Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama 35mm Camera

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD

Film Camera Review:

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD 35mm Camera

'A quick look review at the Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD, a compact standby for a retro-styled 35mm autofocus film camera with a 38-105mm zoom lens'

Introduction and Overview

The Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QuartzDate (1997), rarely seen and heard on the reviews, is designed to be a very versatile case-free fully-automatic 35mm compact presented as a stylistic retro-look point-and-shoot camera with a zoom lens.
Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Front

Finished in a rich burgundy leather-like and silver finish, the LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD is the final version of the LT (Leather Tech) series cameras introduced with the launch of the LT-1 (1995), LT-1 QD (1996), and the LT Zoom 105 (1997), which came with a 35mm f/3.5 AF lens. As with the rest of the series, the body of the camera is weatherproof, but not waterproof, meaning that it can take splashes of water, rain, and snow, but not submerged.

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Between the unbleached Ecru and the stylish mju-V designs came the LT 'leather tech' models LT-1, and LT Zoom 105. the LT Zoom 105 sported a 38-105mm lens and some nicer 'upmarket' features like date and panorama.

Design and Build

The LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD is fitted with a 38-105mm, f/4.5-8.9 zoom lens which focuses on 0.6m (2 feet) to infinity. The lens is protected by a built-in lens cap that snaps back to cover the lens when the camera is switched off and the lens retracted.

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Top

The zoom function is controlled by a Zoom In/Zoom Out lever located on the top plate beside the shutter release button, and Panoramic shooting is controlled by a lever located on the back of the top plate behind the pop-up flash unit.

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Image 01

The camera is also complemented with an advanced built-in variable-power flash with various modes including Auto, Auto-S (red-eye), off and fill with a night mode that can be changed with a button located by the LCD on the top of the camera.
Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Back
A minuscule diopter correction dial, which works rather well, located beside the tiny viewfinder helps you to set the image you see in the viewfinder clearly.

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Image 02

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. Dates modes include off, Year-Month-Day, Month-Day-Year, Day-Month-Year, and Day-Hour-Minute. The year is supported up to 2030.

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Set, Front

The film ISO speed is set automatically with DX decoding while a non-coded film is set at ISO 100. The camera is not geared for infrared shooting. Film wind is motor-driven and the film roll is automatically advanced to the first frame once loaded. Rewind is also automatic once the end of the roll is reached. Mid-roll rewind is possible with a button on the base of the camera. Rewinding is finished with a flashing "E" is displayed on the LCD. Power is supplied by a CR123A battery.

Viewfinder Info

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Viewfinder Info

The viewfinder spots a couple of led lights to the right of the screen. The top light is orange, it lights up when the flash is ready to fire and blinks while the flash is recharging. The bottom light is green, it lights up when the subject is in focus and blinks when the subject is not.

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Set, Back

The LCD panel displays information for Date/Time Indicator, Exposure Counter, Battery Check, Spot Metering Mode, Self-timer/Remote Control, and Flash Mode setting.

Using The Camera

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Film Loading
If you are a regular to film cameras, then using the LT Zoom 105 is fairly straightforward. The camera uses a CR123A battery which is placed in a compartment towards the right front of the unit. You need to push the tab at the bottom of the camera to open the lid to the battery housing unit.

The battery should be good for up to 15 rolls of film. The battery power led is located towards the bottom left of the LCD panel and this will show the strength of the battery when the camera is turned on.

Film advance is automatic once you load the film and closes the film back. Make sure that the tab end of the film roll is pulled out slightly longer out of its cassette and placed flat with the tab end extended into the chamber.

If the film tab is not enough the auto-forward mechanism of the camera will not work. The auto-advance will stop one the film is properly loaded and the LCD will show the digit 'I' to show that the camera is ready for its first shot.

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Image 03

Turn the ON/OFF switch in front of the camera to ON, the lens will be partially extended, the flash unit pops up, the LCD panel activates and you are ready for business.

Early Images

These sample images were taken on a recent road trip, at a couple of R&R Rest Stops.

Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Image 04
Zoom shot of children's outdoor play.
Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Image 05
Wide shot of children's outdoor play.
Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Image 06
Panoramic wide looking across the highway
Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD Image 07
Panoramic zoom of the same as above

General Specification:

  • Programmed electronic shutter.
  • Real image zoom viewfinder (with autofocus mark, close-up correction marks, autofocus indicator, and flash indicator).
  • Active-type autofocus system. Focus lock possible.
Focusing range:
  • 0.6 m (2ft) ~ (infinity).
Exposure control:
  • Programmed automatic exposure control, 3-zone light metering, switchable to spot metering. Auto exposure range: Wide-angle — EV2.3 (F4.5, 4 sec.) to EV16 (F10.9, 1/500 sec.), Telephoto — EV4.3 (F8.9, 4 sec.) to EV17 (F19.7, 1/350 sec.).
Film speed range:
  • Automatic setting with a DX-coded film with ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200. For non-DX-coded film and film with less than ISO 50, film speed is set to ISO 100.
Film loading:
  • Automatic loading. (Automatically advances to the first frame when the back cover is closed.)
Film advance:
  • Automatic film winding.
Film rewind:
  • Automatic film rewind (automatic rewind activation at end of the film roll, automatic rewind stop). Rewind possible at any point with the Mid-roll rewind button.
  • Built-in flash. Recycling time: Approx. 0.5 ~ 7 sec. (at normal temperature with new battery).
Flash working range:
  • Wide-angle — 0.6 ~ 4.7 m (2 ~ 15.4 ft), Telephoto — 0.6 ~ 2.4 m (2 ~ 7.9 ft) with ISO 100 color negative film: Wide-angle — 0.6 ~ 9.4 m (2 ~ 30.8 ft). Telephoto — 0.6 ~ 4.7 m (2 ~ 15.4 ft) with ISO 400 color negative film.
Flash Modes:
  • AUTO (Automatic flash activation in low light and backlight), AUTO-S (Redeye-Reducing, otherwise same as Auto), OFF (No flash), FILL-IN (Forced activation), (for night scenes at the slowest shutter speed of 4 sec. Other functions operate as the same as in Auto mode.)
Battery check:
  • Displayed on the LCD panel.

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