The Olympus 35RC first went on sale in 1970, one of a series of cameras that built on the breakthroughs of the Pen family, with auto exposure (EE).
It’s a beautiful camera, to look at, to hold and to use. Simple, with a sharp 42mm F/2.8 lens. The camera has nicely smooth and precise rangefinder focussing, though the focus spot is a little on the dim side. Close focus is 0.3m.
The 35RC delivers accurate shutter-preferred automatic and manual exposures. In Auto mode, the 35RC shutter locks if its settings would lead to a bad exposure. And, unlike any contemporary Leica, it shows apertures and shutter speeds in the finder.
Admittedly the shooting range is narrow, 1/15 to 1/500, and the ISO range is limited (ASA 25 – 800, but skips 40, 320 and 640). So it makes a lovely second camera – good on the street, too, especially given its tiny size.
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All shots taken with Kodak Portra 400.