Last year I wrote a short piece about the Olympus iS-3000 (http://www.photo.net/modern-film-cameras-forum/00ZfhK) and indeed others have spoken of their experiences with the iS series of 35mm cameras with their distinctive styling, impeccable handling, and great photographic results. In 1996, a few years after the launch of the iS series, Olympus introduced the Centurion, a diminutive addition to the iS family that used the ill-fated APS film format. (Olympus also manufactured a similar camera for Fuji, the Fotonex 4000ix SL.) The best source of information on the camera and its 35mm cousins is R Wesson's page at http://www.star.ucl.ac.uk/~rwesson/esif/om-sif/is-series/is-series.htm. The Centurion alongside the iS-3000 The Centurion with an APS film cartridge for scale The Centurion maintains the smooth looks of its iS cousins, but does not offer the sophistication of control found in other APS SLR cameras, such as the Vectis S-1 from Minolta. The top plate dial offers an on/off control together with a flash release and the back panel has a simple user interface to configure some otherwise automated settings. Centurion back plate A simple LCD display shows setting and the camera's clock is still good 17 years later - shown here set to February 5th this year. The circular dial has four settings - full auto in the centre and from the 12 o'clock position clockwise, landscape, portrait, sports, and night programs. The display here is showing that the portrait program has been selected. The blue button sets the camera's flash and cycles through red-eye reduction, fill, and off. The middle black button sets the shutter delay timer (12 sec), which can also be operated by an optional remote control. The bottom black button introduces a backlit subject exposure compensation. At the bottom of the rear, along the edge of the panel, are the date set and display buttons. If the date or time is displayed here it will be printed on the rear of photos (if they are processed to APS specification). Mode is used to change the date or time display format, Set/Light will illuminate the LCD. To set the camera's internal clock hold down the Mode button until the year number flashes, use Set to adjust, Mode to confirm and move on to the next item. (I mention all this as I am yet to find a manual online and I have had to work these out with reference to other APS camera manuals. If anyone reading this does have a Centurion manual I'd be grateful for a PDF copy.) To the left of the eyepiece is a dioptre adjustment wheel, and to the right is the selector for print format - C (3:2), H (16:9), and P (3:1). All APS negatives are recorded in H format and C or P are achieved by cropping and (for P) enlarging. On the right of the body there is a rocker switch that controls the Wide to Telephoto zoom of the lens, from 25mm to 100mm. The camera uses Aperture priority exposure programs and uses a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000s. There is no indication of shutter speed or aperture in the viewfinder. The lens's maximum aperture is f/4.5-5.6. There is no override of ISO setting, which is determined automatically from the inserted film cartridge. Mid-roll change is not supported in this model, though it was in the later Centurion-S camera. Film rewind is achieved by pressing a recessed button on the base plate of the camera. Here are some sample photos taken with the camera, using outdated Kodak Advantix Ultra 200 film: Broad Street, Oxford Street entertainer, slack-rope walking, Oxford New Chemistry building detail, Oxford 1938, Oxford Spires and stuff, Oxford Brasenose Lane, Oxford Monckton Cottage, Oxford I was already a big fan of the iS-3000 which I felt was a top-class performer. Despite its limitations, this little camera is an easy-to-carry and attractive alternative that delivers great results in this little-loved film format. Non-UK readers may not be aware that one of Britain's battle tanks of the post-War era was called the Centurion, a 50-ton beast of a machine. A rather ironic name then for Brits to contemplate, but one worthy of the camera's performance.