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jesse1dog
04-28-2007, 07:05
Got delivery of a 35RC bought off Echo-Bay this week.
Looks OK but no instruction book or technical details.
However no problem there cos the web has lots of info.

There must be other users out there somewhere.
So, please, any hints and tips for a new user?

Kat
04-28-2007, 07:38
I love mine! It's my favorite. It may not be the most solid or sophisticated, not the sharpest or fastest, but the overall features are hard to beat for the size and price. The lens are really sharp and never let me down--not to mention the camera is awfully cute. Its greatest weakness is probably low light, considering that the lens are only f/2.8 and the slowest speed is 1/15 (not counting "B"). The best features for me would be the size, sharp lens, very smooth ratcheting advance lever, and the "off" for the meter/battery.

iml
04-28-2007, 08:52
No real tips, other than carry it everywhere with you. It's a fantastic little camera. Mine has developed a light leak so I haven't used it this week, but otherwise it goes wherever I do.

Ian

kb244
04-29-2007, 11:29
Only advices I can give are...

- Try not to get TOO addicted.
- Remember to turn the camera "OFF" when stashing it away (this will not only turn off the meter which would be off anyways on a manual aperture setting, but will keep you from tripping the shutter accidently).
- DO take it with you almost everywhere, its small enough, not as small as an XA but I like it better than an XA.
- DO NOT be afraid to load it up with some very fast film (1600, 3200, 6400, etc) Just take a reading at the metered 800 speed and switch to a manual aperture to go down two stops from there. (great for indoor low light parties, what not, or just use hyperfocal distances, use dofmaster.com)
-If you do use a filter make sure you set your ISO first. (I haven't tried mine with a filter yet).

jesse1dog
04-29-2007, 12:00
Thanks for the enthusiasm - I was getting pretty much that way about the handling myself and I haven't even got round to putting in film.
Thought I might treat it to a new cover: perhaps one of Cameraleather's specials! How about a red lizard skin? Perhpa an old fogey like me flaunting such a gaudy might get away with photoing anywhere. I would just have to be a joke!!!!

ChrisPlatt
04-29-2007, 12:51
The 35RC uses very hard-to-find 43.5mm filters.
You might want to look for an adapter to allow use
of a more common size, ideally one you already own...

Chris

jesse1dog
04-30-2007, 03:46
Hi Chris
I realised that but have found a 43.5 Haze filter on Echo-Bay and am watching a lens hood. So maybe, just maybe I will get a nice metal one. There is a Buy-Now rubber one available but .....
It still looks a good camera even on a Monday morning!

Nick_om10
05-01-2007, 12:12
Hi,

I am new to the forums haing stumbled accross them lookig for info on the 35RC.

You can get the pdf version of the manual here :=

http://zuserver2.star.ucl.ac.uk/~rwesson/eSIF/om-sif/camhistory/manuals/35rc.pdf

I hope this isn't breaking any rules.

Thanks

Nick

DaveW
05-01-2007, 13:18
Does anyone know how the bokeh is with this camera? Doesn't it have a 4 blade diaphragm, hence harsh bokeh? Some examples would help if anyone has some.

Dave

shadowfox
05-01-2007, 14:08
Does anyone know how the bokeh is with this camera? Doesn't it have a 4 blade diaphragm, hence harsh bokeh? Some examples would help if anyone has some.

Dave

I like the bokeh from all of my old olympus lenses. I especially like the ones from the Oly 35 SP. Unfortunately I don't have a 35 RC to compare with. But, looking at samples on the net, I found this picture, the bokeh looks fine to me, what do you think?

http://www.pbase.com/image/55313954

DISCLAIMER: The picture is not taken by me, it's just a sample I found.

iml
05-01-2007, 14:39
Harsh is the last word I'd use to describe any aspect of either the RC or the SP.

This is with the RC. Wide open at around 1/30, Tri-X at ISO 800.

http://www.adweb.co.uk/ian/photography/nww/nww8.jpg

Ian

teo
05-02-2007, 02:42
Congratulations, the Oly RC constantly trumps my DSLR and my minolta SLR lenses ;-)
I've found that the lens suffers veiling from sun on its side, thus the shade is advisable, too bad that the original one is very rare (I was able to buy the only one on ebay one year ago, after months of searching).
Strangely istead, light directly in the lens doesn't make it suffer, I made some very contrasty photos shooting directly on icy and reflecting surfaces, or in the sun.
The bokeh seems to me ok, just the highlights (or contrasty, thin detals) get square instead of pentagons shaped.
Ah, remember that the light meter is old, sometimes you need to wake it up (half press the button) in winter, or different lighting conditions.
It loses sensibility in low light, so, even if light is enough to shoot, let's say... 1/25 at 2.8 with ISO 800, it would instead say it's not enough. So take some reading in some brighter areas, and then shoot in manual mode.

