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12-12-2006, 05:24
Hi all,

I am this (pinch thumb & finger) close away to winning a nice little Olympus 35SP on an 'auction' site. I read up on these and decided it would be so much fun to own/have/use one.

Up until now, I only have experience in SLR (OM-1) and DSLR (KM 7D), and limited exposure to a Voigtlaender Vitomatic IIA (inherited from my grandfather) - i will link to pictures later today. The IIa was a pleasure - albeit strangely complicated after the technical wizzardry of the brilliant KM7D.

I hope this 35SP - and a future canonet G-III - will become daily shooters, constant at hand and easy to carry - with nice Tri-X or T-Max film in it for great grain and constrastdetail to die for.

Did I already said I was enthousiast?

Regards, 1015
edited for errors

Kim Coxon
12-12-2006, 05:39
Good luck with the "purchase" and welcome to the Forum.


12-12-2006, 09:09
Welcome to RFF and welcome to the hallowed halls of Olympus 35SP-dom. You will love the camera; it is indeed easy to keep at hand.

12-12-2006, 09:27
I won my SP last month(+QL 17, which I send to CLA), it's very nice camera.
Still shooting my first roll on it, looking forward to see first results.
EV metering is interesting, but still not comfortable enough for me, maybe later:-)

12-12-2006, 10:40
welcome to the club! :p

I'm sure you will also fall in love with this incredibly old camera and lens!


12-13-2006, 11:15
I was in your position a couple months ago and now I stand to welcome you to the wonderful Zuikography using the outstanding 35 SP. I'm still looking for a good-looking wrist strap for my 35 SPn :)

BTW, my favorite pictures from my 35SPn comes from using expired Ilford XP2-Super.

12-13-2006, 16:21
Shadow: I have a Gordy strap on one of my SPs, works just fine for me. I wasn't in love with it when I first got it, but it has grown on me.

12-14-2006, 09:12
I have won the camera ... total including shipping will set me back 70 something euro's, but the condition is short of mint, and I hope technically sound. Now I have to wait ... should be late this week (aka tomorrow) or somewhere beginning of next week.

12-18-2006, 11:27
I got the camera in - fairly good shape, although I am not qualified to make that assessment.





More eyecandy will come here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brunoderegge/sets/72157594426877435/) when I test it in the coming days.

I loaded it with TriX 400. If you see a nutcase in Antwerp, in between Antwerp or Brussels, or in Brussels with a 30 year old RF in his hands frolicking with joy and pleasure ... bet you're money on it, it's me.

12-18-2006, 11:31
Sweet! That OM hood looks good on it, too.

12-18-2006, 11:52
Yes, I thought it looked familiar already. I'd love to get a square/rectangular hood though.
I got the camera with an additional leather replacement set from cameraleather, I will do the swap later on, when I feel like - potentially - messing it up. Anybody have experience in that?

12-18-2006, 12:11
I have a rectangular hood (somewhere!) that I kept on one of the SPs, but it blocks more of the VF, so I've kept with the OM hoods; I typically use the metal ones.

I had John do apply the leather on the SP I had re-covered, so I don't have direct experience. I don't think it's too difficult; the body is pretty simple.

12-18-2006, 12:17
OK, this is the last one, but I love the atmosphere - and indeed the hood looks very nice.


Damn, this thing looks good.
Damn, I still love my KonMinolta D7 with a 50mm prime (cursing in the church I know)

12-19-2006, 08:47
1015: You gave me an idea :) don't know why I didn't think about using the OM rubber hood on it, I already use a 49mm UV filter to protect the lens :p

BTW, nice shot of the 35 SP, that reminds me, I have to do a shot of my SPn with a good background, I shoot a lot with it and forgot to take a picture of it :)

01-03-2007, 14:25
OK, the first film of Tri-X has been shot, developed and quickly scanned. Best of the crop:








First conclusions:
* they still need some editing on contrast & so forth, this is the raw materials from the scanner.
* I need much more film to get to grips with this camera, I believe you can do great things with this one.
* love this cam. period.
* sorry for the religiously inspired topic - dont mean to offend anyone.

