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Olympus Trip 35

Olympus Trip 35
I´ve just adquired a Olympus Trip 35 in good condition, (eBay, 11 €) it was my first camera, unfortunately lost or stolled in 1971 in London.

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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Vintage Collectable Film Camera
Functions & Features: This is a vintage finder camera with film size 135, picture size: 24 x 36 mm.
Lens type is 2,8/40mm
The Trip 35 is a fully-automatic 35mm compact camera, manufactured by Olympus from 1967 to 1984
The auto-exposure mechanism is effectively solar-powered by a selenium cell surrounding the lens, and consequently the camera runs entirely without batteries. Until June 1978, the shutter button was silver-coloured metal. After that date, all Trips had a black plastic button.
With the aperture ring set to "A", the camera operates as a program automatic, choosing both the aperture and shutter speed (of which there are only two, 1/40 and 1/200)
The combination of aperture and shutter speed that the exposure mechanism chooses depends on the amount of light available. Above EV 13, the Trip 35 will increase the shutter speed to 1/200 sec in preference to using a smaller aperture, and use a narrower aperture as light levels increase from there, presumably to avoid the diffraction effects that affect all 35mm cameras below f/11. Below EV 13, it will use the 1/40 sec speed and widen the aperture for lower light levels. The camera will refuse to fire if there is not enough light, with a red plastic flag appearing simultaneously in the viewfinder. This mechanism makes it impossible to make the error of shooting with the lens cap in place.
When the aperture is set manually (primarily for flash photography), the shutter speed is set to 1/40th of a second. However, the meter is still active even in this "manual" mode. Setting the aperture manually merely sets the widest permissible aperture, and the auto-exposure mechanism may still choose to set a smaller aperture than this if it sees fit.
The Trip 35 has a 40mm f/2.8 Zuiko non-interchangeable lens, with four elements in three groups. Ken Rockwell suspects this to be a front-element focusing Tessar. This lens has a reputation for being extremely sharp, even in the corners; in Rockwell's tests, Costco-scanned Fuji ISO 400 print film loaded into this camera out-performed a Canon 17-40 f/4 L lens in the corners.
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.
The lens provides simple zone-focusing with 4 cute distance symbols marked on the top-left of the lens. These correspond to the real distance markings on the underside of the lens: 1 meter, 1.5 meters, 3 meters, and infinity.
4 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
nice rememerance
4 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Christel Ehretsmann
Thank you Christel !!! Best regards ;-)
4 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
"You press the button, we do the rest"
C'est avec ce slogan que Kodak a abordé le marché de la photographie grand public en 1888. Une idée de génie avait permis de proposer aux amateurs le moyen de photographier sans s'occuper de la logistique jusqu'ici complexe du traitement en laboratoire ; juste une boîte équipée d'un film souple en bande.
4 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson
2 years ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
Analogfotografie ist Trend! Auch in Zeiten von Smartphones und Digitalkameras gibt es viele Gründe, analoge Fotos zu lieben.
22 months ago.