Classic Fixed Lens Rangefinders:

Cameras I wished I owned:

Olympus 35 SP

by Karen Nakamura


Overview and Personal Comments








Interesting quirks















Technical Details

Camera Name Olympus 35 SP
Manufacturer Olympus
Place of Manufacture

Body: Japan

Lens: Japan

Date of Manufacture 1969 ~ 1975
Focusing System

Fully coupled rangefinder with built-in parallax compensation

Lens use helical focusing

Fixed Lens

42mm, f/1.7, Zuiko lens (7 elements in 5groups)

Minimum focusing distance = 0.9 meters (~2.8 feet)

Right focusing (infinity on right side)


Seiko shutter 1 secs - 1/500

X-flash sync at all speeds

9 sec. self-timer

Metering System

Spot and center-weighted metering
Program electronic exposure

EV 5.5 - 17(at ISO 100)


f/1.7 - f/16


External hot-shoe only

PC cable connection

Film type / speeds

Type 135 film (35mm standard)

ASA 25 to 800

Battery type PX-625 Mercury-oxide battery (discontinued)
Dimensions and weight 5 1/8" long  x 3 3/16 high x 2 7/16"; 22oz
Retail price ¥24,800 at release
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About Olympus

Although people think that Olympus must be a recent company, it actually has very old roots. It was founded in 1919 as "Takachiho Seisakusho" as a manufacturer of optical goods, with its first product being a microscope. In 1921, they released their first "Olympus" brand product. Their first camera came out in 1936, the Semi-Olympus with 75mm f/4.5 Zuiko lens. In 1949, the company changed their name to "Olympus Optical Co." after their main brand. One of their designers Yoshihisa Maitani, is famed for some classic designs:


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