Rangefinder Film Cameras of the 1960s and 1970s

Olympus XA Olympus XA

Olympus XA The Olympus XA is a 35mm aperture priority rangefinder film camera. It fits snugly in the hand and the sliding clamshell, or capsule, means it’s always ready to shoot. The smooth rounded corners enhance the tactile feel and make it easier to get in and out of a jacket pocket. It comes with…

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Ricoh 500G Ricoh 500G

Ricoh 500G 35mm film camera I’ve had this little Ricoh 500G camera for quite a few years and have shot a lot of film with it. The results have always impressed. If you have been thinking about getting one of these my advice is to go ahead and take the plunge! You won’t be disappointed.…

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Yashica Electro 35 featured image Yashica Electro 35 featured image

Yashica Electro 35 The Yashica Electro 35 was one of the first old range-finder cameras I purchased. It is very big, heavy, and old-fashioned, but make no mistake, it takes great photographs. This thing is amazing! In my opinion, it is also one of the best looking of all the old 1960s and 1970s range-finders.…

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Canon A35 Datelux rangefinder film camera Canon A35 Datelux rangefinder film camera

Canon A35 Datelux (1977) I liked the look of this camera the moment I first saw it in a second-hand goods store. It looks cool in black. The construction of the Canon A35 Datelux is mostly of metal with just a few plastic parts. It weighs 540g so has a reassuring bit of heft to…

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Olympus 35ED Olympus 35ED

Olympus 35 ED 06/05/2013 by Allan Burgess | No Comment The Olympus 35ED was one of the last rangefinders to be made as single lens reflex cameras began to overtake rangefinders in the marketplace. It is programmed Automatic Exposure control only. There are no manual controls. This is something I don’t like. It means if…

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Petri Racer Petri Racer

Petri Racer I picked up this unusual Petri Racer at my favourite second-hand store in Nelson recently for a couple of dollars. In is unusual in two respects, firstly the shutter release button is on the front of the camera instead of on the top; and secondly, the camera body and lens barrel appear to use…

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Olympus-35RC Olympus-35RC

Specifications: Olympus 35 RC 35mm rangefinder film camera Type: 35mm Rangefinder Film Camera Lens: Olympus E Zuiko 42 mm f2.8 Accepts 43.5mm filters which are difficult to get. The focus range is from 0.9m to infinity. Marked in both feet and metres. The lens has 5 glass elements in 4 groups. Look carefully at the…

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