Classic camerasOlympus 35 SP

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Compact 35mm rangefinders with fixed, often very fast, lenses were all the rage in the 1970s. Canon, Minolta, Yashica, Konica, Ricoh and others, all had very similar models, though strangely neither Pentax nor Nikon saw fit to join in with the compact rangefinder love-fest. The Olympus 35 SP was sold from 1969 to 1975, and it's a classic example of the genre. It has a number of disadvantages and (fortunately a rather longer list of) advantages over it's competitors:

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Photographs taken with the Olympus 35 SP

The shutter makes a rather funny noise on this camera, rather like the noise a shutter that doesn’t work properly makes! I have to admit I don’t really like the sound and action of the shutter, but at the end of the day the results speak for them selves, so I’m very happy with this camera! With most of these photos I was just letting the auto exposure mode do it’s thing. I only used manual mode to take some control of what aperture the camera so even then I was just setting the EV value suggested by the camera… I think the metering system on this camera does a grand job! All these photos were shot on my usual film: Kodak Portra 160.

Olympus 35 SP gallery - Image 1 - Blenheim Place, Edinburgh Olympus 35 SP gallery - Image 2 - Parliament Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Olympus 35 SP gallery - Image 3 - St Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Olympus 35 SP gallery - Image 4 - Parliament Square, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Olympus 35 SP gallery - Image 5 - Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Olympus 35 SP gallery - Image 6 - Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

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