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Serial number and age (an explanation)

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john millar is a group moderator john millar says:

The serial number on an Olympus Trip 35 camera does *not* give you a precise date of manufacture. The only way to tell is to open the film compartment and carefully remove the pressure plate on the back of the door (this is quite easy. It simply slides free from its locating pins) and look for a code on the back of the pressure plate.
The code consists of 3 characters:

1st Japanese character or letter (in later models) signifying the assembly plant.


2nd number representing the last digit of the year of assembly
(e.g. 5 = 1975, 0 = 1980).

3rd number or letter representing the month of assembly,
1-9 for Jan-Sep, X, Y, Z for Oct-Dec.

for example; N1Y = November 1971

Of course the TRIP 35 was manufactured between 1967 and 1984, so if you are unsure if you have a 1968 or 1978 model, the chrome shutter button is the earlier and the black the later.

This information is from my observations/research and personal experience. If anyone wishes to add to it or correct me on any matter, please get in touch.
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Nar8iv / Scott W says:

Thanks for the info.I will definately check it out.
87 months ago (permalink)

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Nar8iv / Scott W says:

So that means my N21 has its birthday in January 1972.Any idea which factory gave birth to it?Thanks again,that was fun.
87 months ago (permalink)

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B Duke says:

I'm so glad you posted this information. Mine has a pretty low serial number and the chrome shutter button, so I assumed it was a very early model, but didn't know for sure.

So I just checked the pressure plate, and it has a Japanese character at the beginning, then an 8, then a 9. So, September 1968. Good to know! Thanks!
87 months ago (permalink)

Arzivenko [deleted] says:

i got 3 trip35..
64 - chrome (1976)
88 - plastic (1978)
88 - plastic (1978)
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john millar is a group moderator john millar says:

You are all welcome.
I have several trips myself, the earliest being april 1972. Maybe we should find out if anyone has an earlier version than POSTEDNOTES .
ARZIVENKO, i think you will find yours are
64-april 1976... 88- aug 1978
Unfortunately, i haven't discovered how to tell which factory or even the factory locations, so if anyone can help out with this it would be appreciated.
87 months ago (permalink)

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Julio França says:

My girlfriend´s trip 35 = November / 1967
"japanese caracter" 7 Y, with chrome shutter button.

My olympus trip is not here with me, but i´ll get it soon. But i´m pretty sure that it has a plastic shutter button.
87 months ago (permalink)

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john millar is a group moderator john millar says:

wow julio, that is early. until now i thought production started in 68. this will be hard to beat
87 months ago (permalink)

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enplastilina says:

My olympus tris is N19, with plastic shutter button.
September 1971?
My girlfriend has another olympus trip, I'll see it...

Thanks!!
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Nar8iv / Scott W says:

Hey , I just emailed Olympus about the first carachter...what do you think the chances are we will get a response?
87 months ago (permalink)

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john millar is a group moderator john millar says:

hey Scott, i think the chances are pretty slim but if we all keep our fingers crossed, who knows.
86 months ago (permalink)

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Julio França says:

I just emailed olympus too. They give surreal responses, like a automatic system or something... just forget about olympus co...

Hermèse, i see the olympus website. The camera debut was 68, but i think they start the production by the end of 67... a very old camera, indeed, but in very good shape (my girlfriend´s trip). My trip was produced after that, 1979... is a Plastic Button one... N93 = Mar/1979
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john millar is a group moderator john millar says:

your girlfriend is very lucky indeed, if she ever feels like selling tell her to get in touch. Hermèse
86 months ago (permalink)

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I am Chris says:

New to the group. I just picked one up for GBP1.70. 8Z with black plastic shutter release so December 1978?

Is in fantastic condition and only 14 months younger than me.
86 months ago (permalink)

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Dericuze says:

My oldest Trip 35 (chrome shutter button) =N82, so it's february 1968.

My other Trip 35 has the black plastic shutter button, it's N15, may 1981.

Both are in excellent condition.
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shoot_thirtyfive says:

"for example; N1Y = November 1971"


How odd! Mine actually is N1Y. Blimey. Just got to run a roll through now and see how the seals are doing, hope I don't have to do any DIY repairs
85 months ago (permalink)

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willgrant says:

ok, mine is:

[japanese character] 7 - 4, chrome shutter

which is april 1967?

yay!

serial number, if it helps anyone date theirs, is: 2814931
85 months ago (permalink)

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cool-baby says:

ok...i have a black button N06,so thats June of 80?
I also have a chrome button one and it looks like a B or a square with a line through it B17 so that would be....july of 1971?Its in mint shape compared to the other one.
I have a 3rd on the way.
85 months ago (permalink)

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Dericuze says:

My newest Trip to my Trip 35 collection!

