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wpe68.gif (120901 bytes)     Olympus 35 RD

  Compact, full featured Rangefinder

              fast lens, manual over-ride, shutter priority AE with lots of nice features.  1975

The Oly 35 RD belongs in the elite small group of compact 35 Rangefinders with faster than f/2 lenses, automatic exposure, and manual over-ride.  It competes with the Leica CL, at far less cost.  


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The Plus Side

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The Negative

To really appreciate the Olympus RD you need to try to find a new camera today with its features.  You can't.  There are simply no compact rangefinder cameras made today with a faster than f/2 lens.  If you want available light and quiet shooting on a budget, this is an excellent choice.

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Olympus RC and RD:  2 oz and 1 1/3 f/stops apart.

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Olympus RD and Leica M3 with non-aspheric 35/2 Summicron and Voigtlander Kontur 35mm finder:  8.5 oz and $1650 apart.  Hmmm.


      Olympus 35 DC: a  modified RD with the same body, lens and rangefinder

      Olympus 35 ED: a stripped down RD, same body, apparently same rangefinder

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