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Brief History

Founded in Japan in 1919, the Olympus Corporation has become an integral part of the photographic world. The name Olympus was taken from the mountain in Cyprus that was named after the 12 supreme gods and goddesses that resided there and was a more universally known mountain than the one in Japan, Mount Takachiho. The new name reflected the founder’s aspirations to create high quality and world famous products and they soon became a big player in the manufacture of medical systems and microscopes. Standing on the back of this new found knowledge, Olympus saw the potential in the fledgling world of photography. They used their expertise in optics to create their first camera - the Semi-Olympus I - a fully manual folding camera, with state of the art optics. Since that day, they have created a wealth of knowledge and history that has been ploughed back into new products and innovative design to give us the fantastic range of cameras and lenses that we see today. The company is very keen on social responsibilities towards their employees and the environment and have a strong code of ethics, which has been crucial to their success. The original plan was to research and develop optics through microscopy and not imitate products that were already on the market. By using this philosophy, they began a journey that currently spans nearly 100 years.

Olympus and Harrison Cameras

We have worked with Olympus for over 45 years, covering products which range from the old Pen, half frame cameras, to the new, high tech OMD E-M series, with all its buttons and bells. The changes have been significant, with film camera sales being rapidly overtaken by digital and photo storage and manipulation enhancing the history of photo capture across the decades. The Olympus Corporation has consistently offered outstanding optics, high quality manufacture and innovative design, enabling the photographer to capture the perfect shot every time. We have always enjoyed working with Olympus, selling their products with enthusiasm and confidence.

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