Olympus Trip 35, Battery Not Included

Olympus Trip 35
Rob Nunn, in his 'SCL Photography Guide: The Olympus Trip 35 Film Camera' video, claimed unequivocally that the Olympus Trip 35 as probably the best camera in the world, made popular by its simplicity of design and use superb imaging qualities, and a production run of up to 10 million units.

In the 1970s, the Olympus Trip 35 was popularized by an advertising campaign featuring photographer David Bailey, a UK based professional photographer. Trending the camera now, well past our millennium date change, are the lomographers, a movement of analog or film camera enthusiasts using plastic and pinhole cameras, or the sort, as a medium for artistic expression.

The Olympus Trip 35 is built with a solar-powered selenium light meter, and it does not need any battery for it to run and operate. It is Ideal for both the new user just getting into photography or the seasoned operator who wants a slightly better control over aperture setting and zone focusing mode.

SCL Photography Guide: The Olympus Trip 35 Film Camera
The Olympus Trip 35, a fully automatic viewfinder camera, is a point-and-shoot 35mm compact model manufactured by Olympus. It was introduced to the market in 1967, and sales end after a prolonged production run in 1984, of over ten million units.

Early production units of the Trip 35 are manufactured with a silver shutter release button, while those manufactured after 1978 comes to a black plastic shutter release. A black paint production model, much sought after by collectors today, is also available.

The camera is fitted with a coated non-interchangeable 40mm f/2.8 D. Zuiko lens, acknowledged as being very sharp and capable of capturing high-quality images, and operates as a Program automatic with only two shutter speeds, at 1/40th sec or 1/200th sec. A low-light lock, with a red flag indicator, prevents you from taking under-exposed shots or trying it with the lens cap on.

Olympus Trip 35
The silver button model was produced until June 1978 

Shutter Speeds
In Auto mode, the shutter speed is set to 1/200th sec, and exposure is automatically controlled by aperture opening, whilst in manual or flash sync mode, the shutter is set to 1/40th sec, and a range of aperture openings from f2.8 to f22 can be selected for the shot.

Olympus Trip 35
Zone Focusing
Manual focusing, with the setting visible through a small window under the luminous bright-frame viewfinder, is by a four-position zone-focus system, with distance setting displayed on the top scale in graphic form, and a bottom scale which is calibrated in both meters and feet.

Film ISO
The camera will accept films with an ISO speed, for later models, of 25–400. Earlier models, from the first few years of production, had a maximum ISO speed of 200. A hot-shoe and a Prontor-Compur sync connector provide for flash photography.

Year of Production
If you are interested to know when your camera was produced, you need to open the film compartment, remove the pressure plate on the back of the door by sliding it free its locating pins and look for the 3-character manufacturer's code on the back of the pressure plate.

  • The 1st character or letter (in later models) signifies the assembly plant.
  • The 2nd number represents the last digit of the year of assembly, e.g. 6 = 1976, 0 = 1980
  • The 3rd number or letter represents the month of assembly, 1-9 for Jan-Sep, X, Y, Z for Oct-Dec.
If the code reads N2Y, then the production was in November 1972

Olympus Trip 35
Using The Camera
As with a fully automatic point-and-shoot camera, be if a film or digital, the Olympus Trip 35 is easy and fun to use.

Aside from the need for a roll of film to be loaded into the camera, be sure to set the correct film speed (ASA) setting, by turning the ASA ring in front of the lens barrel so that the ASA speed is displayed in the small opening.

Set the aperture or F-stop ring to 'A' for Auto, and off you go.

For the zone-focusing part of the equation, give it a go at estimating the distance of your subject, or turn the focal ring graphic icons to match the subject of your composition, be a portrait or head-shoulder shot, a three-quarter height shot, a group shop or just a view of the land, sea or urban scape.

Do not worry too much about not remembering this setting, the D. Zuiko 40mm F2.8 is very forgiving and will stay sharp most of the time, truly a wise choice for the street shooter.

Olympus Trip 35
Pretty maids in a row

Resource Links;
Olympus Trip 35
A cult classic point and shoot - Olympus Trip 35 - 35mmc
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