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edodo
07-15-2007, 09:02
oly 35 rc the lightest I own, and stylish too!
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=47508&stc=1&d=1184515252

back alley
07-15-2007, 10:23
nice shot!!

and i agree, the rc is a great little camera.

edodo
07-15-2007, 10:55
thanks, was always turned on with the design of the fixed lens rf olys of that vintage, just wanted to give it justice

shadowfox
07-16-2007, 12:03
Nice! always appreciate people who took the time to produce a nice camera fashion shots.

And that's a mint looking RC!

yek
07-17-2007, 08:43
But the black Leica CL looks better. :P

iml
07-17-2007, 08:55
Oh no it doesn't :-)

The RC is the king of compact RFs, and possibly my favourite ever 35mm camera.

Ian

charjohncarter
07-17-2007, 09:38
Well, Ian and Charles, I hope your right, I just bought one on Ebay: $21.00 + shipping of $8.50.

f/stopblues
07-17-2007, 09:51
I just picked up a 35RC from g'man and I surprised to see that it's such a tiny little bugger! The only other compact 35's I've handled are of the Canonet variety, but this one is noticably smaller.

I love the VF and general setup of the camera, but I'm having trouble holding it comfortably since its so small. It could be the fact that I'm 6'7" and have hands to match :D I'm going to take it on the street a few more times and see how I feel after that.

Now I'm questioning whether my aspirations of owning a CL or CLE should be kicked to the curb! A camera can have all the right features, but if it doesn't feel right in your hands then it's as useful as... well... something that's not very useful :bang:

iml
07-17-2007, 09:52
John, if I had to choose between an RC and my M6/Summicron 50, it would be a lot closer than you might think.

Hope yours is in good condition. The light seals are often in need of replacement, and I've also had the frame counter stop working on both of mine, but with a bit of TLC it's a great camera, with a terrific lens, and small enough to carry everywhere. (Edit: too small for Chris, it seems!)

Ian

back alley
07-17-2007, 10:23
i have had mine since about 1971, bought new. i even have the original oly filter and cap still.

a few years ago i had it cla'd locally for 100 bucks cdn. and the finder was cleaned up nicely.
runs like a top.

joe

ben lloyd
07-17-2007, 10:25
I recovered both of mine in black leather, makes them *feel* even nicer, I'm not a fan of the Oly vinyl.

Superbus_
07-17-2007, 11:33
Recently I'm a happy owner of an rc and ecr. The second one is full automatic. After the forst roll I'm very satisfied. and yes very stylish cameras :)

shadowfox
07-17-2007, 12:51
Ahhh, so refreshing to see new (or not) Oly fans. I used to wonder am I crazy thinking by myself (well, Trius and I) that Oly RF's are high-class cameras that will go head-to-head with the best out there.

One day, a $10 RC will fly into my hands, one of these days... :P

Superbus_
07-17-2007, 13:21
With your advices you are personally responsible for my olympus cameras. thank you very much! :)

jesse1dog
07-17-2007, 13:59
* Shadowfox

Eat your heart out - just got a 2 RC off ebay.
Arrived this morning!
But it was described as parts or repair!
And that was stretching it a bit.
But I wanted the bottom plate to replace one on which some guy had 'engraved' his name and number. And I got that. The camera is not really a goer. But the back door is great, the self timer handle is all present and correct.
And I intend to look at the insides to see how they work - it's a non-goer so it doesn't matter if I can't get it together again! What's called a learning situation!!

The camera looks as if it has had some sort of accident. The lens is loose in its housing and the front element is scratched tp h*ll. There is a dent in the bottom. The rangefinder eyepiece is distorted as if partially melted and the whole camera covered in an odd deposit. I could spend ages thinking up implausible explanations for its condition but I'll probably never guess right.

Nevertheless a good 2 worth.

owenreading
07-17-2007, 14:27
I've decided that my RC is my favourite camera. It's just so satisfying to use, and the results are brilliant. My light seals have gone to hell though, so I'm replacing them with a Jon Goodman (nice guy, great customer service) kit later this week. Should be fun. Then my RC will be good as new.

