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One can get lucky sometimes! (test pictures added)
Old 06-07-2007   #1
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One can get lucky sometimes! (test pictures added)

*** Added some test pictures from this camera below ***

I am a happy camper.

I bid for a non-working Olympus DC on the 'Bay several months ago for cheap. I left the package under the table for months partly because I knew it wasn't a working camera, and I was not keen on finding out in what shape it'll be in. And I have other cameras that needed testing.

A couple days ago, I decided to open the package and give it a look. The camera was as expected, not working, the shutter won't go even with a newish battery. The shutter release is in deep recess, the film advance lever is stuck, opening the back, everything is in order, the film spools are rotating fine, but nothing can unstuck the shutter assembly.

Other than that, the cosmetics are more than ok, it's very clean, a couple of faint scratches is all.

Then I noticed something weird about the position of the self-timer lever. It's out of kilt (pointing towards down), looks like a disjointed shoulder (ouch!). On a whim, I bent the lever even more towards the bottom of the camera.

And voila! with a whir, the self-timer went alive! when it arrived at the normal position, I heard the best sound I heard that day: A click! the shutter release pops up... and everything else starts working!

So I have a practically *new* Olympus 35 DC.

What's the big deal you may ask?

Well, personally, this camera was released in 1971 which makes it exactly the same age as I am, that's the sentimental part...

Also, this camera has the same lens Olympus put in the famous RD, an F.Zuiko 40mm/1.7 which will make this camera a superb indoor shooter.

... And, the lens is 49mm in diameter, making all of my OM lens filter usable on it.

Unlike the RD, the camera decides for you which aperture and shutter combination to use, that may sound bad, but this is Olympus we're talking about, they KNOW how to auto-select exposure settings. Want proofs? look for sample pictures from the XA2/3/4 and Trip 35.

Here's some shots of the camera:



closer up...



Some test pictures:

Sharpness, detail, and bokeh test:



next, highlights and shadow:



next, color rendition (morning light):



... no post-processing other than crop has been done to these pictures.

More samples in this flickr set

CONCLUSION: Darn, no wonder the 35 RD are still fetching good money on the used market these days. This 40mm/1.7 lens is of *very* good quality. I don't really mind relinquishing control of the exposure settings to the camera itself, as the sample pictures have proven to me, Olympus did a good job "programming" this camera.
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Old 06-07-2007   #2
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Very nice!
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Old 06-07-2007   #5
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That's the fun. All these mechanisms are different. It's a "trip" learning to work with each one.
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Old 06-07-2007   #7
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Well, personally, this camera was released in 1971 which makes it exactly the same age as I am, that's the sentimental part...
I am not the only one then... I have been "released" two years before you and I also have quite a few cameras just because they were from the same year as I am. The dearest to me is a black F with non metering prism, a 35mm f 1:2 and serial number 69xxxxxx...

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Old 06-07-2007   #8
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I am not the only one then... I have been "released" two years before you and I also have quite a few cameras just because they were from the same year as I am. The dearest to me is a black F with non metering prism, a 35mm f 1:2 and serial number 69xxxxxx...

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Wow, the Nkon F, that's quite a legend to be "related" with

There's a poll here in RFF that asks which camera is "related" to you. That's where I got to find out that this camera is exactly my age.
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Old 06-07-2007   #9
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Do you invest in the lottery? You might think about it.
Nah, I like small "luck" like this the consequences are little to none
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Old 06-07-2007   #10
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I hate you, shadowfox, and your blasted good fortune.

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Old 06-07-2007   #11
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Old 06-07-2007   #12
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Wow, the Nkon F, that's quite a legend to be "related" with

There's a poll here in RFF that asks which camera is "related" to you. That's where I got to find out that this camera is exactly my age.
Well, you can be related to a Nikon F too...just find a 1971 Nikon F and you are done...

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Old 06-08-2007   #13
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*bump*

I've added several photos from the test roll. See my original post above.
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Old 06-08-2007   #14
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It is a beautiful camera and appears to be all metal not plastic...
My Olympus 35-S (1957 era, Fixed Lens) has the G. Zuiko 4.2cm 1.8 so I guess they are closely related...The lens is indeed sharp but with a soft overall look.
I don't think I have ever used color film in it...I just might give it a try...
I had to look again...Nice camera you got there!!
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Sam: I think Olympus got a lot of mileage out of that G.Zuiko formula. 40mm, 42mm and 50mm.

