Olympus Trip 35, Battery Not Included

Olympus Trip 35 Viewfinder Camera

Olympus Trip 35 Viewfinder Camera

'Camera Review - A look at the Olympus Trip 35, one of the most iconic and sought after 35mm film cameras of our time'


Introduction and Overview

Talk about 'iconic' 35mm compact cameras of yesteryears, cameras that help bring photography to the masses, cameras that are equally functional as it is easy to use, cameras that are automatic but does not require a battery to run, cameras with super sharp f/2.8 lenses, and the Olympus Trip 35 is one that will always come to mind.

Olympus Trip 35, Pair
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 as a compact, functional camera for holidays, went on to become very popular among the masses, and sales end in 1984 after a prolonged production run, with over ten million units sold.

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 programmed automatic with only two shutter speeds, at 1/40th sec or 1/200th sec. at apertures of between f/2.8 to f/22.

A low-light lock, with a red flag indicator, prevents you from taking under-exposed shots or trying it with the lens cap on.

SCL Photography Guide: The Olympus Trip 35 Film Camera

Production Models

The design of the camera is simplicity itself. Early production units of the Trip 35 are manufactured with a silver shutter release button, with film ISO speed rating from 25 to 200. Later production units, manufactured after 1978, comes to a black plastic shutter release and a higher film ISO speed rating of 25 to 400. The Trip 35 is also available in black, which are much sought after by collectors.
Olympus Trip 35, Front

The lens and lens mount are located centrally on the front of the camera, with viewfinder window on the right front of the top plate, and a flash sync socket on the lower left of the lens mount.
Olympus Trip 35, Top

On the top plate are the rewind crank, housed in a nice recessed on the left of the top plate, the accessory shoe (located slightly off-center), shutter release button, and on the right, the frame counter.
Olympus Trip 35, Back

The Trip 35 comes with a plain film back, with only the viewfinder eyepiece and film forward wind at the back of the top plate. The hinge-type film back is opened by pulling down on a latch lever lock located on the film chamber side of the film box.
Olympus Trip 35, Bottom

The bottom plate carries the tripod socket and rewind release button.

Olympus Trip 35, Film box

The film box is Olympus easy-load type, with the film chamber, shutter frame window, film guide sprocket, and a multi-slot takeup spool laid sequentially from left to right. Film loading is the normal 2-blank shot to forward the film to frame 1.


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.
For example: If the code reads N2Y, then the production was in November 1972


Olympus Trip 35, Viewfinder Info

Viewfinder Info

The viewfinder is an albada-type, with parallax markings for closer focusing.

There is a second, very small window under this, nicknamed the "Judas window", which shows the current aperture setting and distance symbol which are on the lens barrel.

A small red flag will appear in the viewfinder if the auto-exposure mechanism decides there is not enough light and refuses to fire.


Film ISO Speed

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.


Olympus Trip 35, Zone Focusing

Zone Focusing

The Olympus Trip 35 focuses manually with a simple 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. Focusing distances are 1 meter, 1.5 meters, 3 meters, and infinity.


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.


Battery Not Included

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. An accessory shoe and flash sync connector provides for flash photography.


Olympus Trip 35, Film ASA and AUto Exposure setting

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 urbanscape.


Early Images

A friendly shop assistant showing off his antics.

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Do remember to check the zone focus setting as you go on with your shooting assignment. On bright and clear days the 40mm f/2.8 lens can be very forgiving and will stay sharp most of the time, but when things get a little dark and the automatic aperture falls to below f/5.6 you will tend to get blurred images if the zone focusing distance is not just right.

Olympus Trip 35 - Later model with the black plastic Shutter Release button
Olympus Trip 35 - Later model with the black plastic Shutter Release button

Olympus Trip 35 Instructions: Click here to download from www.buktus.org


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