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Vintage35
02-20-2016, 18:26
Is there a chart or something somewhere to tell what year your Olympus 35 SP was made? I know on a Trip you van tell by removing the pressure plate and looking at the numbers underneath... 1969 to 1972 is quite a span, mine is in near mint condition and I would like to know what year it's from.

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bmattock
02-21-2016, 05:06
Good question! I'd like to know as well if anyone has that information. Nice looking SP by the way.

jajong
02-21-2016, 06:19
Well, have a look at the backside of the pressure plate. There will be a code similar to the one found in Trips. Mine says "Su (my interpretation of the Japanese character; should be the factory code; have not been able to track it down, yet). 1 (1971 ) 9 ( September ).
Cheers,
Jan

BlackbirdKing
02-21-2016, 07:51
I've read conflicting reports online about the production years for this camera. In one account, the camera was produced continuously from 69 to 76. In the other account, from 69 to 71-72 when it was replaced by the 35spn.

I have three. The markings on the pressure plate are preceded by a kanji that I can't translate. Here are the codes, with the letter K representing the kanji.

K 0 9 - camera serial #277xxx
K 0 Y - #281xxx
K 1 X - #328xxx

If you go by the theory that the kanji stands for factory, the second mark for year (0=1970, 1=1971) and the third mark for month, then what would the X and Y stand for on my cameras? My guess would be they used a number for months January through September (1-9) and then switched to a letter for months October, November and December (X, Y and Z respectively) because they didn't want to stamp a 2 digit month code.

If our theory holds, we should be able to confirm production years. If someone out there has a camera marked K 6 Z then they have a 1976 produced SP.

Another interesting side note on this theory is tracking production numbers. If you look at the camera codes I posted, you can see that they made somewhere upwards of 4000 cameras in between September and November of 1970.

Vintage35
02-21-2016, 08:52
I was sure it was a later sample like 1971 or 72 but it is from 1969! Only flaw on the camera is a small bit of the silvering on the film guide is tarnished/missing. Not bad for $36!
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Vintage35
02-21-2016, 08:55
I've read conflicting reports online about the production years for this camera. In one account, the camera was produced continuously from 69 to 76. In the other account, from 69 to 71-72 when it was replaced by the 35spn.

I have three. The markings on the pressure plate are preceded by a kanji that I can't translate. Here are the codes, with the letter K representing the kanji.

K 0 9 - camera serial #277xxx
K 0 Y - #281xxx
K 1 X - #328xxx

If you go by the theory that the kanji stands for factory, the second mark for year (0=1970, 1=1971) and the third mark for month, then what would the X and Y stand for on my cameras? My guess would be they used a number for months January through September (1-9) and then switched to a letter for months October, November and December (X, Y and Z respectively) because they didn't want to stamp a 2 digit month code.

If our theory holds, we should be able to confirm production years. If someone out there has a camera marked K 6 Z then they have a 1976 produced SP.

Another interesting side note on this theory is tracking production numbers. If you look at the camera codes I posted, you can see that they made somewhere upwards of 4000 cameras in between September and November of 1970.

The XYZ stands for October, November, December :)

splitimageview
02-21-2016, 09:05
Interesting. This apparently applies to other models, my RD has the same character and then "6 8"

jajong
02-22-2016, 07:36
Got curious, and had a look under the plate of my 35LC; one Japanese character and a 7, that was all. 1967? Likely.
Cheers,
Jan

farlymac
02-22-2016, 18:11
Well, now you've got me curious, Richard. I'll have to dig out all the Oly's to see what their birthdays are.

PF

Vintage35
02-23-2016, 15:42
Well, now you've got me curious, Richard. I'll have to dig out all the Oly's to see what their birthdays are.

PF

I looked in my 35DC and there is no stamp :-(

jajong
02-26-2016, 07:17
Neither has my Auto-B electro-set.
Cheers,
Jan