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11-26-2004, 12:51
Just got myself a Oly 35rc, but I just donīt get how the metering works.
When do I see that Iīve got the right shutter/apature?

New to the RF world so it may be some more stupid questions later on.


back alley
11-26-2004, 13:40
welcome and don't worry we all love stupid questions - makes us feel smart!

just kidding ya! no dumb questions here.

the rc is a simple camera with a great lens on it.
it's kinda semi auto in use if you want.

set the shutter speed, put the aperture ring on a (auto) then paertially push down on the shutter release.
if the film speed/available light combo is in the range of the meter you should see a needle in the viewfinder move till it stops on it's own. as long as the needle is on anything from 2.8 to 22 you should be able to take a pic.
if the light/film speed is out of range the shutter will lock and you will not be able to press the shutter release all the way down.
no photo.

you can also use the camera on complete manual and set your own shutter speed and f stop but the meter does not work in manual.

it's easier than i've made it sound.


11-26-2004, 15:36
Welcome to the RF forum.

The 35RC has three user modes. On two of them the meter is not activated.

Starting backwards they are:

An Unmetered Flashmatic Mode, can be used with an electronic flash that doesn't have a photocell or auto flash with its photocells closed off. The camera is in its flashmatic mode when the aperture ring is set to the flash symbol.

Basically, each time you set the focus, the camera will automatically set the correct aperture for that distance as you press the shutter release. The selected aperture will be displayed in the viewfinder.

It's a mechanical system. So it will work even if there is no battery loaded into the bottom of the camera.

An Unmetered Manual Mode is selected by simply rotating the aperture ring to any of the marked apertures.

It also is a mechanical system. Again, no battery is needed. Which ever aperture you select will be displayed in the viewfinder.

Last, An Metered Semi-Auto Mode, which requires a battery to be fitted, allows you to shoot by selecting a shutter speed and focusing. The camera selects the aperture. The camera selected aperture will be displayed in the viewfinder as you press the shutter release to its half-way position.

If as you press the shutter release, you notice that the aperture needle in the viewfinder is in the red zone, the shutter will not release. Either the battery is dead or you need to select a different shutter speed, as the camera is indicating either an over exposure or under exposure.

The Metered Semi-Auto Mode is referred to as a shutter-preferred auto mode and is the only mode that requires a battery. Fortunately or unfortunately, it also is the only mode that activates the meter, which in this case is read by viewing the aperture indicator located in the viewfinder.

11-26-2004, 15:40
More info on the 35RC can be found here.


11-27-2004, 01:09
Welcome Bootsy! I've had my 35RC since 1972; It's a great little camera, and I hope you like yours as much as I like mine.

back alley
01-30-2005, 09:59
i'd like a copy. mine is long gone now.


back alley
01-30-2005, 11:05
yipee! :)

Kim Coxon
03-02-2005, 04:29
If anyone still needs a copy of the manual for the 35RC, you can download it here


The 35RD and 35DC are also available with the 35SP and 35ECR to folow shortly.


03-02-2005, 06:27
Just tookk a look, and what the manula doesn't tell, and what I've been wondering about since I got one: what are the cutouts on the edge of the original lens-hood for? Does anybody know?


Kim Coxon
03-02-2005, 07:00
I am pretty certain the Greyhoundman is right. The Canonet GIII hoods have a similiar cutout which are specifically described as being to avoid the field of view from the finder.