During the late 1940’s and into the 50’s, Olympus released a series of 35mm cameras which were manufactured alongside the Olympus Six. The first in the series, the Olympus 35 I with its unusual catspaw, was also the first 35mm consumer camera sold in Japan. There were a number of subsequent versions of this camera as it was redesigned and modernised.
Featured below are my Olympus 35 IV and Olympus 35S. The 35 Model IV has a Zuiko C. 4cm f/3.5 lens set in a Copal shutter capable of speeds from 1 sec to 1/200th of a second. Later iterations of this version had speeds up to 1/300th or 1/500th. The Model IV is not a rangefinder. It is focused, after guesstimating or determining distance, by rotating the barrel at the front of the lens which has settings from just under 3ft to infinity.
The Olympus 35S is a coupled…
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