Olympus 35 ECR rangefinder 35mm camera with original box and case

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The Olympus 35 ECR is one of the smallest rangefinder cameras we've ever used. This camera offers fully automatic exposure camera (you can use the film speed ring for backlight compensation though) with a very short 15 degree throw (favored by street photographers who need to work quickly). It features a sharp 42mm f2.8 E. Zuiko lens made up of 5 elements in 4 groups.

The camera originally called for two RM-640 mercury batteries; we tested with 675 zinc air cells (with tin foil filling the extra space) and got very good results. The only issues we encountered with the smaller batteries is that the indicator lights only illuminate briefly and extra long exposures (1-4 seconds) aren't possible due to the lower current. We recommend using PX640 alkaline batteries if these features are important to you.

Condition notes
The camera was tested with film and delivered sharp, well-exposed images. We also verified focus accuracy on an autocollimator. It is in very good aesthetic condition as well. The original box and leatherette case are included.

Add-ons
+ film = a 24-exposure roll of Fujicolor 200 film.
+ batteries = two 675-type zinc air batteries.

Example photos
Here are some pictures that other people have taken with this model of camera:
https://www.lomography.com/cameras/3347043-olympus-35-ecr/photos

 

 

Manual
https://www.cameramanuals.org/olympus_pdf/olympus_35ecr.pdf

Specifications

  • Format : 35mm (24x36 full frame format)
  • Lens : 42mm f2.8 E. Zuiko, 5 elements in 4 groups
  • Shutter : Seiko ESF electronic shutter
  • Exposure Control : Fully automatic programmed system. Automatically selects correct lens aperture/shutter speed combination from 4 sec. to 1/800 sec. EVI (4 sec. f2.8) to EV17 (1/800 sec. f 13) at ASA 100. Automatic flash system, selects correct aperture as you focus and sets correct shutter speed automatically. Synchronization speed 1/20 sec. Camera has both cordless contact and PC contact. Will operate correctly with any flash unit having guide number 7-56 in meter scale (23-180 in feet scale)
  • Sensing Cell : Ultra sensitive Cadmium Sulphide (CdS) type
  • Power Source : 2 pieces, 1.4V mercury battery HM-N type Mallory RM-640 or equivalent
  • Film Speed Scale : ASA 25-800(DIN 15-30)
  • Viewfinder Lights visible in : Rangefinder 0.6x with parallax correction marks.
  • Viewfinder : Yellow light for battery test and slow shutter speed warning. Green light indicating activation of automatic flash system.
  • Focusing : Double image coupled rangefinder. Rotating helicoid system. Focus range 0.9m (3 ft) to infinity <»
  • Film Loading : EL system (Easy Loading system)
  • Film Advance : Thumb wheel film advance at rear of camera body Automatic shutter cocking and double exposure prevention
  • Film Rewind : Rapid rewind crank. Film release button on bottom of camera
  • Film Counter : Exposure counting type Automatic self-resetting
  • Shutter Release : Push button with locking control. Automatic locking system of shutter release button for battery drain.
  • Rear Cover : Hinge type
  • Acccessory Shoe s Cordless flash contact
  • Lens Accessory Size : Olympus 43.5mm, screw-in type
  • Size : 111x67x52mm (4%x2%x2V)
  • Weight : 415 grams (14% oz.)