Trius
07-17-2007, 15:49
Yeah, Shadow and I are the Oly pushers here ... I'm just jonesing for an RD, though...

edodo
07-18-2007, 03:44
Well, Ian and Charles, I hope your right, I just bought one on Ebay: $21.00 + shipping of $8.50. Hello charjohncarter, I hope you won't waste those 30 bux, or may I say that I'm sure you won't because for this price you get a very useful and yet completely controllable tiny discreet and stylish camera.
Bought mine 6 months ago for 60 euro, tight and with new light seals and battery. on the high price side maybe but the camera is flawless except the dirty viewfinder. Great lens, and I love the 3 blades iris in the lens. I love having a lightweight and manual little inexpensive camera with me in many situations where the CL or the M4 stays at home. Im loving the RC as much as I love my other cameras, just different type of shooting experience : shooting with a rolleicord 3 sporting a recoated taking lens is also a must, for me its the best medium format camera for discret shooting of people (the rolleicord being light and inexpensive too)!

edodo
07-18-2007, 03:54
Ahhh, so refreshing to see new (or not) Oly fans. I used to wonder am I crazy thinking by myself (well, Trius and I) that Oly RF's are high-class cameras that will go head-to-head with the best out there.

One day, a $10 RC will fly into my hands, one of these days... :P

Hello shadow, with all your wonderfull olys you own (seeing your signature) how come you don't have the RC yet? just wondering, anyway you got a great collection !

Xmas
07-18-2007, 06:25
* Shadowfox

Eat your heart out - just got a 2 RC off ebay.
Arrived this morning!
But it was described as parts or repair!
And that was stretching it a bit.
But I wanted the bottom plate to replace one on which some guy had 'engraved' his name and number. And I got that. The camera is not really a goer. But the back door is great, the self timer handle is all present and correct.
And I intend to look at the insides to see how they work - it's a non-goer so it doesn't matter if I can't get it together again! What's called a learning situation!!

The camera looks as if it has had some sort of accident. The lens is loose in its housing and the front element is scratched tp h*ll. There is a dent in the bottom. The rangefinder eyepiece is distorted as if partially melted and the whole camera covered in an odd deposit. I could spend ages thinking up implausible explanations for its condition but I'll probably never guess right.

Nevertheless a good 2 worth.

You can get your money back if you sell on the parts, e.g. if the meter works...

Noel

charjohncarter
07-18-2007, 07:39
Ian and Charles, (and others) it is nice to see so many Olympus users here. I have not received my RC yet, but I will let you know how it turns out. I have done a reseal with the 'Jon Chapman' kit on another camera and it works fine now. I hope that is all this one needs. I have the Olympus Stylus Infinity which I bought new for my wife. It is still flawless in performance, but really not in appearance.

shadowfox
07-18-2007, 08:35
Hello shadow, with all your wonderfull olys you own (seeing your signature) how come you don't have the RC yet? just wondering, anyway you got a great collection !

Because I know something y'all don't ;) ... yeah, right!

Well, I already have my XA which by now is pretty much welded to my jeans pocket, and the 35 ECR. Both are smaller than the RC. Then I have the 35 SP and the 35 DC, both bigger but have faster lens than the RC.

So I've set a new challenge to myself, get an RC for less than $10 :D and you've seen where it has gotten me so far.

shadowfox
07-18-2007, 08:36
LOL!! (laughing with you, not at you).

* Shadowfox

Eat your heart out - just got a 2 RC off ebay.
Arrived this morning!
But it was described as parts or repair!
And that was stretching it a bit.
But I wanted the bottom plate to replace one on which some guy had 'engraved' his name and number. And I got that. The camera is not really a goer. But the back door is great, the self timer handle is all present and correct.
And I intend to look at the insides to see how they work - it's a non-goer so it doesn't matter if I can't get it together again! What's called a learning situation!!

The camera looks as if it has had some sort of accident. The lens is loose in its housing and the front element is scratched tp h*ll. There is a dent in the bottom. The rangefinder eyepiece is distorted as if partially melted and the whole camera covered in an odd deposit. I could spend ages thinking up implausible explanations for its condition but I'll probably never guess right.

