- Date: March 10, 2015
A descendent of the XA2, ancestor of the Mju II (via the AF10); I really like this chunky ’80s camera.
The Olympus AF-1, which was introduced in 1986, earned the nickname “Nurepika” (“Wet Flash”). As the name suggests, it was the world’s first weatherproof fully automatic compact camera. http://www.olympus-global.com/en/corc/history/camera/popup/auto_af1.html
Yes it’s missing the clamshell grip on the front (I stuck a bit of rubber on there) and it’s all plastic, and yes the designer only had straight edges to play with, and yes it’s beaten up…
…but it’s cheap (super cheap… 99p), it’s cheerful (end results aren’t quite up to Mju II standards, more XA2; but it ain’t bad) and it’s got an endearing personality.
Some history on the Olympus site: http://www.olympus-global.com/en/corc/history/camera/auto/
Japanese advert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lERihvfMatY