Regarded by many camera experts and enthusiasts as the 35mm version of the equally popular Olympus Pen camera, the Olympus Trip 35 remains a collectible and iconic compact camera for the high quality photos that it can take. Find out more about this analogue favorite in this installment of Lomopedia!
Introduced by Olympus in 1967, the Trip 35 is a 35mm compact camera that was made and marketed for travelers who wanted something handy and functional to take photos with during their holidays.
The Olympus Trip 35 became popular for its auto exposure system (dependent on a solar-powered selenium light meter), simple zone focusing, and its extremely sharp 40mm f/2.8 Zuiko lens. It doesn’t require batteries, which made them great companions for travelers who may not find access to batteries all the time.
While the Trip 35 only had an ISO range of 25 – 400 and two shutter speeds (1/40 sec. and 1/200 sec.), these were not problems at all. Films above 400 ISO were rare and not of high image quality at the time, while the two shutter speeds were enough to allow the Trip 35 to still get correct exposures even in full sunlight or bright fluorescent light without flash.
While it was discontinued in 1984, the Trip 35 remains a sought after and well-loved compacts to this day for the fuss-free shooting experience and crisp, high-quality photos it captures.
- Film size: 24 × 36 mm
- Lens: D. Zuiko F2.8, f~40mm. (4 elements in 3 groups)
- Shutter: Programmed system. Automatic: 1/40 sec. or 1/200 sec. Manual: 1/40 sec. X sync
- Film counter: Progressive, self-resetting type
- Film rewinding: Crank type with rewinding button setting system
- Focusing: Zone focusing system (4 zone indicators) with distance scale (in meters and feet)
- Exposure meter: Automatic exposure adjustment by built-in electric eye meter
- Light measuring range: EV 8 – EV 17 (ASA 100)
- Film speed setting: ASA 25 – 400
- Filter size: 43.5 mm (screw-in)
- Rear cover operation: Hinge type
- Accessory shoe: Cordless flash contact
- Size & weight: 4 1/2 (width) x 2 3/4 (height) x2 1/4 (depth) in., 14 1/2oz
- Viewfinder: Luminous bright frame finder (Magnification 0.55) with parallax correction mark and zone indicators
- Film loading: EL (Easy Loading) system
- Film winding: Rear wind-on wheel. Self-cocking to prevent double advances and double exposures
Popular British photographer David Bailey took part in an advertising campaign to promote the Olympus Trip 35 during the 1970s. Watch one of his Trip 35 commercials below: