The Olympus Trip 35 is an automatic exposure camera, but has manual aperture settings that are meant to be used with a flash. If you set the camera on a manual aperture setting instead of the automatic “A” setting, the shutter speed is locked in at 1/40 sec. This means you can use it as a manual exposure camera if you don’t mind only having one shutter speed.
“Night Tripping” is the practice of using a Trip 35 at night with high speed film such as ISO 400 or higher, and setting the aperture wide open at f/2.8. This provides a pretty good exposure for night-time street shots.
These were shot on Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Developed and scanned by Dwayne’s Photo.
note that normally this camera won’t let let you fire it if the exposure is too low. In the ‘A’ (automatic) setting, a red thingy pops up in the viewfinder if you try to shoot and it’s underexposed, and it won’t fire the shutter. But when it’s set to an aperture setting, the light-meter is completely ignored and it will fire at 1/40sec regardless of how dark it is.
Also – my negs were pretty thin (underexposed), so this probably would have been better with ISO 800 or higher film.
The Olympus Trip 35 camera has such a devoted following that I just had to get one and become a ‘tripper’ myself when a neighbor was selling this one on Craigslist. It’s a great little compact, lightweight 35mm viewfinder camera. Small and light enough to easily slip into a jacket pocket, but with a solid-enough build that it doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy. No rangefinder on this, just focusing by guesswork (which helps keep the size and weight down). It has fully automatic exposure powered by it’s selenium-cell light meter that wraps around the front of the lens. No battery required. Nice 40mm f:2.8 Zuiko lens for a little wider angle than most of my other viewfinder and rangefinder cameras.
I’ll write up a more complete overview and review soon (it’s done – here). First I need to put another roll of film in it and get some more use from it. I might try ‘night tripping’, as Trip 35 aficionados call it, which means putting 400 or 800 speed film in it, and setting it to a manual aperture setting of f:2.8 – the manual aperture settings are meant to be used only for flash photography, but it simply locks the shutter speed at 1/40 sec at any aperture you set, so you can get some good night shots this way. In low light in Automatic setting, the camera will warn you that it’s too dark and won’t shoot, so this ‘night tripping’ method is a way to over-ride that.