Last year, I got it into my head that I wanted to collect Olympus rangefinder cameras of the 60’s and 70’s. Specifically, I wanted a 35RC, 35RD, and a 35SP. So far, I’ve managed to get my hands on a RC and an RD(1). SP’s are harder to come by and quite expensive so, one of those will have to wait for a while. I got the RC first, mainly because it was the cheapest of the three.
Spec wise, the RC is typical for this type of small, fixed lens rangefinder camera: 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 quite small, in fact, it’s a little smaller than an Olympus Trip 35 and I typically carry mine in the back pocket of my jeans.
The viewfinder is nice and bright with an accurate parallax frame that has a shutter speed scale along its top and an aperture scale along 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.
I find it 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. I’ve never shot with this film before and I love the vibrancy of its colours. Plus, it also has the added bonus of being the only colour film I can buy over counter in Dundee(2).
(1) I recently managed to aquire a reasonably priced 35SP after seeing one on an online auction.
(2) After an hiatus, Boots in Dundee seem to have starting selling film again, Ilford XP and Fuji Superia.