Closter Olympic

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There are other cameras with the word 'Olympic' in their names: see the Olympic disambiguation page.

The Olympic is a viewfinder camera for 3×4 cm exposures on 127 film, made in about 1959 by the Italian firm Closter, presumably in reference to the upcoming Rome Olympics.[1] The camera has a coated 56 mm lens, marked Optisches Werk Lambron on the front ring; Sylvain Halgand suggests there may not be any such German maker.[1] The lens has aperture settings f/8, f/11 and f/16.[2] It has an 'I' and 'B' shutter, which is synchronised for flash, with a PC socket on the lens barrel. It has a reverse-Galilean viewfinder. There is a cold shoe in the top plate). The lens has front-element focusing, scaled in feet and metres, down to 1.5 metres. The shutter release button (on the lens) is threaded for a cable release.

There are two red windows in the camera back. The back detaches completely for loading (i.e. it is not hinged).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Olympic at Sylvain Halgand's Collection d'Appareils.
  2. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p208.