 mm, magnification is approximately five times
35 mm wide-angle
Because the angle of view is wide and the depth of
photography. As the telephoto power is increased,
the perspective narrows and the depth of field
moving part of the lens. In the case of the IS-3DLX,
be selected.
field is large, sharp photographs with enhanced
perspective and contrast can be taken.
100 mm
With the lens zoomed to 100 mm, subjects appear
three times closer than when the lens is positioned
at 35 mm.
greater than at 35 mm, for genuine telephoto
becomes more shallow. The result is that objects in
front of and behind your subject are more likely to
be out of focus. This can be used to interesting
effect on snapshots and portraits.
Maximum telephoto lengths are particularly useful
for taking pictures at sporting events and for nature
photography, when you want to get closer to your
subject without disturbing it.
IS/L LENS B-28 H.Q. CONVERTER 0.8X
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The five pictures below are samples taken using
the zoom lens. Notice the dimensions of the subject
as the camera zooms in.
Be sure to hold the camera firmly or use a tripod,
as pictures tend to blur more easily at longer focal
lengths. Setting the shutter speed at 1/250-sec. or
faster is recommended.
Angle of view and depth of field
Angle of view is directly related to the focal depth of
field (the distance in front of and behind the subject
The use of a converter lens (optional)
It is possible to attach a converter lens for an even
wider angle of view, or for additional telephoto
power.
Instead of 35 mm, a wide-angle converter (0.8X)
enables you to reduce the camera's focal length
to 28 mm.
Instead of 180 mm, a telephoto converter (17X)
enables you to increase the camera's focal length
to 300 mm.
that the camera is able to bring into focus). The
greater the angle of view (wide angle), the greater
the depth of field. When the angle of view is
narrow (telephoto), the depth of field decreases.
IS/L LENS B-300 H.Q. CONVERTER 1.7X
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AUTOFOCUS (AF)
Difficult Subjects for Autofocus to Lock Onto
Although the IS-3DLX's autofocus can lock on virtually any subject,
there are certain conditions, such as ~ shown below, where it may
not be possible to obtain the correct focus. In the situations shown
below in ~ , autofocus may not lock on the correct subject even
though the autofocus indicator lights and the shutter releases.
Subjects with low contrast
Subjects that do not contain
vertical lines
Use the focus lock by first
focusing on something at the
same distance as the subject you
wish to take a picture of, and then
aim at the subject. Or use the
power focus to manually focus on
the subject.
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Use the focus lock first while
holding the camera vertically.
Then switch the camera to the
horizontal position to take the
photograph. Or use the power
focus to manually focus on the
subject.
Subjects in excessively bright
light
Use the focus lock by first
focusing on something at the
same distance as the subject you
wish to take a picture of, and then
aim at the subject. Or use the
power focus to manually focus on
the subject.
Two subjects at different
distances
When the subject looks out-offocus although the autofocus
lamp lights, use the power focus
to manually focus on the subject.
Subjects with repetitive
patterns
When the subject looks out-offocus although the autofocus
lamp lights, use the power focus
to manually focus on the subject.
High-speed subjects at close
range
Focus on another subject at the
desired camera-to-subject
distance first. Switch the mode to
power focus, and shoot the
subject when it is at the distance
set in advance.
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EXPOSURE
Automatic Exposure Mode
Exposure refers to the amount of light which strikes
the film, and is controlled by a combination of
aperture size and shutter speed. The correct
amount of light, called correct exposure, depends
on the film speed (indicated on the film package,
e.g. ISO 100 or ISO 200).
The automatic exposure function automatically sets
the correct exposure. The IS-3000 employs three
types of automatic exposure modes: (1)
programmed auto-exposure, (2) aperture-preferred
auto-exposure, and (3) shutter-preferred autoexposure.
With programmed auto exposure, the camera
automatically selects the most suitable combination
of F stop and shutter speed for the existing lighting
conditions. This lets you concentrate on composing
your shot and releasing the shutter at just the right
time.
