This icon of a film camera was where my film photography journey started and where I encourage others to start.
Olympus produced this camera between 1967 and 1984 with over 10 million units sold, making it one of the most successful cameras of its time. The Olympus Trip 35 is driven by solar powered selenium cells that surround the camera’s lens, so no batteries are required. These cells measure the light levels and determine the most appropriate aperture and shutter speed for a given situation. This makes it a great camera for beginners who are getting into film, as choosing the correct exposure settings can be difficult.
Selenium cells on an Olympus trip 35
If there is insufficient light, a red flag will pop up in the camera’s viewfinder. This stops the shutter from firing, preventing any underexposed images.
Focusing the camera is incredibly simple, just choose between 4 different zones that are located on the lens:
- Picture of 2 people from the waist up
- Group photo
The Olympus trip 35 is fitted with a 40mm f/2.8 lens which is ideal for keeping your subject in focus while making the background slightly blurry. This sharp lens can produce some fantastic photos, here are just a few of my favourites:
Some of these many designs are available for purchase!