Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
I'm talking about these type of compact rangefinders:

Olympus 35 RC
Olympus 35 SP
Minolta Hi-matic 7sII
Konica C35
Canonet QL17

etc. are all extremely similar in usage, size, and focal length. They almost all offer shutter priority as their "auto" mode but are easily used manually by just not switching to "auto."
The C35 has no manual exposure mode. On the others, like the Hi-Matic and the QL-17, manual exposure mode is un-metered. The biggest problem with all of these is finding a working version where the battery wire was not eaten by corrosion or meter mechanics not gummy from disuse. These bodies also tended to use extensive foam in the back seals which are a PITA to replace. If cleaned, the 35RC viewfinder is amazingly bright. Ricoh had some models that are very similar to the 35RC: the 500G/GX/ME/RF series. These were also sold by Sears as the Sears RF. These are typically quite a bit less expensive than a 35RC but perform similarly.