With aperture-preferred auto, you select the desired
F stop, and the camera automatically selects the
correct shutter speed. Aperture-preferred auto
gives more artistic freedom of expression and
creativity by selecting a desired F stop to control
the blur of the background.
With shutter-preferred auto, you select the shutter
speed, and the camera automatically selects the F
stop. By changing the shutter speed, you can
freeze a fast-moving subject or blur it to convey a
sense of motion.
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Program Chart (Standard Photography Mode)
The following program chart is for 35mm wideangle and 180mm telephoto focal lengths.
According to the focal length, the camera's program
itself changes. When the subject is brightly lit, the F
stop and shutter speed change simultaneously.
When the lighting is darker, the aperture opens fully
and the shutter speed changes to match it.
In the standard photography mode (refer to p. 14), if
the built-in flash has been flipped up, it will
automatically fire in dark lighting conditions. The
shutter speed will be fixed at 1/100-sec.
Portrait Mode
In this mode, the IS-3DLX chooses a wide aperture
for a short depth of field. This results in a softly
blurred subject background, against which your
subject stands out in sharp focus.
Night Scene Mode
When shooting night scenes you may sometimes
this mode. To shoot such high-speed action,
excellent timing is essential to take the photo at just
the right moment. This mode offers the optimal
combination of continuous shooting and autofocus
to maximize your timing for maximum results.
Landscape Mode
This mode is ideal when you want to focus on both
be disappointed with the result, usually because the
camera's automatic exposure function works on a
standard exposure ratio. In such situations a
professional photographer would adjust for
exposure compensation based on long experience,
or select the manual shooting mode.
the subject and the background or when you want
adjust the exposure compensation for attractive
night scene photography. For example, when
position.
The IS-3DLX's night scene mode will automatically
to shoot natural scenery with low contrast. The
camera automatically stops down the aperture to
make the range of focus as large as possible. In
shooting conditions for this mode, the subjects are
likely be at a distance of
(infinity), so the
autofocus function in this mode starts from the
shooting a subject with a night scene as its
background, the use of the flash is often desirable.
Should that be the case, the camera performs the
most suitable exposure compensation for both the
subject and the background. Since the selected
shutter speed may be very slow (up to 4 seconds
with ISO 100 or 15 seconds with ISO 25), the
camera should be held firmly in position (with a
tripod for example) to prevent blurring.
Sports Mode
This mode is ideal for capturing high-speed photo
opportunities such as sports scenes and children at
play. A fast shutter speed is automatically selected
to "freeze" the action on film. However, the high
shutter speed is not the only important feature of
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METERING THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT
Light Metering
Light metering can measure the brightness of the
framed picture in various ways. The IS-3DLX
employs three metering systems: (1) ESP light
metering , (2) center-weighted average light
metering, and (3) spot metering. The IS-3DLX
allows you to select the light metering system most
suitable in any photographic situation.
At the same time, the IS-3DLX uses TTL (throughthe-lens) light metering to automatically measure
the light that enters the lens. This allows you to
obtain very accurate light metering that is not
affected by changes in the distance between the
subject and the camera.
Fuzzy Logic ESP (Electro-Selective Pattern) Light
Metering (Exposure Mode P)
ESP light metering measures the brightness of the
central portion and peripheral portion of the frame
separately in order to determine the proper
activated. When the
contrast between bright
and dark areas is not too
extreme outside the center
of the frame, this system
offers excellent results.
Spot Metering
Spot metering (Fig. B) measures the brightness at
the center of the frame only. Because this metering
system calculates the correct exposure for only one
point, it is convenient when the subject is backlit or
the picture contains strong contrasts. When
shooting a subject in front of an extremely bright
background, you should use spot-metering on the
subject's face. To properly expose white objects,
use spot metering and then press the + side of the
exposure compensation button. To properly expose
black objects, use spot metering and then press the
exposure. The calculation program used is based
- side of the exposure compensation button.
backlighting. ESP light metering is used
used in any of the P, A, S
or M exposure modes.
on programmed data to properly compensate for
automatically when in the P (Program) mode.