You can find the full set here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brunoderegge/sets/72157594426877435/).

Flyfisher Tom
01-03-2007, 14:42
Well, if these are raw photos ... I can't wait for the finessed ones ;)

These are fantastic samples, very well done :) May I ask what developer?


01-03-2007, 14:55
Wow, just great. I especially like the first one; that is a very sweet photo. It's a great, great camera, and it's in good hands here.

01-03-2007, 21:36
1015 - really lovely photos on every level. I love my SP too :D

01-03-2007, 23:00
Dear 1015,
Thank you for joining RFF. I am sure you will be enjoying it a lot. An for our new Olympus forum, it is a double gain to have another SP user among us.

Looking backwards at my SP, it is worth to notice not only its outstanding sharpness, but also the fact that over more that a decade, mine never went jammed, nor misaligned.


01-03-2007, 23:04
interesting... I always though that 35SP has high res-low contrast signature, but your samples aer quite contrasty. Has anything to do with own development?

01-03-2007, 23:15
interesting... I always though that 35SP has high res-low contrast signature, but your samples aer quite contrasty. Has anything to do with own development?

If color prints are of some value to your doubt, my prints never showed low contrast, and BTW wonderful color rendition. But I must admit I cannot claim myself as an extremeley developed taster.

Cheers Igor,

01-04-2007, 00:16
Thanx for the feedback, I dont have my own lab - just no room in the house - so I have them developed in a local Kodak Q-Lab - costs me 10 to develop and get contact prints. I can't put together a lab myself for that kind of money - but in due time, one never knows.

01-04-2007, 02:48
Ruben: That's a good point. I haven't had my SPs as long as some others around here, but they have been dead reliable. I did have one with a dead meter when I bought it, but it was easily fixed during a CLA.

01-04-2007, 03:11
Trius, get another one for free:

The ability of the user to re-align accurately the RF metering distance to the camera scale and real distance, FROM THE SHORTEST distance, is feasible with the SP, while with the Canonet you have to compromise. But I am talking from the point of view of a user, not a technician.


PS: Solinar don't worry, still no auto parallax correction at the SP (mmmm Maitani...)

01-04-2007, 07:45
SP was before Maitani was in charge. Maitani's first project (that he directed) was the Pen.

01-11-2007, 00:53
i recently got an oly 35 sp and im still shooting with my first film. :) i also purchase a ricoh elnica f rangefinder. been fun getting into rangefinder photography,

01-11-2007, 02:19
Welcome ! You may find much fun with your new style, camera and RFF.


01-16-2007, 11:28
Second role has been spent. Problem was: I just grabbed some film lying about in a drawer, aware of the fact that it was overdue. Anyway, learned a hard lesson kicking off digital also: White Balance does not happen automatically on analogue - or cannot be adjusted as on the brilliant Minolta 7D.
Been a long time I tell you.

Attended a Champions League Volleybal Game in Bree, Belgium:

Watch that guy jump by the net - ready to score.


Fooling around:

On 1/8th with a steady hand:

I'll pull 'the horizon' right in postprocessing, but I liked the colours & atmosphere.


Next up, a role of Fuji Superia 400.

01-16-2007, 11:57
Are enlargements as sharp as web optimized pics? If so, this 35SP has hell of the lens. Can not wait for my 35SP to get back from CLA.

01-17-2007, 10:17
Wow, just great. I especially like the first one; that is a very sweet photo. It's a great, great camera, and it's in good hands here.

Agreed! some really nice shots! hmmm ... I may have to give Tri-X a whirl...

01-17-2007, 18:14
Igor: I need to get some enlargements done, but I would suspect they would be at least as sharp, but without sharpening artifacts if you're referring to an optical print.

01-20-2007, 06:19
I'm sure you'll love using the 35SP. Once you get used to the E.V. system it becomes second nature. I love the quality feel of mine and the sharp pics it turns out. Rod. p.s. Welcome to the forum.