How to Use an Olympus Trip 35 Camera

Updated February 21, 2017

The Olympus Trip 35 is a photographic relic, first released in 1967 and manufactured until 1984. Compactness, battery-free automatic metering and a 40mm f/2.8 Zuiko lens make the Trip 35 attractive to vacation shooters and candid street photographers. The camera uses a zone focusing system, which requires the photographer to judge the distance between the camera lens and the subject. Though the camera has been out of production for some time, second-hand and refurbished models are readily available on the vintage market.

Open the camera's back door by pulling the small metal tab at the bottom left of the camera.

Pull up on the film rewind lever, located on the top left of the camera, and drop a 35mm film cartridge into the slot. Push the film rewind lever all the way down to hold the cartridge in place.

Stretch the film leader, the piece of film protruding from the cartridge, across the camera back and insert it into a slot on the take-up spool.

Rotate the film advance knob, located on the back of the camera, and press the shutter button until the sprockets near the take-up spool engage the film's perforations.

Close the camera's back door firmly.

Look at the frame counter window on top of the camera. Alternate between pressing the shutter and advancing the film until the counter reads "1".

Select your film's speed rating using the rotating knob on the front of the lens. For example, if you're using ISO 200 film, move the knob until "200" appears in the small display window.

Turn the innermost ring on the lens barrel until the red notch aligns with "A" to engage the automatic exposure mode.

Rotate the focus ring according to your distance from the subject you're photographing. For landscape shots, align the red notch with the mountain icon. For close-up portraiture, align the red notch with the head-and-shoulders icon.

Look through the viewfinder and compose your photograph. Steady the camera and press the shutter button gently to take the picture.

Press the small recessed button on the underside of the camera and turn the film rewind lever clockwise to rewind a finished roll of film.


For aperture priority shooting, which allows you to select the size of the lens opening, rotate the innermost ring so that the red notch aligns with the f-stop of your choice. When using an electronic flash, move the ring the "for Flash" setting.

Things You'll Need

  • 35mm film cartridge
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