Silver button, K(or something)81.

January 1968, in perfect condition
85 months ago (permalink)

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D2Gallery says:

Hi everyone - I'm new here also. Just received a mint condition trip I bought through ebay - even came with the original flash, instructions, and box! :) Black button, K98, so August 1979. Haven't even run a roll through it, but will post some photos once I do. Looks like a fun group.
85 months ago (permalink)

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random_dave: film for sale says:

Hey everyone, I've just picked up a trip from the postie today. N1Y black shutter button, that'll be November 1981 then.

Looking forward to putting lots of film through this baby, especially on the street, my OM's are just a bit too noisy.
84 months ago (permalink)

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Julio França says:

Hermés, my girlfriend´s trip are soooo minty (just teasing)... she wouldn´t sell it... it´s like a "inheritance" (it´s right?), :P
But seriously, her 1967 it´s in better shape than mine 1979 model...
84 months ago (permalink)

elroustom [deleted] says:

Ok, I popped my Trip open, and there are no characters at all! The SN is 170237 - any ideas? This thing is in excellent shape, except for the minor blemishes from having taken the pressure plate off, and takes great pictures.
84 months ago (permalink)

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Moth Clap says:

I'm selling a Trip that I bought at an op-shop years ago - I just popped the back and found the numbers 7 7 printed there. It has a metal shutter button - does that mean it's a July 1967 model? Should I be putting this on eBay or hanging onto it ...
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Moth Clap says:

... Well, it's on eBay now.
If anyone's interested: cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=013&...
84 months ago (permalink)

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auris1 says:

This camera is in great cosmetic condition, especially for a 40-year-old (according to the manufacturer's markings underneath the pressure plate inside the film compartment it was made in 1967, making it one of the first produced. See 68.142.214.24/groups/olympustrip35/discuss/72157594537718... for details).

nice one,mate )
i think you have more like 1977 model
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Moth Clap says:

67, 77, 76 ... i'm confused. basically, it's old.
84 months ago (permalink)

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auris1 says:

so am i.nothing personal though)
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Moth Clap says:

fair enough. i think it's a '67 model (metal shutter button, and the figures (japanese symbol) 7 7 on the maker's plate). if i'm wrong, so be it.
84 months ago (permalink)

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[m]vortex says:

A plastic(black) button N22 is a February 82 ???
83 months ago (permalink)

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Cassie Clarke says:

n87. black plastic
july 1978 :-)
83 months ago (permalink)

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Riccardo Mori says:

Yay. Yesterday I was given a Trip 35 for free from the shopkeeper of the used camera shop I usually visit (and hang out). It's in very nice condition and very clean inside and out. I just checked its age with the method suggested. It has a black plastic shutter button and the code is N9X, so it's October 1979. Not bad. :)
83 months ago (permalink)

Trunky. [deleted] says:

I just bought myself one for £0.99 off Fleabay, I'll let you know it's age!
83 months ago (permalink)

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Tigersight is a group administrator Tigersight says:

I just got Trip Number 2, purchased from an auction house in New Mexico, in the mail. In the first place the serial number stamped in the body is not a seven digit number; it is a six digit number: #150813. Of course it has a chrome button. But the stamping on the door plate is simply this: 8--(7)
I should interpret: it is the numeral 8 followed by a long dash then a seven inside a complete circle. I would guess that this is a July, 1968 Trip 35.
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D2Gallery says:

My second Trip (the one I took apart and modified to use 1/200th since the light meter was dead) is an early model with a chrome button. The stamp shows N81 -- so, January 1968 I presume.
82 months ago (permalink)

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chris of kiwi land says:

Hey guys.. New Trip owner here, number one just arrived in the mail. N37 with black shutter button. I guess that's July 73. Second Trip (I couldn't help myself) coming in a few days, will check that out when it gets here. After a four year absence from shooting film, I'm back and keen to get going! Oh, and I'd not heard of the Trip until I read KenRock's article, so at least he's good for something, aye!!
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chris of kiwi land says:

And number two has finally arrived - chrome button, N82, so Feb 68. Have run a roll through the first one, pretty damn impressed with it, to be honest, although coming from a DSLR and going to 400 speed film was a bit of a shock - the 6x4's look great but when you zoom in, damn it's grainy!!
82 months ago (permalink)

