Olympus Trip 35
Purchased on the Internet through Tradera.com in Sweden. 180kr (59kr shipping), which is about $21.50, €18.50 or £16.50.
Serial number 3479148 (notice the black shutter release).
The manufacturing code/date is found on the back side of the film pressure plate. K8-5; ‘K’ represents the factory, ‘8’ for the year (1988) and ‘5’ for the month (May) of manufacture.
I have a second Trip 35 camera. Serial number 3261650.
Manufacturing date, June 1979.
The externals on the first camera are in really good condition. There are no dings on the upper or lower covers. No scratches. The letherette is not peeling.
I added my own strap. I bought a lens cover separately on eBay from the UK ( on its way to me at the time of this writing).
The second camera has seen a number of photos and is worn. The anodize is showing through the ridges on the aperture ring an there are scratches on the bottom plate.
The camera is really easy to use. With the built in selenium photocell enabled light metering, exposure setting is a breeze if you want to set the aperature, where a small red flag shows up in the viewfinder if there is too little light when you depress the shutter release.
Otherwise, use “A” for automatic. In this case, I have noticed that the metering is over sensitive.
Four focusing settings; 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.
Both of the cameras need light seals, which have become gooey after 30 – 50 years of use.
Here is an instruction (and another instruction) on how to replace the seals, which are identified and shown.
I have a small supply of seal foam from some other camera projects, so I cut my own to fit.
After one attempt to fit the small thin seals with their sticky, into the body labarynth, I decided to not use seals with sticky.
Now with the seals in place.
There were a lot of these cameras manufactured. Some say nearly 10,000,000 between 1967 and 1988. Many users have made their own webpages that present various technical information and opinions about the camera.
Dating your camera is described on these pages,