Hmm, I buy broken cameras … just because they are cheap, and they need help. I find out about what they are after the fact. Sometimes I get surprised, like the Minolta Autocord … and it appears this new camera is also a surprise.
The Olympus 35 SP is a compact fixed lens camera made in the early 70’s … and it appears to be more than just a simple point & shoot film camera … at least from what I have read on the InterWeb.
Ken Rockwell … KR says this camera is the best fixed lens rangefinder camera and the lens is on par with the Summicron … and that’s all I’ve got to say about that.
OK, now that I got him out of the way lets get on with it. I’ve always appreciated Olympus products … I dreamed of owning an OM-4 Ti. The camera looks like your typical 1970’s single lens cameras … except that is labeled with an SP and a G. So you ask, what’s so special about that?
The SP in the model name stands for SPot meter (OK, that’s just my guess) … yes, this camera has spot metering !! and centre weight. The SPn and UC versions are the same camera with just minor changes.
The G is part of the lens labeling, Olympus G.Zuiko 1:1.7 f=42mm … the G is in reference to the number of elements. A,B,C,D,E,F,G = 1,2,3,4,5,6,7. Olympus liked to add this element letter on their lenses, which is a really great way of identifying the variants of the same camera. Hmm, 7 elements in 5 groups … something not expected to find in a camera with a fixed lens (except for the Walz Envoy 35, 7 elements in 3 groups based on image engraved on the top of the camera).
Now, it appears that many others have the same opinion as Ken … this lens (and camera) is really that good … and much cheaper than getting a Leica CL w/ 40mm Summicron. Many people on the Web approve this message.