Sometimes you really have to spend some time to experiment with your analogue camera to learn what its limits are. Here’s what I learned about the Olympus Trip 35.
Every camera has its strengths and weaknesses. The Olympus Trip 35 is no exception. While devoted fans attest to this little camera’s versatility, it still has some limitations.
I like the look of redscaled photos that have more blue green hues. The Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 is one of my favorite Lomo films, which can produce the colors that I like. However, I also enjoy making my own redscale films.
During a Lomo walk last year, I used my Olympus Trip 35 with a roll of homemade redscaled film. It was a hot and bright day. As I wanted a lighter look to my photos I rated the film at ISO 25 thinking that the photos will be overexposed and will produce light orange-red colors. But they didn’t. It came out rather dark for my liking.
I have read other Olympus Trip 35 users’ experiments with a normal roll of film but I could not see the difference. Curiosity got the better of me. I wanted to know how redscaled photos will turn out if I overrode the camera’s automatic exposure settings. So on one sunny day I did a simple test. I shot another roll of DIY redscaled film at the various ISO speeds and F-stops just to see what the results would look like.
Here are the results of my simple test:
Shot at ISO 25 F2.8
Shot at ISO 25 F5.6
Shot at ISO 25 F8
Shot at ISO 25 F11
Shot at ISO 50 F2.8
Shot at ISO 50 F5.6
Shot at ISO 50 F8
Shot at ISO 50 F11
Shot at ISO 100 F2.8
Shot at ISO 100 F5.6
Shot at ISO 100 F8
Shot at ISO 100 F11
For me this was a disappointing experiment as the results were not what I had hoped for. I can’t see much difference at all! I suspect the camera by default used the film’s ISO 200 speed and exposed accordingly. While the photos did not turn out as expected, I learned a new thing about the camera.
What did you learn about your Olympus Trip 35?