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Anyone Shooting an Olympus 35RC?
Old 10-21-2011   #1
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Anyone Shooting an Olympus 35RC?

I've been looking for a small and light 35mm camera (the Minox arrived DOA), and I like shooting 50mm lenses. While I like my GAF Point Five, a Konica C35 clone, the 38mm lens on it is a little short. It looks like the Olympus 35RC is very small and has a 42mm lens, so that's a step in the right direction. Does anyone own one? What do you think of it?

From what I can tell from the internet, it's a full featured rangefinder, and about the size of the Rollei 35 cameras.

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Old 10-21-2011   #2
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It's my favorite street camera. Superb lens quality and small body. The high contrast lens is wonderful for B&W. I had traveled far and near with it and I absolutely love it. My only complaint it that it uses extinct mercury battery. Lucky I use a Zinc Oxide hearing aid battery as a substitute.
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Old 10-21-2011   #3
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I love that second shot. Doesn't show much about the lens capability, but a wonderful photo. I like the juxtaposition of the empty table w/ no chairs, against the staircase that someone could be coming down at any moment. That mysterious door-to-nowhere is a part that works well too.

Thanks for the feedback on the camera. Sounds very promising.
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Old 10-21-2011   #4
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Not sure why I sold mine. It was a great rangefinder with a typically awesome Olympus lens.
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I do, but auto setting doesn't work. Still works fine in manual.

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Old 10-21-2011   #6
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Steve, I like the Olympus 35RC. Mine replaced an Olympus Pen D2 half-frame as a small easily carried rig. The 35RC was not much larger, and full frame. If I have any gripe, it's that the control rings on the lens are very cramped. It served well until in turn it was overtaken by my new Minolta CLE in 1982. Again, only a little larger, and with Leica-mount lenses.

I had a CLA done on the 35RC a few years ago, but the CLE has seen far more use. This creeping growth... at some point it's no longer pocketable.

Ironically, now my smallest is back to half-frame size, APS actually, a Canon ELPH Jr. which fits in a Canon belt pouch.
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Can't go wrong with an RC. The Wien zinc replacement battery seems to last longer than the stated 3 months (my latest is going on one YEAR), though the last roll of slide film had some unreliable exposures so it may finally be going.

Only downside - Cheap-feeling shutter speed dial and focus ring, and the 43.5 mm filter. I think adorama sells step-ups to a more normal size. Not designed to take a beating. I'd post an example but there's not much point. If you want sharp, its sharp. My scans can't do it justice. If you want bokeh, get something else.
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Old 10-23-2011   #8
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That's a good point on the bokeh, but excellent bokeh generally means interchangeable lenses, which means a much bigger camera. I just want a small camera for candids, w/o drawing attention. Something for the train maybe.

I have some wonderful people shots from a Nikon 80-200 2.8D (you can be across the street practically and still get a good head shot), but don't want to carry big, heavy gear anymore. The little RC sounds like my camera. Black instead of silver would be good, but I have paint and brushes.
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Old 10-23-2011   #9
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35 RC?
Sure, you can even buy a photo book that pays tribute to (and was made with) it:
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Old 10-26-2011   #10
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I just found an Oly 35 RC that seems to be in good nic and am heading out to try it today.

I have it up for sale in the classifieds as I wasn't planning on using it, but now I can't resist the temptation.

I have yet to receive any offers one way or the other. Maybe I was asking too much? OBO... Anyway, I'll let ya'll know what I think of shooting with it. It seems pretty solid to me. The focus ring is very short, the aperture ring is quite narrow and it has an off switch that is probably easy to forget to turn off.

If the lens makes up for those little concerns, I'd say it's a very nice little rf though.
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Missed this originally. Sorry that the Minox didn't work out. If size is the overriding concern, maybe you shouldn't give up just yet. Nothing is really smaller and lighter than Minox 35 and the Oly XA line. Not even APS. People wanted zooms and motorized transport and whatnot by then.
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Old 10-28-2011   #12
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The lens on mine is very sharp.
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Having owned (and re-sold) a Canon QL1.7, a Yashica Electro 35 and a Konica Auto S3 this is the only one that I still have and cannot bring myself to part with.

