It’s been an interesting month. I’ve been shooting a lot of film, and I indulged in a bit of Gear Acquisition Syndrome on eBay. One of my new toys is an Olympus 35RC.
The 35RC is a pocket 35mm rangefinder manufactured in the 1970s. There is a detailed review here.
First impressions are of a nicely sized, nicely weighted camera. The aperture control ring is a bit small and difficult to handle, but the automatic mode makes it unnecessary to adjust it often. I had my doubts about the accuracy of the meter because of a non-standard replacement battery. It seemed to be overexposing in the house.
After a quick dusting, I loaded a test roll of 200ASA and headed out.
The meter seemed to behave outdoors, shooting close to sunny 16. The wind is smooth and quiet. The lack of a mirror makes the shutter release with a gentle click and no vibration. As this is my first rangefinder, focusing took a bit of experimentation. Beth and I shot most of a roll along the Topsfield Linear Common.
If the shots come out well, this one should figure high on my regular carry list. I’ll post a few once they are developed.
UPDATE: Highlights of the first roll are here.