Center-Weighted Average Light Metering
(Exposure Mode A or M)
Center-weighted average light metering is the most
widely used light metering system (Fig. A). This
system measures the light available throughout the
frame with special emphasis on the center of the
frame. When in A (Aperture-preferred), S (Shutter preferred) or M (Manual) mode, this light metering
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system is automatically
Spot metering can be
EXPOSURE
COMPENSATION
Fixed Proper Exposure
FILM SPEED
Film Speed
Proper exposure refers to the balance of light and
Film speed is indicated on the back of film
dark in a photo. When shooting a black and white
ratio of black and white — thus the overall
exposure is set for gray. This is technically called
packages. ISO 100, ISO 200, and ISO 400 are the
most common. High-speed film (ISO 400), as
implied by its name, is for taking photos of fastmoving subjects in action shots, for example.
subject with a strongly lit background. The reason
the subject turns out dark is because there is more
brightness than darkness in the frame. Therefore,
the fixed proper exposure is based on the total level
of light in the photo, which is significantly brighter
high-speed film, such as ISO 400, it is possible to
take pictures in lower light. And the distance
covered by the flash will be greater.
With this camera, we recommend the use of "DX"
film cartridges: ISO 25 ~ 5000. In the case of non-
wall, the exposure will be based on the average
"fixed proper exposure." A good example of this is a
than the subject. In the case of strong backlighting,
the exposure needs to be adjusted to compensate
for the excessive brightness.
Adjusting the exposure to accommodate lighting
conditions is called exposure compensation. When
ESP light metering is used, the camera
automatically evaluates the lighting situation and
compensates for the proper exposure, so manual
exposure compensation is not needed.
However, there are also other advantages. With
DX-coded film, the camera will automatically be set
to film speed ISO 32.
Exposure Compensation
With the IS-3DLX, ±4EV exposure compensation in
1/3 EV steps is possible. + Compensation will make
a subject appear brighter, while - compensation will
make a subject appear darker. Under backlit
conditions you'll want to make your subject appear
brighter (+1 to +2EV). For shooting winter snow
scenes, you may want adjust the exposure for
additional definition (+2EV). Or, suppose your picture
is composed of a black wall, (-2EV) compensation
would most likely be appropriate.
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MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
Zoom Macro
The IS-3DLX's Macro mode enables you to shoot
subjects as close as 0.6 m (2 ft) when the focal
length is set from 35mm to 120mm. The autofocus
and built-in flash can also be used with this
function, which can fill the frame with an area of
approx. 12 x 18 cm (4-3/4 x 7-1/16 in) at a working
distance of 0.6m (2 ft) with the focal length set to
120mm. The picture area can be adjusted by
changing the focal length and working distance.
Zoom Macro at 120mm
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IS/L LENS B- MACRO H.Q. CONVERTER
f=40cm (Optional)
This is a close-up lens that lets you fill the frame
with an area approx. 4.4 x 6.4 cm (1-3/4 x 2-5/8 in),
about the size of an ordinary business card. This
converter can be used with the Aperture-Preferred
Auto Exposure mode and the Manual Flash mode.
Autofocus also works when using this mode,
making it ideal for macro photography beginners.
Converter f=40cm at 180mm
PANORAMA PHOTOGRAPHY (OPTIONAL)
By mounting the optional IS/L PANORAMA ADAPTER inside the camera,
panorama pictures can be taken. Zoom in and out with the adapter
mounted to obtain various compositions. When the optional IS/L LENS
B-28 H.Q. CONVERTER 0.8X is used with the adapter, wide-angle
panorama photography is possible, adding extension and depth to
pictures.
Picture area is shown with
panorama marks as illustrated on
the left.
