Olympus Trip 35

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Andrew Valencik, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. My Dad just gave me is very old Olympus Trip 35 and had some left over
    film, so I'm going to give it a try. I've only ever used digital before
    and even then I don't have much experience. Any tips strictly related
    to film? Or even better anything related to the Olympus Trip 35?
    Andrew Valencik, Mar 30, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    1. Load it with film.

    2. Point and shoot.

    3. Take film to minilab.

    4. Collect negs and prints (plus CD-ROM if you ordered one).

    It really doesn't get any easier than with a Trip 35!

    Tony Polson, Mar 30, 2006
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    Bhup Guest

    One thing you failed to mention is focus on the trip there is a scale and
    so picture of mountain group of people and head and shoulders of a person..
    but try using the scale.
    there maybe the shutter speed too . for average shots about 1/250 sec and
    the camera will do the rest
    Bhup, Mar 30, 2006
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    Norm Fleming Guest

    The Trip 35 has only two shutter speeds. 1/200 and 1/40 sec. If used in the
    auto mode it will select one of these in combination with the best f stop,
    depending on the meter response. If you move off the auto mode. only the
    1/40 sec speed is selected and you can pick the f stop you want. A Trip 35
    in good nick with a functional meter will give you surprisingly sharp
    and-well exposed pics. Great little lens.
    Norm Fleming, Mar 30, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Did the Trips have DX sensing? I don't remember, but would assume at least
    the early ones would not. In that case the OP would need another step:

    1a. Set the speed of the film you are using on the camera's film speed
    dial - otherwise the auto exposure will give you automatically wrong
    exposure ;-)

    Bandicoot, Mar 30, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    The OP already had the correct film. ;-)

    However, since you asked, the Trip was pre-DX. My recollection was
    that the Trip had ISO settings from 25 to about 400, two shutter
    speeds that were selected by the camera and automatically controlled
    aperture. I never owned one but used one that belonged to a friend.

    Very sharp lens, I recall, like most Olympus p+s compacts.

    In the UK it was famous for David Bailey's adverts. Bailey also
    advertised the OM system, but he always used medium format gear for
    his professional work. I saw him with Hasselblads and a Mamiya RB67.
    Tony Polson, Mar 30, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    I have an Olympus SP, which has probably the best lens Oly put on any of
    their fixed lens cameras (a seven element "G Zuiko"). It's a lovely camera,
    and a superb lens - for fast action street shooting it's terrific, with its
    AE spot-meter and very bright rangefinder patch.

    The Trip isn't exactly in that league, but it's still a nice camera by scale
    focus P&S standards.

    Bandicoot, Mar 31, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    My favourite was the 35RD with shutter priority AE and an f/1.7 lens.
    Unfortunately, it met its end in an impact with a concrete slab. :-(
    Tony Polson, Mar 31, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Ouch! The RD is a fair bit smaller than the SP, and I think the lens was a
    six not a seven element. Did it also have the metered manual option that
    the SP has? I know only the SP had the spot meter, but wasn't sure about
    the other differences. If I didn't have a Konica Auto S3 as a small and
    light shutter priority camera, I'd probably be tempted by an RD. But then,
    I probably have too many cameras already...

    Bandicoot, Mar 31, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Don't we all?

    I make great efforts to dispose of surplus gear, usually by selling
    it, but occasionally by dropping it onto a concrete slab, down a cliff
    face or into the sea ....

    Last year I saw a pristine Olympus 35RD in an old-fashioned camera
    shop. On the spur of the moment, I decided to buy it.

    The salesman carefully removed it from the shelf in the window, then
    promptly dropped it. It fell on a metal edging to a step in the floor
    - a hard landing - and the viewfinder shattered into myriad shards.

    What happened next made me laugh - the salesman, who turned out to be
    the proprietor of the business, offered me a 15% discount. When my
    mouth gaped but no words came out, he offered me a "very generous" 25%
    discount. I politely declined and left. <g>

    Last week, about eight months later, I passed by the same shop and
    there was the same camera, with the viewfinder glass missing, still
    for sale at the original price of £75.

    In answer to your question, the 35RD had shutter priority AE but the
    manual mode was not metered. The lens was a six elements in four
    groups (F Zuiko) Sonnar-type with very little light fall-off
    considering the f/1.7 maximum aperture. It was extremely crisp when
    stopped down and quite good in the centre when wide open. I don't
    recall the quality of the bokeh.

    I wasn't a fan of the SP because of the program AE mode, but it did
    have metered manual. I wonder how the RD/SP lenses compared?
    Tony Polson, Mar 31, 2006
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    Bhup Guest

    biggest gripe I have about the Konica auto s3 is no manual control..you
    cant really do night shots.
    It does have exposure lock. having said that I do have 2 Autos S3 one I
    will get sell. The lens is very good. but having said that so is the
    Canonete QL17 g3

    Bhup, Apr 1, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Nice lens, beautiful bokeh.

    Nowhere near as sharp wide open as a Leica lens , but a fraction of
    the price, and the bokeh is almost as good.
    Tony Polson, Apr 1, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    LOL - maybe next time you pass you'll see it there for £85, with a sign
    saying that it is the extremely rare 'direct vision finder' version...

    groups (F Zuiko) Sonnar-type with very little light fall-off

    The SP's lens has nice bokeh - not quite Pentax nice, but nice - and is very
    sharp and contrasty. It's one of those lenses that I like particularly in
    B&W, though its colour rendition is good, so that's not to say that it is a
    poor colour lens.

    I've never had an RD, so have no answers. The SP's is supposedly the better
    (seven element) design, but I don't know where the differences would be
    noticeable. Yes, the fact that the AE on the SP is programmed isn't ideal,
    but I do like the spot-meter and the lens enough to live with it. And I
    have the shutter priority Konica and also aperture priority Yashicas as
    alternative rangefinder choices - so I have lots of choices for which ones
    to take on which jobs!

    Bandicoot, Apr 4, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest

    I'm glad I'm not alone in using ancient cameras. Last week I shot the
    interior of a brand new office building with a 2004 Voigtländer 15mm
    wide angle lens on a 1953 Leica IIIf ...
    Tony Polson, Apr 4, 2006
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    airsmoothed, Apr 4, 2006
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