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    Olympus Trip 35

    This compact little camera was, apparently, a marketing miracle in its day selling around 10 million (i.e. 10,000,000) units over several years.

    Essentially, it was/is a fully automatic point and shoot (except for the need to -at least- "zone" focus).

    It is "powered" by a large Selenium cell which surrounds the lens inside the filter-ring, resulting effectively in a "kind of" TTL "equivalent" metering. This also "powers" whatever it is that sets the aperture (2.8 to 22) and shutter speed (choice of either 1/40th or 1/200th sec). Consequently, there are no batteries: great! There is also a "hot shoe" for a simple one-pin flash (this works OK).

    When using the camera, one can observe that it selects and holds the aperture and shutter speed (i.e the exposure) as one depresses the shutter release prior to releasing the shutter itself: thus it has -effectively- an "exposure lock".

    The camera is relatively compact and well constructed of aluminium and glass with a few plastic components (not virtually totally plastic, as is the case these days) and has a nice "solid" feel to it.

    The 43mm lens is noticeably sharp (zone focusing and all). Ken Rockwell, on his site, compares it more than advantageously to his Canon "L" lenses in resolution (http//www.kenrockwell.com/olympus/trip-35.htm , worth a read).

    This is all the more surprising, since the iris consists of only two V-shaped blades which move across each other to vary the size of the aperture.

    One would imagine that such a "primitive" iris would give an odd image: not so, the image is absolutely superb (my opinion, shared by Ken Rockwell).

    I was fortunate, some weeks ago, to find three of these cameras for sale (at Aus$8-00 each) in a "junk" shop and picked out the two that were in working order (one of which included a lens-shade and both came with UV/skylight filters and -somewhat tatty, but functional- cloth "cases").

    I have since put a couple of 400 ISO films through each of them with more than satisfactory results.

    They are extremely easy to use and -in my opinion- would make excellent "street shooting" and general "have one with you at all times" cameras. If you see one, get it!

    So many cameras, so little time!!!!!
    Last edited by Galah; 02-11-2009 at 07:03 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    This also "powers" whatever it is that sets the aperture (2.8 to 22) and shutter speed (choice of either 1/40th or 1/200th sec). Consequently, there are no batteries: great! T
    The aperture is set by the light value, but I'm fairly sure the shutter speed is always at 1/200 in A mode. The manual mode is designed for flash, not manual shooting. It closes the aperture more or less based on the amount of light while in the "manual" mode. Only in manual flash mode does it use the 1/40 second shutter speed IIRC.

    It's a great camera. I have one in my point and shoot collection. I read somewhere that the iris shape does not effect the image itself. I believe it effects bokeh (?) and I know it effects sunstars. Other than that I don't think it's bad.

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    It was my first ever camera. I also liked being able to shoot in "manual" mode or I guess more correctly shutter priority mode by using the aperture settings intended for flash use at the fixed shutter speed of 1/40th of a second. For a lot of night or low light shots I used to just set it at f2.8 and see what happened.

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    They were verry well build and easy to repair too.
    I had a few in for repairs over the years: oil between the shutterblades and sometimes a loose or missing screw.
    Great camera, I should have one laying around somewhere, should take some pic's with it.

    Peter

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    Here's a great way to test the meter on a Trip 35.Set the exposure dial to A,cock the shutter,cover the lens and press the shutter release button.If the shutter fires the meter is toast.
    I tweaked my Trip to fire at 1/200 without a working meter.Darned if I can find the article.Maybe someone else has it.Very easy steps to follow.Default shutter speed on a Trip is 1/40.Almost useless.

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    With it set on A, half press the shutter whilst looking into the lens. You should see the aperture change. Try it in bright light and in your own shadow. In bright light it should be closed down and in shadow it should open up.

    This camera has a meter with a needle which you cant see. When you half press the shutter, the mechanism for moving the aperture blades jams up against the needle with an angled plate. The amount of light dictates where along the angled piece the needle rests and therefore dictates the aperture opening.



    Steve.
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    "People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.

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    The shutter fires at either 1/200 or 1/40 in A mode- it's actually a primitive form of programmed exposure. You can hear the difference in the shutter speed if you take a shot pointing at a bright light followed by one of a darker scene. It's a great camera.

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    google 'trip 35 modify' I have two of these cameras, and it is just a matter of time before I get one of them modifed to shoot at 1/200. I have had one apart to fix a broken resistor, and now both are working fine on auto.
    my real name, imagine that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Wilde View Post
    google 'trip 35 modify'
    Ha! did that and the first thing that came up on Google was this thread!

    Steve

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