Panorama marks
Notes:
When the adapter is mounted, the entire roll of film must be shot as panorama-format pictures.
Panorama prints generally take longer to get processed than ordinary prints.
Availability of Panorama format film processing facilities varies according to area. Consult your
local film processor or camera dealer for details.
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ACCESSORIES (OPTIONAL)
IS/L LENS B-300
H.Q. CONVERTER
1.7X
IS/L LENS B-28
H.Q. CONVERTER
0.8X
IS/L LENS
B-MACRO H.Q.
CONVERTER
Electronic Flash
G40
f=40cm
Grip Strap B
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REMOTE CONTROL
RC-100
IS/L PANORAMA
ADAPTER
Variable Dioptric
Adapter A
CARE AND STORAGE
CAUTIONS
WARNING
NEVER ATTEMPT TO DISASSEMBLE
THE CAMERA; IT CONTAINS A
HIGH-VOLTAGE CIRCUIT.
CAMERA MAINTENANCE
DO NOT EXPOSE THE CAMERA TO
EXTREME HEAT (OVER 40°C/104°F)
OR TO EXTREME COLD (BELOW
-10°C/14°F).
AVOID SUDDEN TEMPERATURE
CHANGES AND HUMIDITY.
DO NOT EXPOSE THE CAMERA TO
STRONG MAGNETIC FIELDS.
DO NOT APPLY EXCESSIVE FORCE
TO THE CAMERA OR ITS CONTROLS.
DO NOT TOUCH THE CONTACT
POINTS INSIDE THE CAMERA.
DO NOT USE ORGANIC SOLVENTS,
THINNERS, OR BENZINE TO CLEAN
THE CAMERA.
AVOID STRONG IMPACTS CAUSED
BY BUMPING OR DROPPING THE
CAMERA.
DO NOT EXPOSE THE CAMERA TO
WATER, SUCH AS FROM RAIN.
DO NOT EXPOSE THE CAMERA TO
DUST AND SAND.
In case of malfunction, consult your nearest
Olympus dealer or Olympus service center.
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BATTERY HANDLING
NOTES
Do not mix different types of batteries
or new and old batteries.
When the camera is not used for an
extended period of time, remove the
batteries.
Keep spare batteries on hand when
going on a long trip or to a cold area.
Sweat, oil, and so on can prevent a
battery's terminals from making
electrical contact. To avoid this, wipe
both terminals before loading
batteries.
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WARNINGS
NEVER TRY TO DISASSEMBLE,
RECHARGE, OR SHORT CIRCUIT
BATTERIES. NEVER EXPOSE BATTERIES
TO EXCESSIVE HEAT OR OPEN FLAMES.
KEEP THE BATTERIES OUT OF THE
REACH OF CHILDREN. IF A CHILD
SWALLOWS A BATTERY, CONTACT A
DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.
USE TWO 3V LITHIUM BATTERIES
(CR123A OR DL123A). NEVER TRY TO
DISASSEMBLE OR MODIFY ANY
BATTERY OR BATTERY PACK FOR USE
IN THIS CAMERA.
TROUBLESHOOTING
Operating Problems
Symptom
The camera does
not work.
The displays turn
off suddenly.
The shutter speed
and aperture
setting blink.
The subject cannot
be focused on.
Cause
The power is OFF.
The batteries are loaded incorrectly.
The batteries are exhausted.
The batteries are temporarily unable
to function.
The loaded film has been rewound.
The film is incorrectly loaded.
The LCD panel and viewfinder displays
turn off after approx. 30 sec. (5 min.
when the flash is flipped up) if the
camera is not used.
When the light metering function of
the camera does not work correctly
because it's too dark, these indicators
start blinking. In the Manual Exposure
mode, ± also blinks.
When the subject is moving too fast,
the camera is being shaken, or the
subject is difficult for autofocus to lock
onto (refer to p. 70), the autofocus
may not work.
