Olympus seems to have a way of creating cult cameras and the Trip 35 is no different, this is a fantastic compact and fully automated camera that can fit in a pocket or bag. But don’t let the size give it away, the Trip 35 produces fantastic sharp images mostly thanks to the fantasic Zuiko lens. It’s a great way to get quality images in a compact camera.
Model: Trip 35
Type: 35mm Point & Shoot Zone Focus
Lens: Fixed, Olympus D.Zuiko f=40mm 1:2.8 (Tessar Design)
Year of Manufacture: 1967-1984
No batteries here, the fully automated system can be used in any weather anywhere in the world without needing to seek out a camera store to get a battery. And as mentioned before the optics on the camera are fantastic for a compact point & shoot camera that produces sharp images at any aperture, and the 40mm focal length gives you a happy medium between the normal 50mm and the wide angle 28mm. Another feature that I really like about the camera is the red flag, this flag will let you know that there’s not enough light to actually take a photo, and to put on a flash (there is a hotshoe and PC socket).
Like any camera with a selenium meter there’s a chance that the older models will start to suffer from the meter being burned out, mine is an earlier model but still going strong. There is also little in the way you can do a manual override, sure you can easily change the aperture on the camera, but having only two shutter speeds (1/40″ or 1/250″) there’s little adaptation you can do. But if you’re out shooting with the Trip 35, good chance you’re just leaving it in automatic. And finally zone focus, if you have poor spacial reckoning this might be an issue, although the focus icons (mountain, three bloaks, two bloaks, one bloak ect) do make it easy, you also have the actual distance scale, which for me is helpful.
The Low Down
If you like to travel light without loosing image quality the Trip 35 is for you, but make sure you are able to test the camera fully first! You don’t want to find one that has a burned out meter, or non-working red flag. But if you have a good camera, it really won’t let you down honestly. I’ve been running the camera for several years, not as much as I should be, but have never had a bad image out of the camera. It’s a great exercise in limiting yourself.
All Photos shot along College Street in Toronto, Ontario
Olympus Trip 35 – Olympus D.Zuiko f=40mm 1:2.8 – Ilford FP4+ – Ilford DD-X (1+4) 10:00 @ 20C