Vivitar 35 EE, the perfect backup


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.

During the holidays, my LC-A 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 Lomography to be repaired. In the meantime I realized that my LC-A was missing 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 and this was just like I had found my backup LC-A!

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 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 2010-04-30 #gear #review #redscale #vintage #double-exposure #cross-process #automatic #vivitar-35ee


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  1. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

    There are a lot of really nice cameras out there from the 70's and 80's. Great job on the review and great gallery!

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    nice camera. I would really have one in my bag. Beautiful photos. Well done fancholland2))

  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    great!! stunning gallery! I have one 35EE but never used it and it's a pity!

  4. retart
    retart ·

    love the camera love the pictures!!

  5. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·

    cute camera..but lca is cuter :D
    great photos! :D

  6. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    this is great! if i can find this, i'll get it. i dont have a back up camera for my lc-a+

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    Wow for such a price and such nice shots, this is a great deal !!!

  8. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    These are very nice cameras. Most Japanese camera companies made similar in the late 1960's and 1970's. Find and enjoy!!

  9. pulex
    pulex ·

    nice nice nice!! if i find one ill buy it. great gallery!

  10. pulex
    pulex ·

    nice nice nice!! if i find one ill buy it. great gallery!

  11. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Col review, gallery and camera :) I love these compact rangefinders from the 70's! :)

  12. dogtanian
    dogtanian ·

    is it me or does the bit about the photographer saying to chuck it in the canal bit sound familiar? i seem to have read that before somewhere haha great review and gallery though :D

  13. stitch
    stitch ·

    looks like a solid back-up camera ;)

  14. disdis
    disdis ·

    Nice gallery.... so many cameras out there!

  15. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    Very nice camera. maybe i will get one in case my lc-a brakes

  16. paramir
    paramir ·

    great review my friend! :)

  17. michaelburns
    michaelburns ·

    I have one. Needs a battery though. How do you do a double exposure with it?

  18. michaelburns
    michaelburns ·

    What are the numbers next to Auto? I thought it was fully automatic?

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