With a size of 111×67×49 mm, this is one of the smaller viewfinder cameras, I actually like the size, it’s a bit easier to bring a long, because it fits in your pocket.
With a weight of 410g, it’s still on the heavy side, especially in you take the size in consideration, but the weight adds to the feeling that this is a quality camera, and it doesn’t really bother me.
The lens on this camera, is just amazing, it’s a super sharp 42mm 2.8 lens, so far I haven’t seen anything like it, on a viewfinder camera.
I found mine in a thrift shop for almost no money (read very cheap), I didn’t know if it was working or not – there is a dent in the top, right side of the camera – but for the price I was willing to take a change. And it turned out that the camera works perfectly.
Originally it used two RM640 mercury batteries, of course you can’t get those anymore, so I just use two PX640 instead and then just lower the ISO setting a little to compensate for the higher voltage, and that works just fine.
It has zone focus in the viewfinder, which is nice, but you can still see the actual distance in meters on the lens, and that is super nice. I’m not a fan of cameras that only has the zone focus indication.
The camera, very fast became my favorite viewfinder camera in my collection, and I’m going to have a lot more strolls with it, in the future. If you happen to come across one, don’t hesitate to buy it, it really is awesome.
Olympus 35 EC
One of the best viewfinder cameras I have tried.
- Great lens
- Uses obsolete battery
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