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I know it is hard to see on a monitor, but when I received my 35RC back from John Hermanson I, of course, ran a roll through. The three photos below are from one frame: full frame, blow up of center and edge. I use this wall often and this is wide open, tripod. You can tell which is center and edge:







Actually, you can't tell the last one is the edge.

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Old 10-29-2011   #15
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Can't go wrong with an RC. The Wien zinc replacement battery seems to last longer than the stated 3 months (my latest is going on one YEAR), though the last roll of slide film had some unreliable exposures so it may finally be going.

Only downside - Cheap-feeling shutter speed dial and focus ring, and the 43.5 mm filter. I think adorama sells step-ups to a more normal size. Not designed to take a beating. I'd post an example but there's not much point. If you want sharp, its sharp. My scans can't do it justice. If you want bokeh, get something else.

One problem with aftermarket shades/hoods and step-up rings on this camera is that they can (and probably will) block the rangefinder patch window. I bought a rubber shade for mine and it didn't work, luckily I also had a Trip 35.
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Well, I bought a 35RC the other day w/ a dead meter. Look forward to shooting it and see how it works. Looks like a winner though from what everyone has posted here. I'll paint it black if I decide to keep it and see if I can get the meter to power up. Small is good, and I would have proffered a metered one, but this one will let me see if the ergonomics and IQ work for me.

Good point about the hood. I had to put a step ring on my Konica C 35 in order to move the hood out a little bit. Couldn't get my fingers in there to focus it otherwise. It blocked the VF a little, but not too badly.
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I love the flash GN setting on the lens. The only camera I know of that compensates for flash that way. I always carry mine loaded with color film. It takes up very little space in any camera bag.
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One problem with aftermarket shades/hoods and step-up rings on this camera is that they can (and probably will) block the rangefinder patch window. I bought a rubber shade for mine and it didn't work, luckily I also had a Trip 35.
Good point. I just checked and stepping up to a 58 mm there's about 10% corner blockage from the filter. I'm guessing that stepping up to 52 mm would only have minimal blockage, and stepping up to 46 mm there is none.

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I aplogise if this has been posted before but The Trip Man sells 43.5mm hoods, caps and filters. http://www.tripman.co.uk/

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Just got a 35RC in the mail yesterday, and can't wait to try it out. But I'll have to until I get the seals replaced. Already have a step-up to 46mm ordered, so I won't have to buy anymore filters/hoods. I was told by the previous owner to not use the self timer, as he has two others that broke, and now he can't use them.

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I love the flash GN setting on the lens. The only camera I know of that compensates for flash that way. I always carry mine loaded with color film. It takes up very little space in any camera bag.

Here is a little thing I've worked out for using the Flashmatic feature on the 35RC, I got some of it from here:

http://www.ph.utexas.edu/~yue/misc/35RC.html

But you don't have to use the Flashmatic feature but I feel it is much more consistent than the Auto settings. Anyway this is my 3 favorite flash styles using the Flashmatic feature:

Olympus 35RC Flashmatic techniques:

Fill Flash: flash on manual, set GN
Set ring to Flashmatic, adjust distance by RF, half depress the shutter, read the aperture (say f5.6).
Set ring to ‘A,’ adjust shutter to give f stop plus two stops (f11).

This gives a proper background and subject ambient light reading while filling in the shadows slightly.

Beating the sun: flash on manual, set GN
Set ring to Flashmatic, adjust distance by RF, half depress the shutter, read the aperture (say f8).
Set ring to ‘A,’ adjust shutter to give the flash f stop (f8), now the tricky part set the manual f/stop to f/8 and remembering the ‘A’ shutter then up shutter speed two stops (say 1/125 to 1/500).

You are giving proper exposure to the subject with your flash while darkening the background.

