Olympus AFL & AFL-S
|Olympus Quick Flash AFL and AFL-S|
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The Olympus AFL Quick Flash series of 35mm compact cameras were some of the first mass-produced autofocus cameras manufactured by Olympus and were so advanced for their time that they were priced almost as highly as SLRs.
The original AFL (1984) has a 38mm f/2.8 lens (4 elements in 3 groups) and a built-in flash that recharged in just 1.5 seconds. It was nicknamed "Picasso" in Japan and was one of the first cameras to use a non-replaceable lithium battery.
The AFL-S (1986) added DX-decoding. The S stood for "standard" and an auxiliary telephoto attachment was available. The battery this time was a replaceable 6V lithium.
The AFL-T is discussed in an article of its own.
Common to all three models:
- Automatic exposure.
- Quickly recharging flash.
- Shutter speeds from 1/8-1/500s.
- Tripod socket.
- AFL Quickflash on Olympus Global History (archived).