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Olympus Trip 35 focusing question
Old 09-17-2017   #1
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Olympus Trip 35 focusing question

Maybe a silly one, but nevertheless... When the focusing ring is in between the fixed zones positions (say between 1.5m and 3m) - will the real focus point be also "in between", say, in this case -2m? Or...? I surely can test this, but thought I would ask first.
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It will. It is regular lens. Not Fuij one focused by wire.
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That's what I assumed... thanks.
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Hi,

Look on the opposite side of the focussing ring from the zone marks and you'll see a regular focussing scale

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Hi,

Look on the opposite side of the focussing ring from the zone marks and you'll see a regular focussing scale

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Yes, that I know, I was a bit hesitant about "in between" fixed positions (clicks) regardless of what marks I use, pictograms or numbers.
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Yes it will - the clicks are only there to give you a tactile feed back on what you are doing.
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I used my Dymo label printer to make a focusing scale that I taped to the lens, so it's visible thru the little peephole in the finder. This way distances are visible instead of the symbols.
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I used my Dymo label printer to make a focusing scale that I taped to the lens, so it's visible thru the little peephole in the finder. This way distances are visible instead of the symbols.
Good idea! Thanks
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Old 09-18-2017   #9
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Yes, that I know, I was a bit hesitant about "in between" fixed positions (clicks) regardless of what marks I use, pictograms or numbers.
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I suspected that but there's so many bodged cameras out there and this is the internet. So I try to cover all possibilities.

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Can the focus be adjusted or calibrated on the Trip 35? By that I mean all the photos taken currently appear out of focus, blurry no matter what focus is selected. The actual camera looks mint so I would love to be able to save it.
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Old 01-11-2019   #11
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Yes, but the top plate needs to be removed, and part of the shutter mechanism locked so the shutter can be held open.
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Can the focus be adjusted or calibrated on the Trip 35? By that I mean all the photos taken currently appear out of focus, blurry no matter what focus is selected. The actual camera looks mint so I would love to be able to save it.

Hi,

I suspect that someone has had a go at "repairing" it and messed it up, if it won't focus anywhere. This old fool would send or take it to a proper technician and get it checked and sorted out. It would be well worth it as the lens is something to die for, especially at the silly prices they sell for these days.

Another point would be to buy a range finder* and fit it to the camera; that usually puts the icing on the cake. Again RF's seem to be given away these days and most tech's can calibrate them.

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* The sort that clips into the accessory shoe, btw...
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Yes, but the top plate needs to be removed, and part of the shutter mechanism locked so the shutter can be held open.
Yes, exactly - I have done this, a bit PITA process, but I managed to nail it, so it's worth doing, it's really nice camera after all.
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Thanks. I’ll send it off next week. I had another Trip 35 previously and it produced fantastic negs, but I foolishly sold it. That’s why I got this one.
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It is said by a few that the in between pictographs are very useful to focus on Forest Beings
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