I have this great little camera that has some greatly annoying little problems, but I can work around the little problems because it's a great little camera.
The Olympus 35RC is super compact for a 40+ year old 35mm. It's about the same width and height of my phone. Granted, the lens makes it thicker than my phone but not by much. It has an auto function that adjusts the aperture based on chosen shutter speed and iso setting. It's super easy to slide into my pocket for photo walks. The images are pretty sharp and have a nice feel to them.
But the camera has three problems. One I have figured out a workaround. Another, I'll eventually figure it out. The last may not be fixable.
Problem 1: the metering is off so photos turn out dark. I've figured out how to "fix" this problem. I use 400 speed film but set the camera iso to 100. It works perfectly. While I don't typically set the camera to auto it is nice for when I want to shoot quickly. The camera does a great job balancing in difficult situations, like bright light/deep shadows (the goose image is a good example).
Problem 2: there is a light leak somewhere but I can't figure out where. I taped the entire back for this roll, every place there was a seam, but the light leak still showed (best seen in the boat image). I really can't figure out where it's coming from, unless it's leaking in around the lens. Next roll I will tape every damn surface that doesn't need to move. I will solve this problem.
Problem 3: the film slips sometimes. It appears the film loses contact with the sprockets causing the film advance window to show I'm on the next frame even though I'm not. You can see it in the double exposure of the bus and fire truck. It's not consistent and I'm really not sure how to fix the problem (or if I can).
If you find an Olympus 35RC on your next flea market run, buy it. Despite the problems I'm having it's a fun, handy little camera to have around.