Five frames with the Olympus 35RC

Classic diminutive rangefinder...

5 months ago

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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.  

Barry Carr

Published 5 months ago

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