After buying and using my 1964 Olympus Pen EE and purchasing two other cameras (yet to be used), I decided to buy a lovely Olympus LT Zoom 105. I did some careful research on Olympus compacts and saw the high prices some were attracting high prices including the Olympus mju series (see Olympus mju III Wide as an example)
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What is an Olympus LT Zoom 105?
The Olympus LT Zoom 105 is a compact weatherproof 35mm (aff) point and shoot camera. It is fully automatic compact aimed at travellers requiring a good-looking point and shoot with a zoom lens. It was the second in the Olympus LT (leather tech) series. The advertising copy in the catalogue read as follows. “I am a camera. My name is LT Zoom 105. When people pick me up, they tend to say the word nostalgic.” A later model added a QD function and a panorama setting – the one I aquired has both functions. I may use the Panorama setting but the date function is not something I would use now. It has a strangely ‘steampunk' styling and I am not sure whether I like it or not. The lens is protected by a cap that flips open when the camera is switched on. You need to flip it back when you turn it off again.
The camera is powered by a CR123A battery which can be easily obtained – for example Amazon.
What’s in the Box?
I bought the camera from eBay and received just the camera no manual, etc. It was well packaged. As you will see from the design it does not need a case. So I am happy with what I bought. At the same time, I bought a couple of batteries – CR123A – from Amazon so I was able to pop them in and fire it up as they say.
I was so pleased to hear the motors whirl and the lens pop out. Everything appeared to be working. The only downside was that the camera smells of cigarette smoke – maybe that adds to the 1990s authenticity (or not!).
Is it in Good Condition?
It looks to be in great condition and working. The lens is clear and the panorama button/slider is functioning. I like the look of this small camera that will easily fit in my pocket and it looks like another great Olympus camera to enjoy. I have a roll of Fuji 200 36 exp, so I will load this and hopefully enjoy the motorised film loading and re-winding. It is a similar size to both the Olympus Pen EE and the Olympus TG6.
The specification of this camera is similar to the Yashica EZ Zoom 105.
More about the Olympus LT Zoom 105
The Olympus LT Zoom 105 of 1997 is a fully-automatic "designer" compact aimed at travellers requiring a good-looking point and shoot with a zoom lens. It was the second in the Olympus LT (leather tech) series. The advertising copy in the catalogue read as follows. "I am a camera. My name is LT Zoom 105. When people pick me up, they tend to say the word nostalgic."
The body of the camera is weatherproof. This means that water can be splashed onto the body but it cannot be submerged in water. It uses a 38-105mm, f/4.5-8.9 zoom lens with the ability to focus from 0.6m (2 feet) to infinity. The lens can be protected with a lens cap built-in to the body so no case is required. There is a built-in flash with various modes including Auto, Auto-S (red eye), off and fill with night mode that can be changed with a button located by the LCD on the top of the camera. The shutter release supports firing remotely with the optional IR based RC 200 remote control. Using the remote control has a shutter delay of approx 3 seconds and a maximum distance of 5m.
The ISO is set automatically with DX decoding. Non-coded film is set at ISO 100. Infrared film cannot be used. The film transport is motordriven and automatically advanced to the first frame. Rewind is automatic at the end of the roll. Mid-roll rewind is possible with a button on the base of the camera. Rewinding is finished when "E" is flashing on the LCD. The camera is powered by a CR123A battery.
A later model added a QD function and a panorama setting. Dates modes include off, Year-Month-Day, Month-Day-Year, Day-Month-Year and Day-Hour-Minute. The year is supported up to 2030.
- Lens: 38-105mm, f/4.5-8.9