Pocket-sized legend – Olympus 35 RC

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Chic and small, sturdy and producing great photos, timeless design…what is not to love about the legendary Olympus 35 RC Rangefinder camera? We can tell you..not much.

Made in the 70’s, a golden age for rangefinders, Olympus were always leading when it came to very very small, but fully functional, design. An the Oly 35 RC is one of their best achievements, together with the XA 1.

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Product Description


The 35RC has two things to go for. First, like we already mentioned, it’s tiny. It measures only 110mm × 75mm × 30mm (4.3 × 3.0 × 2.4 inches), excluding the lens, which protrudes 20mm (0.8 inches) from the camera body. That means you can easily slip the 35 RC into your jacket pocket. The second big plus is that you have complete control over the camera’s operation. The 35RC normally operates in shutter-priority mode. That means you choose the shutter speed and the camera selects the f/stop based on lighting conditions. But you can also go in full manual mode, and its viewfinder displays both settings – aperture and speed, so you know at a glance what the camera is doing without having to take your eye off the scene. The 42mm f/2.8 Zuiko lens is sharp and produces beautiful images.

Camera is in good conditions, with signs of age that you can see in the photos. It has been tested with battery for functionality (not with film) and it measures correctly (will ship with battery, but you might also want to put a fresh one in). Works in Automatic mode (just make sure the dial is not too set towards flash sign as it will not work), and also in manual without battery. It has a small dent, probably from an older drop, as it can be seen in photos, but the functionality is not affected in any way. Comes with a skylight filter and a rather aged and battered Olympus camera case and hand strap.

Any additional questions please ask, and we can send further photos if needed. If charged too much after checking with the post office, will always refund any additional postage paid.

Type: rangefinder camera
Film: 35mm
Lens: E.Zuiko f 2.8 / 42mm
Shutter: Olympus, 1/500, 1/250, 1/125, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15 and B
Focusing: Double image coupled rangefinder, range 0.9m to infinity.
Exposure Control: Auto – Shutter speed preferred (except B) with shutter release lock for insufficient
Manual – Shutter speed and F/stop manually selective.
Power: PX625 or equivalent 1.35V mercury cell
Self-Timer: About 10 sec. delay
Dimensions: 109x70x50mm
Filter Mount: Olympus 43.5mm screw-in type
Weight: 410g