Nevertheless a good 2 worth.

shadowfox
07-18-2007, 08:37
Yeah, Shadow and I are the Oly pushers here ... I'm just jonesing for an RD, though...

Eh, I thought you're a DC hunter now, btw, I just saw one sold on the bay for $20-ish, did you get that one?

shadowfox
07-18-2007, 08:41
With your advices you are personally responsible for my olympus cameras. thank you very much! :)

Your welcome! (I hope you're talking to me because otherwise, I'd be *really* embarrased :D)

Hey, post some of your ECR shots, man!

edodo
07-18-2007, 12:50
So I've set a new challenge to myself, get an RC for less than $10 :D and you've seen where it has gotten me so far.

--->JEJE! (spanish "hehe")

ruben
07-19-2007, 15:39
I do have an RC (what a lens!) and other compacts, less compact than it, but for some reason the very concept of a 'compact' doesn't work for me.

In theory I imagine myself carrying the camera in a pocket, a small bag, belt pouch, etc. But in practice if I do not have the camera on my chest, I do not have the pic.

Now, why not having a compact on my chest and saving weight ? Because if I already have something in my chest the difference in weight is not so dramatic for me, while the comfort of manipulation of a standard camera is more profitable to me.

Well, that's just me I guess.

Cheers,
Ruben

Trius
07-19-2007, 17:15
OK, I see another thread developing here ... Sporran & Camera shots! The mind boggles!

Earl Dunbar

dll927
07-20-2007, 07:59
I sure wish I still had mine. I bought it brand new in 1974 and enjoyed using it, since it was so small and handy to use.

In 2000 I moved from the LA area up to Santa Maria, and in the moving process I had some cameras sitting on the couch waiting to go to the car. All of them made it except for the 35RC. The movers were two 'green cards' only one of whom could SORT OF speak English. I got moved OK, but I lost the Oly in the process. It was a nice camera. Guess my Yashicamat 124 was too big to haul!! It's still around.

Spider67
07-20-2007, 08:09
I sure wish I still had mine. I bought it brand new in 1974 and enjoyed using it, since it was so small and handy to use.

In 2000 I moved from the LA area up to Santa Maria, and in the moving process I had some cameras sitting on the couch waiting to go to the car. All of them made it except for the 35RC. The movers were two 'green cards' only one of whom could SORT OF speak English. I got moved OK, but I lost the Oly in the process. It was a nice camera. Guess my Yashicamat 124 was too big to haul!! It's still around.

Hi Sorry for your loss...but how much did you pay for it in 72?
Would be rather interesting as some people just rmemeber that it was not on the chep side.
Thanks for sharing...just yesterday i bought a second one for a very nioce price

f/stopblues
07-21-2007, 20:01
I love the VF and general setup of the camera, but I'm having trouble holding it comfortably since its so small. It could be the fact that I'm 6'7" and have hands to match :D I'm going to take it on the street a few more times and see how I feel after that.

Now I'm questioning whether my aspirations of owning a CL or CLE should be kicked to the curb! A camera can have all the right features, but if it doesn't feel right in your hands then it's as useful as... well... something that's not very useful :bang:


Okay, I actually had time to run some film through my Oly today and much to my surprise, it felt nice and comfy in my (massive) hands! Everything felt natural except that it took a little effort to get my fingers around the aperture ring. Chalk me up as another happy 35RC user. Results in the gallery to come..

ruben
07-24-2007, 13:15
One thing to remark about the RC is having both speed and aperture scales at the viewing window.

Very special.

Cheers,
Ruben

dll927
07-24-2007, 15:49
Spider67 -- You're in luck. I happen to have a set of "Minolta SRT System Handbook", which has an "equipment inventory" in it.

I bought the 35RC on 12-16-73 and paid $98 for it, according to those records.
Purchased at a store, long out of business, named Fedco.

Further information: The serial number was 347592. If you see it floating around, please let me know!! Still wish I had it!!

back alley
07-24-2007, 17:16
i remember paying about 100 bucks american for it, 1971 in n.y.c.

joe

conradyiu
08-11-2007, 18:37
I would like to get one RC too. Under the manual mode, do the meter still works?

ully
08-11-2007, 18:46
They don't get much better for ease of use.