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Lomopedia: Olympus Trip 35

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!

Photo by Kip Praslowicz

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.

Technical Specifications:

  • 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:

All information for this article were sourced from Olympus Trip 35 on Camerapedia, Olympus Trip 35 on Wikipedia, and The Camera Site.

written by plasticpopsicle


  1. stouf


    One of the best cameras ever made.

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  2. vgzalez


    I really love that camera, it's so sharp and reliable. And, BTW, thanks for featuring one of my pics! :)

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  3. noyart

    Just both my second one! :) First one had the red flag problem so when I was trying to fix it, I drop one screw inside it. Haven't had any time to fix it yet, so I bought a new one that was all fixed up and all :) cant wait to take it out for some photoshoting :)
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  4. plasticpopsicle


    @stouf Seeing all the Olympus Trip 35 photos in the community, I'd have to agree! I've been wanting to have a handsome black Trip 35 all the more!

    @vgzalez You're welcome! Great to know you Heads up to @grazie, @twizzer88, @hewzay, @yapfl, @i_am_four-eyes, @aoizumi, @srmarcus, and @clickiemcpete as well for their impressive Trip 35 snaps!

    @noyart Good to know you found a replacement! Go out and shoot, NOW! :) Don't forget to show us your snaps! :)

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  5. plasticpopsicle


    @vgzalez You're welcome! Great to know you found the camera reliable! :)

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  6. grazie


    i love this camera! Very sharp photos, great for street and no batteries needed!

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  7. grazie


    and thanks for featuring my photo! I think I will shoot with it tomorrow

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  8. garyf


    I am a big fan of the Trip 35. I found one last year in a second hand shop for $10. It takes such sharp and clear photos. And it's amazing for low light/night time shots. A true classic!
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  9. robotmonkey1996


    Good for street. The selenium meter is a bit unreliable now, unfortunately.

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  10. ksears119


    I recently purchased a refurbished Olympus RC35 from Tripman in the U.K. who specializes in refurbishing the Trip 35. He has a very nice website.

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  11. clickiemcpete


    These are fantastic cameras as many have noted. They are relatively cheap and plentiful because literally millions of them were made between the late 60's and mid 80's. Tripman in the UK does nice refurbed and recovered ones and you can usually find his listings on the big auction site. If buying on Ebay, take your time and pick one where the seller has tested to make sure the shutter is working.

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  12. sirio174


    Try the awesome Olympus 35 RC! Same very sharp lens, full manual control or time priority!

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