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Old Dec 17, 2010, 2:18 PM   #1
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Default Well, I've decided to switch cameras

Well, not quite, really.

This morning, I went to an estate sale as I had received an e-mail from the liquidation company that there would be a lot of vintage cameras and lenses to be sold.

I was the first person in to the camera area and had the place to myself for about 15minutes. They were right; lots of old cameras, mostly in various stages of conditions and disrepair.

I spotted this little rangefinder and lo and behold a little Olympus 35DC rangefinder. The less expensive version on the 35RD. I looked at the sticker, 7bucks, I couldn't pass it up.

I took it home, cleaned it up and thought I'd just display it. But, I did have an old battery kicking around from the old days and I popped it in. GEEZ, the darn things works!

I'm off to get a roll of film for this little guy and going to give it a go. See if it really does still take some pictures.


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Old Dec 17, 2010, 2:24 PM   #2
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The little booger looks like it's built like a tank! Have fun with it
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Old Dec 17, 2010, 2:35 PM   #3
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That is really cool.

Zig, you do remember what that lever on the top is for, right?

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Old Dec 17, 2010, 2:58 PM   #4
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Zig that is a cool find & great deal, hope to see some images from it.
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Zig .. well done ..!!! it looks a beaut .. I wish Oly made the EP's like that instead !!!
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Excellent find....

The website cameraquest.com has profiles on various classic cameras, including all of the fixed-lens rangefinder types of the 60's and 70's. A cool reference site for anyone looking to learn about any specific classic camera.

These cameras are very popular on eBay.
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Excellent find....

The website cameraquest.com has profiles on various classic cameras, including all of the fixed-lens rangefinder types of the 60's and 70's. A cool reference site for anyone looking to learn about any specific classic camera.
Greg, thanks for posting that. From time to time I have tried to remember the model of the first camera I ever used, and that site helped me figure it out. It was a Canon VT, a Leica-screw-mount type rangefinder with an innovative film advance that was a pop-out lever on the bottom of the camera, way better than the Leicas at the time where you had to wind a dial to advance the film. I borrowed it from a friend of my cousin to take on a family trip.

Oddly, the first camera I ever owned was a used Leica IIIf red dial, whose film advance was - you guessed it - a dial to wind.

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