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ticketyboo2u says:

just received my second trip....bit grubby but once i cleaned it up and put new light seals on its in very good condition....chrome button and when i checked the pressure plate its oct 1967....[weird symbol 7x]
my other one is black button 78 but the aperture has given up the ghost....so chuffed to bits of having a really early one...cant wait to put some film through it tho.... :-}
81 months ago (permalink)

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januari.elva says:

I think the chinese character e.g.東(Higashi) means east.
Tokyo is located in the eastern of Kyoto that was a capital city before.
In fact,'東' means capital letter of '東京(Tokyo).
So my Trip35 is made in Tokyo factory,Japan.
One of my trip is 61.2.5.東.
It was made in January of 1976,Tokyo??
What is the number of ' 2.5 '?
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Tigersight is a group administrator Tigersight says:

I finally got the info off the first Trip that I bought. Under the plate it says:
[Japanese character] 62. It has a chrome button so I assume this means it was made in June of 1976.
81 months ago (permalink)

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Azza_07 says:

ok so i have read through all of this and still don't understand my trip has a chrome shutter button and i took the pressure plate out and it is (japanese symbol) 1 X i know the X is october but i still don't know what year any1 help?
81 months ago (permalink)

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ticketyboo2u says:

1971 oct ....nice earlyone that
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Azza_07 says:

ok so i have found a site which may give out where the cameras were made can i ask what symbols every1 has got?
81 months ago (permalink)

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Blacknoise says:

My new Trip is April '79
80 months ago (permalink)

Brianog [deleted] says:

The serial number on my trip is NOX and it has the black plastic shutter button. So I am assuming that it's date of birth is October 1980. Or is it October 1970? Can anyone advise? Thanks.
80 months ago (permalink)

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2Monkees says:

I think my first is from Jan 79 but as both it and the second have film in them, dating them will have to wait! ;-)

Interesting thread!
80 months ago (permalink)

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Tigersight is a group administrator Tigersight says:

I just got my fourth eBay Trip 35 in the mail. This one has a chrome button and the serial number is "E" in a circle, "7", "Z". This has to be from December of 1967 since the chrome button had long since disappeared by 1977.
76 months ago (permalink)

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cameron1965 says:

Some early models have shiny chrome hotshoe sides. Anyone know when Olympus made these? Are they on just the first early models or on all silver shutter button cameras?
76 months ago (permalink)

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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

I have one of those shiny chrome hotshoe early Trip 35s (silver button), although I think the 'normal shoe' silver button ones are more common. I must go check the back of the pressure plate to see what's printed there.
76 months ago (permalink)

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pedro guedes says:

"B"64. April '66? Nice...
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Trevor Hare says:

Chrome shutter release, character 7 X

So Oct 1967. I find this hard to believe as it is in such good condition and the metering is fine.

The first character looks like a little 8 or B in a circle
76 months ago (permalink)

morrisoxford61 [deleted] says:

i wonder how long it will be before the russian mafia start cloning trips like thye do with the leica cameras
seen some of them
jesse owens specials etc
i have just bought my first trip 35
having owned about 10 of the later high tech ones i have found th elens quality real poor probably cos they are chinese made
some of them just packed up for no reason
so my brother suggested i try a trip 35
bought one refurbished off ebay had not seen the other dealer selling them with fancy leather covers might invest in one later
our company photographer owns several trip 35 models and keeps using them he reckons they give better pictures than some digitals due to the way they see the image
alos last time i tried a digital it took so long ot wake up i forgot what i was doing with it
I take my cameras travveling on my motorcycle and cycle so i prefer light and small and easy to operate
plus no batteries to mess about with other than the flash gun and they are easy enough to get
will post some pics when i have run my film through
rahter fancy taking a spool at work we have a few characters working in the joiners shop who would win an ugly competition any day me included
ciao
russ
76 months ago (permalink)

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ppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp says:

S7X - silver button - so probably October 1967?
75 months ago (permalink)

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Oxidiser says:

Here's mine:
olympus trip 35

No japanese char, only two numbers. It has a silver button. Is this one from jan 1968?