The subject is closer than the camera's
minimum working distance.
When the PF mode is engaged,
autofocus will not operate
even though the shutter release
button is pressed.
Remedy
Set the power switch to ON.
Reload the batteries correctly.
Replace batteries with new ones.
Keep the camera warm while
using it.
Load new film.
Reload the film.
Press the shutter release button
halfway to turn on the displays.
See
p.17
p.10
p.11
p.21
p.17
p.18
Use the flash.
p.26
Focus on the subject by using
the power focus, or by first
focusing on something at the
same distance as the subject.
p.70
p.22
Use the Macro mode.
p.32
Cancel the PF mode.
p.52
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Symptom
The camera doesn't
focus on the subject
even though the AF
illuminator lights.
The shutter doesn't
release even when
the shutter release
button is pressed.
The flash doesn't fire
Cause
The autofocus may not work when the
subject is out of the AF illuminator's
working distance (approx. 1 .2 ~ 7 m/
3.9 ~ 23 ft) or when the subject has low
Remedy
Use the power focus, or move the
camera closer to the subject.
See
p.52/70
contrast (blue or black).
The subject is not in focus.
The rewound film is still loaded.
The battery has not been recharged.
The shutter speed is set at faster
than 1/100-sec. (except in the Manual
Make sure the subject is in focus
and the autofocus indicator in the
viewfinder lights.
Remove the film.
Wait until
lights.
Set the flash mode to one other
than Fill-in.
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p.21
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Exposure and Portrait modes).
The zooming speed
does not get faster
even when the
zoom button is fully
depressed.
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As the batteries get exhausted, the
fast zooming speed becomes slower,
and the difference between the fast
and slow zooming speeds becomes
smaller.
Check the batteries on the LCD
panel. If the display blinks, replace
the batteries.
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Problems with Printed Pictures
Symptom
Cause
The subjects' eyes
This "red-eye phenomenon" occurs with
appear red in
printed pictures.
all cameras when a flash is used. It is
caused by light from the flash reflecting
Remedy
© Use the Auto-S Flash mode to
significantly reduce red-eye
phenomenon.
See
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off the retina at the back of the eye. Redeye varies depending on the individual
and the shooting conditions such as
ambient lighting. It is also more likely to
occur when using 135mm telephoto than
when using wide-angle focal lengths.
The subject was
within the frame of
the viewfinder, but
its edges are
missing on the print.
The film is
scratched.
When a negative is enlarged, sometimes
the edge of the frame is not printed.
Leave some room on the edges of
the frame when you compose
your shots.
Sand or dust is lodged in the film path.
Clean the film path while taking
care not to damage the shutter
curtains.
Film particles have accumulated inside
the camera.
The picture is
out of focus.
The camera moved when the shutter
release button was pressed.
The viewfinder's autofocus frame was
not positioned on the subject.
The picture is too
dark.
The subject was out of the working
range of the flash.
The subject was backlit.
Consult your nearest Olympus
dealer or Olympus service center.
Hold the camera correctly, and
press the shutter release button
gently.
Position the autofocus frame on
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p.22
the subject, or use the focus lock.
Shoot within the working range
of the flash.
Set the flash to Fill-In mode.
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: How long will the batteries last?
A: Two new 3V lithium batteries will
last for roughly 20 rolls of 24exposure film on which the flash
was used on half of all the shots
(determined under Olympus test
conditions). If you do not use the
flash and zoom very often, the
batteries will last much longer.
Q:How should I store the camera?
A: Cameras are susceptible to
damage caused by dust, moisture,
and salt. Wipe and dry the camera
thoroughly before storing it. After
using it at the beach, wipe it with a
cloth that has been moistened
with fresh water and then wrung
out. Do not use mothballs.
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Q:When does the camera measure
and set the exposure?
