5 frames with an Olympus Journey – Promote or Preserve?

I didn’t personal a automobile till I used to be in my mid twenties. In my late teenagers and early twenties, journey was all about bikes. At 17 an Olympus Journey 35 was my companion for on and off street adventures. I received hooked and earlier than too lengthy I traded it towards a Minolta XG2. After that issues received costly and culminated in a Bronica SQA and a set of 35mm package. All of us make errors and I progressively offered all of the gear to pursue a special and nugatory ambition in useless. Returning to images after an extended finance induced break; all the pieces had modified. Dabbling with numerous digital cameras, I slowly turning into hooked once more.

A mass produced Seventies compact digicam.

In the present day there’s fairly spectacular array of digital based mostly package, studio lights and so on, cluttering up the home however bringing nice pleasure. Sufficient to maintain me glad, however then gear restlessness struck. Late nights trawling the ‘bay’ for a few of the cameras I had owned up to now, Minoltas, Bronicas, Rollei 35s after which Olympus Journeys. Finest begin on the modest finish. It appeared like a superb Olympus Journey was going to value greater than I needed to pay, however ultimately discovering two ‘untested’. New gentle seals and some frames on a roll and the primary one gave the impression to be working okay, although the outcomes weren’t staggering. Accounting for the sunshine seals it offered for about what I paid for it. The second appeared in barely higher situation. Once more the sunshine seals had been changed and this time an entire roll of Fuji 200 went by means of. Most likely the time of yr, maybe extra gentle, perhaps extra thought on my half. The scans and negatives got here again and… effectively, actually not unhealthy. It is a mass produced Seventies compact digicam in spite of everything.  Journey 35 manufacturing truly ran from the tip of the Sixties into the early Eighties I imagine. Listed here are a number of pictures.

Olympus Trip 35 Fujicolor
Kip the collie

Olympus Trip 35 outdoors
Ramsey Harbour

Olympus Trip 35 indoors
He’s referred to as Hero… lengthy story

No Drawback, all functioning.

Focus under hyperfocal distance appears to have been a bit hit or miss. Effectively it’s all symbols based mostly on the Journey, until you flip the digicam the other way up and take a look at the space scale on the underside of the lens.

Olympus Trip low light
Belle, missed deal with the eyes

Journeys have a reasonably easy system linking the meter to the aperture and solely two shutter speeds, nevertheless it all appears to work actually fairly effectively and with out assistance from a battery to fret about. Somewhat crimson flag strikes upwards into view within the finder window if there isn’t sufficient daylight A small secondary window lets you see the setting and focus image, with out transferring your eye from the viewfinder. The movie advance wheel might be a bit primitive and gradual in comparison with a lever, nevertheless it has a fairly constructive really feel and it does its job. The whole lot is automated when capturing in daylight and hardly a problem to make use of. The problem after all is forgetting set off completely satisfied digital and making the time to not waste a body. With the intention of promoting this Journey, I even hooked it as much as the studio flash arrange while taking a shot of a Mamiya. Thought I ought to simply take a look at the flash sync was working. Flip the settings ring from A for auto, to the calculated aperture. Certainly the sync connector is corroded in spite of everything these years? Press the shutter button… ‘dupp’ adopted by the simultaneous beep as the 2 flash heads come again as much as cost. No drawback, all functioning. You may take low-cost and cheerful studio photographs with this factor for enjoyable. The little Zuiko lens had fairly a repute and it does appear to reside as much as it.

Olympus Trip with flash
Journey within the studio

I had a kind of.

Again within the early eighties, when you might purchase movie in most nook retailers, an Olympus Journey wouldn’t flip any heads. Take one in every of these out right this moment and it attracts feedback. Sometimes both ‘I had a kind of’, or ‘what’s that?’ I discover I’m pointing it at issues which can be vital to {photograph}, like household, pets and pals. Issues I someway don’t get round to capturing or don’t shoot in the identical means with digital.  Snaps quite than masterpieces, however isn’t that additionally what images is for? This OT 35 can most likely fetch greater than I paid for it… however for now, I believe I’ll spend a bit extra time bonding with it.

Keep the Trip for now

Assume I’ll preserve the Journey for now

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