Olympus Infinity Twin

Olympus Infinity Twin (three quarters, open)

Olympus Infinity Twin (three quarters, open)

Olympus Infinity Twin (three quarters, open)

Olympus Infinity Twin (three quarters, open)

Olympus Infinity Twin (front view, open)

Olympus Infinity Twin (front view, open)

Olympus Infinity Twin (front view, closed)

Olympus Infinity Twin (front view, closed)

Olympus Infinity Twin (rear view)

Olympus Infinity Twin (rear view)

Olympus Infinity Twin (top view, open)

Olympus Infinity Twin (top view, open)

Olympus Infinity Twin (with 35mm cassette for scale)

Olympus Infinity Twin (with 35mm cassette for scale)

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Manufacturer: Olympus Corporation

Made in: Japan

Introduced: 1988

Camera Type: Viewfinder

Format: 135 Film

Dimensions (cm): 12.4 x 6.4 x 5
The Olympus Infinity Twin (also known outside the US as the AF-1 Twin) is unusual among compact point and shoots in that it has two lenses (a wide-angle 35mm f/3.5 and a telephoto 70mm f/6.3) that you can switch between with a touch of a tiny red button. It also inherits the rugged body designed for the world’s first weatherproof automatic 35mm camera: the original Olympus Infinity/AF-1 which makes it even more unique.

Unfortunately, Olympus issued a recall for these (and other) cameras in 2006 because of a faulty flash circuit that would cause the camera to smoke, overheat, and potentially cause burns to the user. It’s just as well because, annoyingly, the Infinity Twin requires CR123A or DL123A batteries that are probably worth more than the camera itself.

I found this camera at a thrift store by my mother in-law’s house only a few days before I bought its sister camera, the AF-10 Twin at another thrift store about an hour away. What are the chances of that happening?