Why pay £20 ($37) for 30-year old Olympus 35RC compact?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Sammy, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. Sammy

    Sammy Guest

    I recently came across my old Olympus 35mm compact rangefinder camera.
    It's a model 35RC from about 30 years ago.

    On eBay I see someone got £20 for the same model (or $37 if you are in
    the US).


    Why would anyone want to pay £20 for that sort of camera?
    Sammy, Sep 30, 2006
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    SteveH Guest

    Because the Zuiko lens is absolutely *superb*. They take fantastic

    They're also a very compact and well made camera. Ideal for anyone who
    wants to take superb 35mm format pictures without carrying a bulky SLR
    around with them.
    SteveH, Sep 30, 2006
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  3. Sentimentality perhaps?

    I bought what I remember as an Olympus Trip half-frame in Singapore
    around September 1973. It shared a rucksac and my life for so many years
    that I still miss it today. I did spend some time trying to find an
    identical replacement, but "half frame" always was the problem..

    But if I ever saw one again, for sale at 20GBP, I might easily be tempted..
    Palindr☻me, Sep 30, 2006
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    SteveH Guest

    Not a half frame, I have a Trip 35mm inherited from my father.

    I love that camera. Totally idiot proof and takes brilliant pics.
    SteveH, Sep 30, 2006
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    The Legend Guest

    My best mate had an Olympus Trip in the mid seventies. IMHO, total crock of
    sh*t. Wasn't worth £2 new, let alone £20 second hand.

    The Legend, Sep 30, 2006
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    TheDave© Guest

    Makes sense to me. My first camera was a used Minolta XG-9 with a
    Vivitar 28-85 zoom, back when Vivitar was a good name. There are times
    I wish I still had that set-up, even if only to play around with once
    in awhile.
    TheDave©, Sep 30, 2006
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    SteveH Guest

    What was shit about it?

    Many professional photographers used Olympus Trip cameras in the 70s.
    They were especially favoured by journalists and David Bailey.
    SteveH, Sep 30, 2006
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    Peter Irwin Guest

    I'd pay $40 for one in nice shape. It is very small.
    It allows full manual operation. Even if the quality
    is only average for Japanese cameras of that vintage,
    it should be a pretty good camera.

    Peter Irwin, Sep 30, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    I recently bought a 27 year old Pentax KM for US$35 to replace one that I
    bought new back then but was stolen a couple of years back. Mate at the
    local camera shop said he had just sold one in the shop for AU$299 exactly
    the same as the one I bought.
    Pete D, Sep 30, 2006
  10. £15 then :)
    David Livingstone, Sep 30, 2006
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    Starlord Guest

    Maybe for the same reason I laied out $100.00 for a Topcon Super D back in
    about 1992, because I knew the camera was a good one and I wanted it. It's
    showing a bit of age now, sometime in the next six months I'll have to have
    it's shutter speeds adjusted and maybe the insides cleaned, but it's still a
    good camera.

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    Starlord, Oct 1, 2006
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    casioculture Guest

    I had one that i sold last year for £37 on ebay. Fabulous little thing
    it was. It always sat on my desk because I used to enjoy picking it up
    and just admiring it. It was an olympus, a great lens, a rangefinder,
    full manual operation and no need for battery (the battery was just for
    the lightmeter which you could do without).
    casioculture, Oct 1, 2006
  13. And remember films have never been better. Try a roll of Fuji Reala in
    it and get it D&P by a decent lab - not any of your High St crowd. And
    be surprised!

    Use any of the regular advertisers in Amateur Photography mag, etc, etc
    My favourite is Peak Imaging - but you get what you pay for.

    David Livingstone, Oct 1, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    I have a roll of RealA in my Pentax KM at the moment, must finish that off.
    Pete D, Oct 1, 2006
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    Doug Robbins Guest

    The OLY 35RC was small, quiet, well-made rangefinder, capable of full manual
    operation, with a very very sharp lens. What's not to like?

    Doug Robbins, Oct 6, 2006
  16. That's a bold statement in a lot of ways. The Olympus Trip was made in two
    versions, a plastic bodied cheap version aimed at happy snappers and a metal
    bodied version with flash support and aperture selection coupled with a
    precision ground Zuiko lens.

    Aimed at the more serious enthusiast, the metal bodied version was often the
    camera of choice in situations where Professional/serious amateur
    photographers didn't want to drag their OM-4/2 and a huge bag of glass and
    yet still achieve outstanding results.

    I own two metal bodied Trip's myself and they were money well spent IMHO.
    The results I get are far above and beyond what I would expect from a fixed
    lens point & shoot camera, be it film based or digital. I can't speak for
    your friend but the choice of film type, film speed and technique are all
    the more important with the Trip as it only has two predetermined shutter
    speeds available.

    In photography situations I have generally found that the majority of people
    who moan about the tools are actually the weak link themselves, no offence
    surface_tension, Oct 6, 2006
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