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Paul Morgan
18/10/2010 - 8:23 pm

Built between 1969 and 1976, the Olympus 35-SP was the most technologically advanced fixed-lens rangefinder of its day.

The camera has a dual metering system taking both spot and centre weighted readings, and was the first ever camera to include AE exposure and spot metering @ 6 degrees (indicated by the bright Rangefinder Spot in the viewfinder) and full manual override.

Spot metering is set by holding down a small button on the back of the camera. A rather nice feature is that you can not accidentally leave the camera set in this mode, as soon as you release the button the camera reverts back to centre weighted metering.
The sharp 7 element five group 42/1.7 G Zuiko lens focuses down to about 0.85m and is seen as one of the finest fixed lens rangefinder lenses ever produced. The aperture range goes from f1.7 to f16 and the lens includes a 49mm filter thread.

The camera's top plate is none cluttered, both aperture and shutter speeds are set by rings on the lens, very similar to that of the OM1/OM2.

There's a nine second self timer, a small lever fitted to the side of the lens. Shutter speeds run from 1 to 1/500 second plus B.

ASA film settings from 25 to 800. Flash sync at all speeds, from 1 sec to 1/500th. If using a flash unit there's a flash guide number range set on the middle ring mounted on the lens. Simply set the ring to the guide number matched to the flash, focusing on your subject then sets the flash power output.

The only negatives I can find with this camera is the uncoupled manual metering and viewfinder information measured in Evs.

There are two other versions of this camera, one in black, and the 35SPn that has a slightly larger film advance lever and a battery power button check.

There's a PDF down loadable manual here.

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