Another 5 (+1) Frames with an Olympus Trip 35

Fynbaar's take on the Olympus Trip 35...

a year ago

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I got my Trip 35 not long after my ungulate friend, JazzyCamel, got his and, I can confirm what he says about the build quiality and handling of the camera. As Jazzy said, it is, indeed, a very simple camera to use. In fact, I'd go further and say that it might be a bit too simple to use. Why? Because of the viewfinder. Everything you see in the viewfinder is in focus and other than the tiny 'Judas' window, that Jazzy mentioned in his post, that displays which focusing zone is selected, there is nothing to prompt you to focus or re-focus the camera. And, because the camera is fully automatic, I kept forgetting to set the focusing zone before I took a shot. I was half-way through my first roll of film before I even noticed the Judas window was there and what it displayed. Luckily for me, I  think the my Trip 35 mostly choose to use a high aperture because none of my shots were massively out of focus.

Having got that gripe off my chest, I have to say that it is fun little camera to use. Its fully automatic nature makes it quite a liberating experience. You don't have to 'worry' about adjusting anything (other than the focus zone), you just compose and squeeze the shutter. The metering on the camera is also very competant so there are no worries about the camera getting the exposure right, either. It will even stop you from taking a picture that are under exposed, the 'red flag' that Jazzy mentioned pops up in the viewfinder if the camera thinks the scene is too dark. This has the added benefit of preventing 'Claptons' as the leaving the lenscap on will make the camera think its too dark to take a picture and lock the shutter.

On the whole, I think Trip 35 is a fine little camera. I haven't done too much street photograhy with it, yet but I think its close to being an ideal device for this genre. Its small (I can get mine in the back pocket of my jeans), discrete, very quiet and quick to use. Set the focusing zone, compose and voila!  Job done.

These shots were taken with Kodak Portra 400. Portra deserves a post of its own but I'll say here that I think its a bit too refined to use in a camera like the Trip 35. Because the Trip is fully automatic I think it prevents you from getting the best from this film stock leaving the images a bit flat, especailly in dull Scottish weather. The next time I use my Trip I'll probably use Kodak ColorPlus 200 or a high contrast black and white like Fomapan 400.

Sea Front Splash, Montrose - Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Portra 400
Pavilion- Sea Front Splash, Montrose - Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Portra 400
Barcelona Life - Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Portra 400
Palm Tree & Arials - Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Portra 400
Dundee - Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Portra 400
Dundee - Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Portra 400
Barry Carr

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