Last year, I started collecting Olympus rangefinder cameras from the 60’s and 70’s. I’m after a 35RC, a 35RD, and a 35SP. So far, I have an RC and an RD. SP’s are harder to come by and quite expensive. RCs tend to be the cheapest so, I got one of the those first.
Spec wise, the Olympus 35RC is typical of this type of small, fixed lens rangefinder camera. It has a 40mm f/2.8 Zuiko lens; a 1/500 max leaf shutter; a max ISO of 400 and a shutter priority auto mode. The built-in light meter only works in auto-mode. The build quality is excellent, and the camera feels good and solid in your hands. Its small, not Rollei 35 small, but small enough. I carry mine in the back pocket of my jeans, I just have to careful how I sit down.
The Olympus 35RC viewfinder is nice and bright with an accurate parallax frame that has a shutter speed scale at its top and an aperture scale at its bottom. The rangefinder patch is a bit on the small side and mine isn’t very distinct – having said that, none of the shots on my first roll were out of focus so, it can’t be that bad.
The Olympus 35RC is a fun little camera to use and I’m really pleased with the results. The lens is sharp and quite contrasty, although it does seem to vignette a little – which, I think, only adds to its charm. These shots were taken with Kodak ColorPlus 200, a film I’ve never shot before. I love the vibrancy of its colours; plus, it also has the added bonus of being the only colour film I can buy over the counter, here, in Dundee.