Single-lens fully automatic rangefinder. This is quite a rare camera and impossible to find any information about. If anyone reading this blog has access to the user’s manual please get in touch!
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|Type of camera||Single-lens rangefinder type camera, combination of metal and plastic body.|
|Film/sensor type/size||35mm film (24x36mm )|
|Lens type||D.Zuiko 42mm 1:1.7, 7 elements…. 8 diaphragm blades…|
|Closest focus distance||0.8m|
|Viewfinder||Fixed. Size? Magnification?|
|Focusing||Fixed, overlapping pictures type. Parallax corrected?|
|Exposure meter||Battery-powered CdS sensor. Located above the lens and inside the filter ring.|
|Exposure program||Fully automatic.|
|Exposure compensation||None. Use ISO setting.|
|Shutter type||Seiko 1/15 to 1/500. Metal-bladed, vertical travel, focal plane. Cocked via film advance lever.|
|Shutter speed||Manual 1″-1/1000 + B|
|ASA setting and range||Manual, 12-1600|
|Flash||No built-in flash. Electronic flash PC socket 1/125 sec|
|Multiple exposure mechanism||Automatic prevention. You can probably use the rewind release button on the bottom plate.|
|Film advance||Manual, single stroke lever|
|Film rewind||Manual, folding crank|
|Self-timer mechanism||Yes – 10 seconds using button in front of the camera.|
|Weight and size||14 x 9 x 6,5 cm, 689 g|
|Battery type||Needs a battery to function. Still a mystery what type of battery I can use. One 1.5V 625 seems to work fine.|
|Year of production||1965.|
|Repair and maintenance||Battery size probably a problem. Need to create some kind of adapter. Light seals will need changing.|
|Link to manual||Cannot find it 🙁|
Just started using it. Difficult to see if it even works properly. Having trouble finding any information about the camera, in particular the battery. It looks quite stylish in its half-case. It is supposed to have an excellent lens. Bought very cheap.
Pros and cons
- Good lens, f:1.7.
- Quite stylish in its half-case
35 LE seems to be a fully automated camera. It was marketed as the first fully electronic rangefinder. It is similar to my Minolta Hi-Matic E:
- Fully automatic functioning.
Other resources and references
- Technical data about the camera (in French) at this site.
- A review of the camera done by Tobias Eriksson is here.
- A 5 “frames with” post by Tobias here (not much more information than the above review).
Here are some photos taken with camera.
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Not decided yet.