Having a light and compact camera is always a welcoming thought when you're out and about on your photo walks. Imagine lugging around a hulk of a camera and to miss out on quick photo opportunities because of its sheer size and weight. Of course, some small cameras don't have enough features to make shooting worthwhile but not the Olympus 35EC.
The Olympus 35EC is an electronic-controlled 35mm compact rangefinder that packs a lot of features despite its small size. It is handy and dependable, making it a great choice for quick-and-easy shots. It has a 5 elements in 4 groups fixed Zuiko 42mm f/2.8 lens that takes decent and fairly crisp shots. The 35EC also boasts an electronic shutter and a Seiko ESF that is automatically controlled and cocked with the press of the shutter.
Convenience is one of the selling points of the 35EC. With just enough settings to fiddle around with like the ASA selector (ranges from 4 seconds to 1/800 of a second) and a zone focus selector on the collar of the lens. Users are also easily informed by light indicators and a well-lit and systematic viewfinder indicator. Surprisingly, peering into the 35EC's viewfinder is refreshing. It accommodates the user's eye quite well and is more than enough for a rangefinder of its size.
Although the 35EC isn't the sharpest or most feature-packed camera in its category, it's still a good camera that produces good results and maybe even a better shooting experience than most compact rangefinders. The 35EC is modest in design but dependable when need be. Sometimes, that is all that matters to the regular photographer who just wants a camera that's easy and fun to shoot with.
Olympus 35EC Technical Specifications:
Lens: Zuiko 42mm f/2.8 5 elements in 4 groups
Focusing System: zone focus, rotating helicoid system, 3 feet to infinity
Filter Mount: 43.5mm
Meter: ultra sensitive Cadmium Sulphide (CdS) type
ISO: ASA 25-800
Shutter: Seiko ESF electronic shutter
Exposure: fully automatic programmed system
Flash Sync: with hotshoe, 1/20 of a second via PC terminal
Film Type: 35mm
Winding Mechanism: thumb wheel film advance
Dimensions: 111mm x 67mm x 49mm
Weight: 410 grams
Battery: 2 pieces 1.4v mercury battery HM-N type Mallory RM-640 or equivalent
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