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Old Apr 16, 2009, 8:19 PM   #1
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I was surfing the usual digital camera forums, as I usually do when I get bored and found a pretty good article on Ken Rockwell's site regarding a nifty little film camera made by Olympus.

You film guys, long in the tooth, will remember the simple little 35RC rangefinder made by Olympus- I don't know how many years ago. It all of a sudden struck me that the 35RC is the perfect template for Oly's entry into the M43 world. Small, simple to use, great little 42mm lens(almost perfect). A nifty little performer.

Anyways, here's the link, for those interested in a great read and a camera that quite possibly was the basis for the m43 design(IMHO)

http://kenrockwell.com/olympus/35rc.htm

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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My favorite all time Olympus rangefinder was the 35RD, which was slightly higher spec'd over the RC with a more desireable,faster f1.7 lens. The guide number-based flash systemwas, and still is, extremely accurate.

http://cameraquest.com/olyrd.htm

That Cameraquest site is a goldmine of information if you love old rangefinder cameras.
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Old Apr 17, 2009, 2:29 PM   #3
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Hi Greg,

Thanks for pointing out the 35 RD article over at Camera Quest. A 40 f1.7 lens similar to the one used on the 35RD would make a fine 1st lens for the Micro43.

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 4:29 PM   #4
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Tooo big, tooo large ... half frame SLR !

why not Olympus Pen FT (FourThirds, hehehe, :lol: ) - with lens 1:1.4

Sensationell: half frame 24x18 mm !

http://www.cameraleather.com/penf/



http://www.cjo.info/personal/html/ccc/olympuspenft.html




http://www.taunusreiter.de/Cameras/Olympus_PenF.html



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Brings back good memories!. I have to agree with DonalDuc. I remember the 35RD, but the PenFT was a super little camera. Well made, versatile, fun to use and could carry in your pocket. It would make for a neat m4/3.

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 10:21 PM   #6
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All this talk about the Olympus 35RC, 35RD, and Pen FFilm cameras has me thinking about picking one up on Ebay or Craig's List.

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Old Apr 18, 2009, 5:14 AM   #7
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zig-123 wrote:
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All this talk about the Olympus 35RC, 35RD, and Pen FFilm cameras has me thinking about picking one up on Ebay or Craig's List.

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But Zig, Zig, they use FILM. Remember film? You have to take it somewhere to get it developed and printed. Or build a darkroom. Yo, Zig!

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But Zig, Zig, they use FILM. Remember film? You have to take it somewhere to get it developed and printed. Or build a darkroom. Yo, Zig!

(grin)

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Yikes!!! What was I thinking?:?

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Well, aren't there some pics in web hinting that first m4/3 camera of Olympus might be that kind?
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Yikes!!! What was I thinking?:?

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You got me reminiscing and I think the biggest advantage to digital photography is how easily we can share our photos. With film you have to scan the print or someone has to come to your house.

The one thing better about film SLRs is that to a large extent the camera body isn't all that important, just the glass is. With DSLRs both the imager and the glass need to be good and we're now in a loop of upgrading camera bodies regularly. I used my old Canon AE1 for years.

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