Erik: Yeah, I hate shadow too. Not because of his good fortune, but because the effect he has on my wallet. In the past I'd thought about the DC, but really lusted after the RD. I currently am budgeting for a good scanner, so any more camera purchases are on hold, at least in the RD price range. But since a good DC can be had for peanuts, I may just try to slip one into the house.

Holy crap those are nice shots!
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Wow, great pics. With quality like that, who needs an M8?
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Erik: Yeah, I hate shadow too. Not because of his good fortune, but because the effect he has on my wallet. In the past I'd thought about the DC, but really lusted after the RD. I currently am budgeting for a good scanner, so any more camera purchases are on hold, at least in the RD price range. But since a good DC can be had for peanuts, I may just try to slip one into the house.
Speaking of wallet, I am in a dire need to sell stuff

Now that I have the DC, I'm done looking for an RD.
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Wow, great pics. With quality like that, who needs an M8?

Andy, thanks for the compliment.

... BTW, who really *needs* an M8?
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Am I right in thinking the DC has a backlight button to give at least some exposure control? I have a similar Oly ECR and Minolta Himatic E, neither of which have that control.
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Am I right in thinking the DC has a backlight button to give at least some exposure control? I have a similar Oly ECR and Minolta Himatic E, neither of which have that control.
That is correct, I've yet to test it. I've been counting my blessing that this camera works at all. I'll give it a test with the next roll.
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Hi Shadowfox. I just received a 35 DC from #bay and it cleaned up pretty well. I was wondering if you know how the shutter works, do the shutter blades form the aperture as well control the speed. Mine looks "lazy" on the slower speeds (it doesn't snap open and then snap shut like normal clockwork shutters) is yours the same? I'll put a film through it soon but I can't help thinking that the middle of the negative will get greater exposure than the edges. I'll be interested to hear how your shutter behaves.
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Me again. Just ran a film through my 35-DC and the "lazy" shutter worked fine. Exposures were spot on.
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Hi Howard,

I've been meaning to answer your question, but it slipped my mind. Without a manual aperture dial, I can't tell whether the aperture diaphragm is also the shutter, it seem so from looking at it from the front. A more technically savvy member should be able to tell us exactly.

Anyways, I'm glad that the camera works fine for you.

Now, share some of your images here, don't keep it all to yourself
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I know exactly how you feel...I bought a virtually brand new Black OM-1n with a "non working meter"....turned out that the meter was "non working" due to there was no battery hahaha....
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Congratulations! Always nice to get a dud in order, and that one looks like she's in top shape now. Is that camera the came size as the 35RC? If it is, I may have to go out on the hunt for the case you have on it. I'd love to get one on my RC!
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Congratulations! Always nice to get a dud in order, and that one looks like she's in top shape now. Is that camera the came size as the 35RC? If it is, I may have to go out on the hunt for the case you have on it. I'd love to get one on my RC!
Hi Jay, unfortunately, the 35 DC is a bit bigger than the RC. It's the same size as the RD and ED. About the case, I agree, it would be the ultimate in classiness if you can find similar one for your RC.
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I had a similar situation with 35DC. I found one at a thrift store in a pipe of cheap plastic pointer and shoots and a few broken cameras. The rangefinder patch didn't move while focusing. Picked it up for $8 or so. Spent a few hours working on it and had a practically new camera.

The 35DC had an opposite effect on me - it made me desperately want a 35RD. About 6 months later, I found one. It went out for a CLA due to oily blades - it will hopefully be coming back soon. I'm extremely excited to get out shooting with it. I expect it to bump the Canonet 17 GIII as my default fixed lens rangefinder.

This was one of my first shots with the 35DC:

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Hey, i just bought that exact same pair of shoe yesterday =D
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Hi,
i always liked the 35 DC, But has i have an RD i think i will never buy it.
I am making now a test to compare the 35 RD with the Canon QL17 GIII, with the same film on the cameras and some pictures in different situations to compare them. I don't know the results but i almost bet that the RD is slightly better...
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the shots you take were made in what film?
they are really good!
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Good to see that test... By the way, Will's shots show that 40 1.7 and camera metering are great... Small and nice bokeh!

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