Saturday, July 06, 2024

Small, But Mighty

The Olympus 35RC looks like a traditionally designed rangefinder camera, but it is scaled down to palm size while still making full-frame 35mm images.  The shutter-priority auto-exposure is reliably accurate.  Shutter speeds range from 1/15 to 1/500.  The lens is a sharp 2.8/42mm 5-element E. Zuiko.  The viewfinder is  bright and the rangefinder features good contrast and fast focusing.


I loaded a roll of Kodak UltraMax 400 and carried the 35RC around for a week, visiting my usual haunts around Albuquerque's Old Town.  I've gotten in the habit of giving most of the films I use an extra stop of exposure beyond the box speed.  However, the UltraMax 400 really seems to yield better results without that extra push.

 The UltraMax grain pattern is quite fine for a fast film,and the speed yields good versatility, producing well-exposed images in both bright and low light scenarios.

I particularly like 400-speed film for sunny day hip shooting.  With the focus set to ten feet, the shutter at 1/500 and a f16 aperture, about anything you point the camera at is going to be focused and sharp .

I finished off the roll on a Friday morning in the Plaza Vieja.  The sleek Pontiac hardtop was one I hadn't seen there before.  The little '32 Ford Victoria got to show off its engine.


Kodachromeguy said...

Well done! The little Olympus 35RC was an excellent little gem. The bigger brother, the 35RD, had a different lens, the 6-element 40mm ƒ/1.7 unit. A friend used his 35RC for hiking all over North America.

Mike said...

The meter is really good on the 35RC. That seems surprising because it is mechanically activated. Fortunately, it is very easy to adjust by just taking off the camera bottom.