Vivitar 35 EE - The Perfect Backup

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The Vivitar 35EE is a 35mm rangefinder camera with automatic exposure from the 1970s. It is a pretty compact and perfect to shoot rapidly and discrete.

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During my holydays my camera broke down and left me with a big hole in my hand. I was then looking for a place to repair it in the Netherlands but nobody could help me. I even heard a photographer telling me to throw this thing in the canal of Amsterdam. I thought that wasn’t the best idea and decided to send it back to be repaired. In the meantime I realized that I needed a real backup automatic compact camera ready to shoot rapidly and discrete. Luckily I found a Vivitar 35EE for 7.5 euros at a fair last fall!

The Vivitar 35EE is a 35mm rangefinder camera with automatic exposure, made for Vivitar in the later 1970s. It is a pretty compact camera, slightly bigger and heavier than the LOMO LC-A. On the other it requires only one mercury battery. It possess a rapid film loading system and a build-in 10sec delay self timer. However, there is no B function for long exposure and shutter speed is compromised between 1/30 and 1/650 sec. It is then a good camera for cloudy days and for bright interiors. It is possible to combine with a colorsplash for darker environments.

The double exposure can be done manually even if you have to trick the single stroke system which is not always convenient. I really like this camera for its similarities with the LC-A on broad daylight and I realized that it gives a particular vintage look to my pictures. Is shutter system is pretty nice and can be reloaded in an instant with a freaky sound. Now the Vivitar 35EE has taken place next to my LC-A in my camera bag ready to shoot the fun.

written by fancholland2 on 2010-02-26 in #reviews #vintage #double-exposure #vivitar-35ee #cross-process #automatic #redscale

10 Comments

  1. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    6, 16 and 17 are just lovely! And a great use of redscale!

    Gotta love these electric eye cameras too!

  2. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    6, 16 and 17 are just lovely! And a great use of redscale!

    Gotta love these electric eye cameras too!

  3. paramir
    paramir ·

    looks like a pretty cool camera! nice gallery!

  4. lolfox
    lolfox ·

    Cool review...
    A Great discovery from unfortunate circumstances

  5. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Cool review. The camera look great!

  6. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    WOW! great gallery! it's time to load my "neverused" 35EE!

  7. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    love the gallery - superb results for a cheap camera! :)

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    Wowowo ! Crazy gallery ! congrats !

  9. obungen
    obungen ·

    you have a beautiful gallery!! thanks for sharing

  10. fancholland2
    fancholland2 ·

    Thanks for the comments my friends! I really appreciate. Next time I will go BW with the Vivitar 35EE to see if I can get nice results :)

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