The model Olympus FTL was the first single reflex using 36x24mm format from Olympus. The model was launched in 1971 as the follow-up of the Olympus Pen-F system and was stopped in 1972 when the OM –system was released. The short life span of the FTL system was not a good move from Olympus, and was not sold in great numbers, this deu to the high price at that moment. The system is not large . It contains 6 lenses and a bellows system. These items where not manufactured in large numbers. All together a very smal and rare system.
Format : 24 x 36 mm.
Standard lens : 50mm F1.8 F. zuiko Auto-S :: 6 elements in 5 groups / 50mm F1.4 G.zuiko auto-S 7 elements in 6 groups.
Lens mount : Practica Mount (42mm screw-in) with lens positioning pin for open light measuring method.
Prieview button : Push-button-with-lock system.
Shutter : Focal plane type shutter , speeds 1 to 1/1000 of a second and “B” fore time exposure. Built-in selftimer.
Flash synchronization : X and FP contacts with switch.
Viewfinder : Penta-prism type with microprism center spot on fresnel lens for easy focusing. Magnification 0,92x with standard 50mm lens. Meter needle ,follow pointer and batterie check mark are visible in the viewfinder.
Reflex Mirror : Vertically swinging shockless quick return type.
Loading : Olympus EL (easy-loading ) system.
Film advance : rapid film advance lever in a single strke ( 157 º ) or anumber of shorter strokes for both film advance and shutter cocking . Double advance and double exposure prevention.
Exposure counter : Progressive type from “S” (start) to 36. Automatically returns to “S” when rear cover is opened.
Film rewinding : rewind crank . Film release button on bottem of camera.
Focusing : Direct advancing helicoid system , minimum close-up distance 40 cm with standard lens.
Exposure Measurement : Through-the –lens open-aperture light measurement method with “Olympus” Auto lenses . Needle coupling system to film speeds and aperture settings. Red warning mark for insufficient light.
Light Measuring range : With standard 50mm F1.8 lens EV 3 –EV 18. (ASA 100)
Sensing Cell: High sensitive cadmium sulphide (CDS) type on both sides of the eyepiece. Center focusing average exposure measurement.
Battery : 1,35 volt mercury battery 1 piece.(everready E625, Mallory RM-625r, GE no 625) with battery checker.
Film speed scale: ASA 25—2000. (din 15~34)
Self-timer : lever system (90º) about 10 sec delay.
Rear cover operation : “ Magic “ Locking hinge type.
Accesoiry shoe : Built-in cordles center contact.
Filter size : 49mm screw-in type.
Size & weight : With standard lens 140 x 91 x 84mm . 810 grams.