A: When the shutter release button is
pressed halfway, the camera
measures both the exposure and
the focus and then locks them as
long as the shutter release button
remains halfway depressed. In the
Spot Metering mode, the exposure
is locked when the spot button is
pressed.
Q:How should I clean the lens?
A: Wipe the lens gently with lens
cleaning tissue that has been
moistened with a small amount of
lens cleaning fluid.
SPECIFICATIONS
Type: Fully automatic 35mm autofocus
single-lens reflex camera with built-in
35mm ~ 180mm zoom lens.
Film format: 35mm standard DX-coded film
(24 X 36mm)
Lens: Olympus lens (filter available, 55mm filter
diameter) 35mm ~ 180mm 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 autofocus with focus lock, AF
illuminator automatically lights up in low
light. Autofocus beep available. Manual
focusing available (power focus). Focusing
range — 1 . 2 m (3.9 ft) ~ ; 0.6 m (2 ft) ~
in Macro mode at 35 ~ 120 mm.
Viewfinder: Single-lens reflex system,
magnification ratio 0.75 (at 50mm). Finder
view-field — 85% of actual view-field.
Viewfinder information: Autofocus frame, spot
frame, panorama marks, autofocus
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, Landscape),
(2) Aperture-preferred AE, (3) ShutterPreferred AE, (4) 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 ~ 5000).
Film loading: Automatic loading (automatically
advances to first frame when camera back
is closed).
Film advance: Automatic film winding,
consecutive winding max. 2 frames/sec.
(in PF mode, under Olympus test
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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.
Remote control (optional): Infrared remote
control unit, 3-sec/0-sec. delay
switchable).
Flash: Built-in IVP (Intelligent Variable-Power)
flash system with dual light emitting tubes.
Manual activating system, recycling time of
about 5 sec. (at normal temperature). Light
emission, Automatic; ISO 100 · m of GN 28
/ ISO 100·ft of GN 92, Manual; ISO 100 ·
m of GN 20/ISO 100 · ft of GN 66
Flash range: Wide — 1.2 ~ 6.3 m (3.9 ~ 20.7
ft), Tele — 1.2 ~ 7 m (3.9 ~ 23 ft) with ISO
100 negative color film; Wide — 1.2 ~
12.6m (3.9~41.3 ft), Tele — 1.2 ~ 14m
(3.9 ~ 45.9 ft) with ISO 400 negative color
film. Flash available in Macro mode.
Flash modes, Auto (automatic flash activation
in low-light), Auto-S (red-eye reducing,
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same as Auto otherwise), Fill-in (forced
activation), Manual.
Battery check: Displayed on LCD panel.
Power source: Two 3V lithium batteries
(CR123A or DL123A) (replaceable).
Dimensions: 122(W) X 93(H) X 173(D) mm
(4.8 X 3.7 X 6.8 in) (excluding protrusions).
Weight: 960 g (33.9 oz) (without batteries).
DATE UNIT SPECIFICATIONS
Imprinting direction: Data imprinted from
behind film in bottom left of picture.
Data coding: Year-month-day, day-hourminute, no data, month-day-year and daymonth-year.
External indication of data: Data display on
LCD panel.
Automatic calendar system: Up to year 2019.
Power source: Two 3V lithium batteries
(CR123A or DL123A) in camera.
Specifications are subject to change without
any notice or obligation on the part of the
manufacturer.
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD.
San-Ei Building, 22-2, Nishi Shinjuku 1-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Tel.03-3340-2211
OLYMPUS AMERICA INC.
Crossways Park, Woodbury, New York 11797-2087, U.S.A. Tel. 516-364-3000
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO. (EUROPA) GMBH.
(Premises/Goods delivery) Wendenstrasse 14-16, 20097 Hamburg, Germany. Tel.040-237730
(Letters) Postfach 10 49 08, 20034 Hamburg, Germany.
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO. (UK.) LTD.
2-8 Honduras Street, London EC1Y 0TX, United Kingdom. Tel. 071-253-2772
0295.10MM
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