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OLYMPUS - Olympus TRIP 35 (1968-1983)

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Though you wouldn’t think it, the Olympus TRIP 35 is a quite sophisticated 35 mm camera and an easy to carry travelling companion.
Its key characteristic is an auto-exposure system operated by a selenium photo-electric cell light meter which is controlling the lens aperture. Unless you are using a flashgun, the aperture ring must be set to "A" for automatic. The camera will then adjust the aperture as required.

Olympus TRIP 35 (1968-1983)

When light is missing, a red flag pops up in the viewfinder and the shutter is locked. 

The only thing which needs to be adjusted is the focus ring. This one is marked with distances on the ring’s underside for the rare occasions when you need to be that accurate, and with symbols on the top of the ring - a head and shoulders to indicate 1 metre, two figures to indicate 1.5 metres, three figures to indicate 3 metres and mountain peaks to indicate infinity. 

The film advance wheel is used to wind on the shutter. That done, just point and shoot.

This camera doesn't have a built in flash but a flashgun can be installed into the hotshoe. When using a flashgun, the operator must set the aperture ring to the “for flash” position.  

Caution : The hotshoe is synchronized for bulb flash only. Synchronization with electronic flash can be done using the PC synchro located on the bottom right of the front face.

In order to not frustrate expert photographers, it was also possible to set aperture manually from 1:2,8 to 1:22.  The lens is a D.Zuiko 40mm 1:2.8-22 with 4 elements in 3 groups.
The viewfinder has a main frame and markers to indicate the slight framing adjustment required
in order to offset the parallax error, induced under 1 meter focusing, by the lens and viewfinder being in different positions. There is also a cleverly window within the viewfinder through which the aperture and distance marks can be controlled.

This camera has been offered to me by Didier, a friend of mine, who is a talented photographer and like me addicted to old cameras. But above all, Didier is a great philanthropist (visit his blog dedicated to the orphan children, victims of AIDS in Bouaké, Africa).

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