Amarcord: Olympus 35 SP



We now know that Olympus will release a new Micro Four Thirds camera within the next 1-2 months. As they always took inspiration from the past let’s check back some of the Olympus historical cameras. Today I make a short intro to the is the Olympus 35 SP.

Like so many Olympus cameras also that one marked a point in the camera history. Launched in 1969 it had a unique feature: It was the first Rangefinder camera with a dual metering system (spot or centerweighted readings). It has a high quality 42/1.7 fixed G.Zuiko lens. Yep, there is a “G” letter before the “Zuiko” because it refers to the seventh letter of the alphabet to signify the seven elements of the lens construction. And according to Andrew from UTexas: “It truly matches or surpasses many prime lens available today.“.

But there are many unique features on that camera. a controls (including exposure modes and timer) are on the lens!
Really, you have to read the wonderful written article at Utexas (Click here) to understand all the greatness on this jewel. One more interetsing article is also available at Cameraquest.

The camera itself is of course available on plenty of acutions on eBay (Click ehre to see them). Great camera that (unlike all digital cameras) will likely work fine for all the rest of our long life 🙂


a little bit of everything…


Panasonic LX7 Setup Guide with Tips and Tricks

Sigma 19mm review at Amdiringlight.
60mm macro review at ThePhoBlographer.
Panasonic zoom guide in spanish at DSLRmagazine.
Chinese GH3 hands-on at DCfever.
Dutch Olympus 45mm/F1,8 test at Pixelmania.
OMD Black and White at Lepidi.
Panasonic GX1 Impressions at TheOnlinePhotographer.
German XZ-2 test at Der Spiegel.
Large Sensor Compact Cameras – Which one to buy? (Digitalrev).

Joe:Check out my unedited, raw footage from the Panasonic GH3 for my upcoming review. Puppies!!!!

Tobi Topp:Hello,
I’v been following your site for quite a while now and want to thank you for all the hard work you ut in there! I fell in love with m43 when I got my GH2 in 2010 and since September I run my own litlle company. We shoot with “bigger” cameras now, but I am still in love with these great compact Pany cams!
I shot a short video that might be worth bein gshown on your site as an example of the capabilities of the new GH3 and the 25/50p 50mbps codec. It handled much better in post and the slowmotion is nice! Using it “nude in ice cold wind and snow was no problem at all! I hope you like it


Panasonic GH3 Tips and Tricks Guide (Still a few cameras in Stock at Kenmore).


If you own the GH3 and want to learn more about it watch the video on top that contains a Tips and Tricks Guide for your Custom Settings. And by the way, Giulio at SmallCameraBigPicture is very upset that Phase One is still ignoring the GH3 and E-M5 🙂

And if you have a GH3 on pre order in US than Amazon likely notified you yesterday that the camera will ship by end of this month. There are still a few cameras left in Stock via eBay US at 39mm (Click here) and Kenmorecamera (Click here).

Reminder: The super E-M5 and Sigma MFT lens deals:
Black E-M5 body only for $809 at eBay US (Click here).
Black E-M5 body with 14-42mm lens for $899 at eBay US (Click here).
Both Sigma MFT lenses (the 30 and 19mm) for the price of one only at BHphoto (Click here).


Is the SLR magic 25mm f/0.95 better than the Nokton?


Andrew Reid tweeted the first image comparing the new SLR Magic 25mm f/0.95 vs the Nokton 25mm f/0.95. I have to say the results of the SLR Magic lens are stunning! I already posted a similar comparison back in May (Click here to read that article). But the lens used by Andrew is the final production version that should come on market in February for $799. But there will be a special rebate at launch and the real price will be $649. That’s $550 less than the Voigtlander Nokton lens!

Current SLRmagic lenses for Micro Four Thirds:
SLR Magic 12-36×50 ED Straight Spotting Scope lens (w/ hand grip) is now available on eBay (Click here).
SLR magic 11mm f/1.4 lens you can preorder on eBay (Click here).
Toy Lens 26mm f/1.4 lens on eBay (Click here).
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC lens on eBay (Click here).
Noktor SLRmagic 50mm on eBay (Click here)


Europe: New Olympus refurbished roundup. Cheapest E-M5 in France.


It’s weekend and if you have some time to try your fortune you may check out the latest new auctions at Olympusmarket. It’s by no mean close to the great US deals you saw the last week. But it’s the only way to save some Euro. The cheapest E-m5 I found in new conditions is the Black Body at Amazon France. And here are the refurbished stuff links. Click to check the current auction price:

Black body only Black body only Black body only Black with 12-50mm lens

Silver with 14-42mm lens Black with 14-42mm lens

12mm lens

“Older” Pen’s
White E-P1 Black E-P2 with 14-42mm lens Silver E-P2 body only Black E-PL3 with 14-150mm lens White E-PL3 with 17mm lens Silver E-PL3 with 14-42mm lens Black E-PL2 with double lens kit Silver E-P1 with double lens kit

More deals at Foto Hnas Keuzekamp:
Olympus 40-150 ED Silver – €139
Olympus 40-150 ED Black – €179
Olmypus 12-50mm Macro – €199

In future to get notified when there are new auctions login and save this search on my little new Slidoo eBay website:
Olympus E-M5 search (Click here).
Olympus E-PM2 search (Click here).
Olympus E-PM1 search (Click here).
Olympus E-PL5 search (Click here).
Olympus E-PL3 search (Click here).
Olympus E-PL1 search (Click here).
Olympus E-P2 search (Click here).
Olympus E-P1 search (Click here).