Indoor flash with some ambient light: set flash on manual, set GN

Before setting the camera on Flashmatic, take an ambient light reading of the room using ‘A’ setting.
Now use your Flashmatic setting and try to get as close to the ambient light reading; shutter and f/stop, as possible without overexposing the background.

This gives your flash shots with some ambient light, your flash shots are not black in the background. When I do this I do it once say shutter speed of 1/30 and the leave it for the duration.

In more simple term: set to Flashmatic, set your shutter to a slower setting to bring up the ambient.
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Just got a 35RC in the mail yesterday, and can't wait to try it out. But I'll have to until I get the seals replaced. Already have a step-up to 46mm ordered, so I won't have to buy anymore filters/hoods. I was told by the previous owner to not use the self timer, as he has two others that broke, and now he can't use them.

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What the previous owner neglected to tell me, was he had ruined the film transport. Besides the bad seals. And the frame counter dial that was loose in the top. But the self timer works fine. I'm so disgusted, I'ts just going to sit there like a rock. Was going to gift it to a friend of mine who was wanting an Oly, but now that plan is shot.

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What the previous owner neglected to tell me, was he had ruined the film transport. Besides the bad seals. And the frame counter dial that was loose in the top. But the self timer works fine. I'm so disgusted, I'ts just going to sit there like a rock. Was going to gift it to a friend of mine who was wanting an Oly, but now that plan is shot.

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Ahem...What this owner forgot was that these little cameras need a bit of a push when getting the film from the cannister to the take-up spool. Which means that the film has to be on the sprocket wheel, or it just doesn't go.

Once I got over that (after taking the spool out to check for damage and finding none), I took the camera out for a spin today. Only got half the roll shot, so maybe tomorrow I'll finish it. I don't know. Maybe my buddy in PA will have to settle for some other camera. Other than the smallish rangefinder patch, I really like this camera. And getting the 43.5-46mm step-up ring will come in handy when I'm shooting B&W. Having the shutter speed dial on the top is a big improvement over the tiny, over-crowded rings on the Ricoh 500G.

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Got the first roll back from the RC, and I am quite pleased. I'll post some examples tomorrow, as it's getting kind of late here.

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Old 01-18-2012   #25
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Here are some samples from my repaired 35 RC.


Rt 785 Farmhouse #5 by br1078phot, on Flickr


In The Light Of Winter by br1078phot, on Flickr


Silo #1 by br1078phot, on Flickr


In The Open by br1078phot, on Flickr


Industrial Still Life by br1078phot, on Flickr


803 Dock by br1078phot, on Flickr


8th And Norfolk Bus by br1078phot, on Flickr


Skidder by br1078phot, on Flickr


Forgotten by br1078phot, on Flickr

Taken on Kodak BW400CN unfiltered.
Click on any one of them to see the whole set.

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Old 01-18-2012   #26
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Great little camera with a fantastic lens. Found one in vgc for £25 GBP ($38 USD). Need to use it more though.



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Great lens for B&W film (here Polypan F):



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I love my 35 RC, it definetly got me into street photography. It is much smaller and lighter than an Canonet QL17 (which I also own). You can easily shoot one handed all day without getting tired. Make sure you tighten the shutter speed dial if it feels loose. (the 2 hole screw turns counterclockwise, 2 pointy screwdrivers will do the job).
Those were shot on HP5 at 800 ISO.


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Great lil' rangefinder. It and my Viv ES are my favorites.
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I've been interested for a while. Anyone has insight on the build quality? Small it is, does it wobble like contemporary compact rangefinders usually do? Thanks.
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Great shots...I just gave my 35 RC to my buddy who is getting into film photography, but I got some great shots from it!

I loved my QL17 too, maybe a bit more than the RC...not sure, that's a dead heat.
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A very good camera. Its on the small side, but still solid and heavy enough to let you know its in your coat pocket. Great lens and good metering system. I seem to get my best color results with ISO 100 C-41 films.
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I've just joined the RC club. Results from a test roll look promising. Plus-X at iso 320 in Diafine:


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