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Olympus 35 EC viewfinder 35mm camera w/ case + flash

Olympus 35 EC viewfinder 35mm camera w/ case + flash

Regular price $185.00 CAD
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The Olympus 35 EC is a superb auto-exposure 35mm zone focus (viewfinder) camera introduced in 1969. This camera offers fully automatic exposure camera (you can use the film speed dial for backlight compensation though) and zone/scale focusing. It features a sharp 42mm f2.8 E. Zuiko lens made up of 5 elements in 4 groups.

Zone or scale focusing lets you use pictograms (head for close-up; head and shoulders for portrait; group; and 'mountain' for distant scenery) or distances in meters (on the lens ring).

The camera originally called for two RM-640 mercury batteries; we tested using a lithium CR1/3N (with a conductive spacer) and got very good results. We also tried with 675 zinc air cells and they worked very well except the indicator lights only illuminate briefly and extra long exposures (1-4 seconds) aren't possible due to the lower current. PX640 alkaline batteries reportedly work very well too (but we haven't tried them).

We will include the CR1/3N which we used to film test this camera (it still tests as strong). 

The included Nicca flash requires two AA batteries (not included). 

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 cosmetic condition as well. The original leatherette case and a small Nicca flash are included.

Example photos
Here are some pictures that other people have taken with the 35 EC:



  • 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: Bright frame viewfinder (0.7X) with parallax correction marks and zone focus marks
  • Lights visible in Viewfinder: Yellow light for battery test and slow shutter speed warning. Blue light indicating activation of automatic flash system.
  • Focusing: Zone focus, rotating helicoid system; Focus range 0.9m (3 ft.) to infinity. Click stops at 1m (3.3 ft.), 1.5m (5 ft.), 3m (10 ft.) and 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 Cordless flash contact
  • Lens Accessory Size : Olympus 43.5mm, screw-in type
  • Size : 111x67x59mm 
  • Weight : 410 grams
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