When I have time i'll post some photos.

Trius
05-02-2007, 03:20
I may have a spare original shade if anyone is interested. Send me a PM.

Cale Arthur
05-02-2007, 07:37
I may have a spare original shade if anyone is interested. Send me a PM. I've never even seen an original 35RC shade.. are they metal? I've been looking for a UV filter for mine.. not easy to find.

--c--

Kat
05-02-2007, 08:31
Does anyone know how the bokeh is with this camera? Doesn't it have a 4 blade diaphragm, hence harsh bokeh? Some examples would help if anyone has some.

Dave
Bokeh doesn't look bad to me.

http://nicojj.multiply.com/photos/photo/8/7.jpg

teo
05-02-2007, 08:42
I've never even seen an original 35RC shade.. are they metal? I've been looking for a UV filter for mine.. not easy to find.

--c--

Yes, they're metal with a screw to fix (outside the lens barrel). I've managed to crumple mine (it was mint...) crashing the camera on tarmac... it saved my lens probably....
Fixed it with pliers.....

jesse1dog
05-03-2007, 07:45
[quote=teo]Yes, they're metal with a screw to fix (outside the lens barrel). I've managed to crumple mine (it was mint...) crashing the camera on tarmac... it saved my lens probably....
Fixed it with pliers.....[/quote

The one I won on Echo Bay comes in an original Olympus box and says its for a 35EC, 35RC or PenEED camera.
And yes, metal, and yes, clamp on!

I think I paid too much for it at just over 7 ($15) including P&P but who knows? If you want one as I did, and one comes up, you put a reasonable(!) bid on it.
If you don't get it, where do you get another?
However it would be just my luck if 2 more came up in the next week and at cheaper prices!:D

Spider67
05-31-2007, 05:46
Hi That's my first post,

Carry it always with you. Buy a second one so that you can alwys have two different films with you.


In a more sober manner:

+: looks deceivingly toylike, the lens!, smallest aperture f22, great picturemaker, the off button

- : Looks deceivingly toylike, unconventinal thread therefore difficulty to find hoods ,filters etc. it has become a collectible so prices rise

Great picture iml!

eef
05-31-2007, 05:59
First "real" camera I ever used (unless a Kodak X-15 is "real"). My Dad carried one back packing, we must have hundreds of slides taken with it. He always put Kodachrome 64 in it, set it for shutter priority at 1/30th of a second for maximum dof.

teo
05-31-2007, 06:51
On ebay there are step up rings, so you can mount bigger sized filters on it (I got one).

owenreading
05-31-2007, 10:25
I bought a new (unused, in original box) Olympus shade from Luton Camera Repairs on eBay, they sell them for 9.99 (roughly 400 squillion dollars at current exchange rates, or maybe $20ish). They're quite good and have a little notch for the flashmatic lever which allows you to reverse the hood over the lens if you need to store it in a case (I managed to get an original soft velvet style case when I got my RC), which is handy.

All in all, it's a great little camera, I take it with me everywhere. The metering is great, the lens is sharp, the viewfinder is a damn sight better than my FED-4 and it's tiny. I think I'm in love.

Pepe
05-31-2007, 11:54
I dropped mine.

Hundreds of pieces, well actually only a few, but a cracked lens....

Still lookinf for a replacement...

jaypolaski
06-02-2007, 12:49
I just managed to find one. the leatherette is peeling and the foam is goo, but I can fix all that, and it's a great excuse to get some new leather from cameraleather.com. I can't wait to give this a go, it's everything I was looking for in a daily carry camera. I had resorted to carrying a Coolpix P5000, which is the right size, but the auto focus is waaay to slow.

Trius
06-08-2007, 15:44
I just got back some film/scans (Kodak 400BW) shot in the RC. I rated the film @ 320 and the exposures look good for the most part, except for those that are under because of low light and lack of slower speeds.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1411/536402636_c6dfcf2d23.jpg?v=0

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1258/536402638_081b940253.jpg?v=0

The second one was a difficult test ... shooting directly into the sun though the sun was behind the leftmost sail of the sculpture ... I just wanted to see how the camera would handle it. A lot of veiling, but not unpleasant.