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A different point of view through the Olympus Trip 35

A few days ago I posted another photo made at this same location. I was over to the right of the church for that one though, so it was completely out of frame with just the modern high-rise structure rising above the trees. I like this new shotfor the contrast between the two styles of architecture. That original image was shot with my Olympus 35 RC, this one with my Trip 35.

One thing that has struck me while looking at the photos from this roll of Kodak Colorplus is just how nice the lens is on the Olympus Trip 35. It’s a camera I’ve neglected – not having shot mine for a number of years – and then using it’s younger, more compact (and, for me, more recently acquired) sibling, the Olympus XA3 when I wanted a straightforward zone-focus point and shoot experience. The XA3 is a great little camera – truly pocketable – with a sharp lens, but I think the lens on the Trip 35 surpasses it. It’s amazingly sharp and doesn’t vignette either (which the XA3’s lens does to some degree). I shall have to ensure it gets more regular exercise from now on.

Construction through the ages

Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Colorplus. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 18 July 2022.

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10 thoughts on “A different point of view through the Olympus Trip 35

  1. I don’t own a Trip 35, but I wouldn’t mind one. However, I have a Pen EES-2, which for all intents and purposes is a Trip 35 in half-frame format. I really like the lens on it! I love shooting with it, but it’s currently in the shop. I can’t wait to get it back.

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    1. There’s something freeing about using a no-frills camera like this. It’s all about finding the shot with little technical consideration to get in the way, just subject, lighting and composition.

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      1. Exactly! And I’m constantly amazed at how well my Pen EES-2 works. I’m sure it’s the same for the Trip 35. Olympus was good at finding these kings of niches and running with them. My only real quibble with my Pen EES-2 is that it can only meter for up to 400 ASA/ISO–it would be nice if it could go up to 800 for those low-light situations. Then again, the earlier ones only went to 200, so I shouldn’t complain too much! 🙂

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      2. Yeah, the Trip 35 is similarly limited with a 400asa upper ceiling. It also only has two shutter speeds (1/200sec and 1/40sec) which are chosen automatically by the camera. You can switch it to manual aperture selection, but I believe this is intended for shooting with a flash and it automatically fixes the shutter speed to the slower of the two when selected. It really delivers on the image quality though!

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      3. Yep, the EES-2 works in the same way with the 1/40 and 1/200 speeds, with it switching to 1/40 if you use the aperture override. And the “override” is really only “semi-override”: If you set the ring to f/2.8 and point it at the bright sun, if the selenium cell is working it’ll stop the aperture down to f/22. The aperture ring basically tells the camera what the maximum aperture it can use. Besides for flash it’s most useful for low light settings when the “red-flag” comes up: Set it at f/2.8, hold steady, release shutter, and hope for the best.

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  2. From the days when manufacturers didn’t put a rubbish lens on compacts on the grounds that the people who bought them only got 6×4 prints made….. Though Olympus were particularly good in that regard!

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  3. The contrasting architecture really does make this a wonderful photo. There’s a reason why the Trip 35 sold millions of copies. It’s a good camera. I have enough confidence in it that I chose to bring it with me on a tour of China three years ago and got many great photos. I also brought my DSLR, but I think I like my photos from the Trip 35 better.

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    1. You’re right. It’s a great travel camera and a brilliant piece of design from Olympus. It might not be the best tool for every job, but for capturing the sights experienced on a “trip” it’s really well suited.

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