Number on the bottom is 126511, but one is engraved on the top, near the shutter release as well, it says 115102.
75 months ago (permalink)

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Trevor Hare says:

probably means you have a Trip that was repaired at some time in the past with replacement top or bottom.
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Victoria JK Lamburn says:

Mine's October 1970. Even have the original case for it though it's mighty tatty. Although that just increases its appeal to me especially when I know the goodness inside which is loaded up with a roll of Tri-X :)
75 months ago (permalink)

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HilaryQuinn says:

Mine says 7-12
I think it means 1971 Feb, because the shutter is chrome?
(Great info, thanks!)
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gray1720 says:

Well, I've just been profligate and blown a whole £2 on a Trip! All appears to work, but will need a very thorough clean as it had been stored in a foam case, and the foam has turned to sticky gunge.

My code is N94 - so that'll be September 1974 or 1984? No, hang on - got that the wrong way round - it'll be April 1969 or 1979. No doubt the latter, as it has a black shutter release and the light seal is still relatively intact.

If the first roll post-clean is OK, I'll keep this one handy for point-and-click fun.

Adrian
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yachtbirka says:

Got my trip yesterday silver button - japanese character - 7 - 4 -
so April 1967
Its in great condition
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Tom Swanborough-Nilson says:

Black shutter: September 1980
Chrome shutter: April 1977

My girlfriend's, if memory serves correctly, is November 1974, but I'll check that when she's finishd the roll in her trip.
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Beeblol says:

Silver button

8 - Y = November 1968?

Still trying to make it work!

:o(
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Riccardo Mori says:

My second Trip 35 (black) is: "B"03, which should be March 1970. And being a black Trip, the shutter button is both metal and black, of course. ;)
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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

If any of you have a 6-digit serial number or a serial number in the one millions, your Trip 35 almost definitely has a chrome flash hotshoe (the shiny chrome, like on the Olympus rangefinders) and was made as early as '67, and perhaps up to the very early '70s. The next batch of 'silver button' Trips did not have the shiny chrome hotshoe any more. Also, the earlier late '60s/early '70s Trips have a different look to the top and bottom housing chrome, being 'chromier' than the newer duller matte finish to ones that came after that (silver and black button versions). AND, the 'Olympus Trip 35' embossed logo on the front is a different font on those earlier ones too (letters/numbers look thinner). The VERY earliest Trips also had ALL four zone focus symbols in orange colour (we're all familiar with the famous red 'group' symbol on most), and an ASA selection only up to 200, not 400 (sign of the times!). These ones also did not have a 'click stop' on the infinity setting, only the other three focus settings, due to no hole being underneath that one for the little ball bearing there to pop into, which means you can easily move the focus ring off infinity if you're not careful. AND, those earliest ones also had their leatherettes cemented on, so you can't peel them off easily like the later ones. It is these Trips just described that are the rarest of all (all-orange focus symbols, no infinity click stop, shiny chrome hotshoe, max 200 ASA, cemented leatherette), along with the black paint ones (also with cemented leatherette if very early).
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Tripman says:

Brilliant detailed description of early Trips - many thanks. I haven't seen many of the really early ones.
It seems that quite a few cameras have had repairs and the top plate changed at some point as often the age code on the film pressure plate doesn't really match the serial number.
What is the latest genuine original serial number for a chrome shutter model I wonder?
Does anyone know what internal differences there are, e.g. some brass cogs? Some earlier front lens elements have a brass screw thread compared to later silver coloured metal threads.
Black cameras are certainly rare - I have a couple but they are hard to find in good condition.
What value should we put on totally original early and black cameras?
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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

OK, I might as well get this all out of me here in one go, so apologies for the longevity or for anything not totally clear for anyone, like me, who's really into in this stuff! ...
The highest serial number on a silver button Trip I've seen is in the 2 millions, although it could be the 3 millions now that I think of it. Definitely not the 4s, as there are black buttons in the 3s.
I've never seen any Trip 35 with a serial number with a higher first digit than '5'. If there were allegedly over 10 million made, where's all the 6, 7, 8, 9 and even 10 millions serial numbers at, or did I miss something?
Lowest serial number I've ever seen is 100,XXX (a 1967 because it had all that weird stuff like an orange group symbol etc. and 7 as the year code), so now I'm wondering where are all the cameras from 1 to 99,999, if those exist - or did they start stamping them only from 100,000 because say '14' or whatever doesn't look like a big enough number to emboss on the top???!!!
I don't fully understand the serial number stuff in this regard, and don't know how to find out frankly. Anyone?
If I start talking about internal differences between all mentioned in my above post, well I'd need a book really! Most interesting for me is there's a thin metal plate (looks like bronze there) over the front of the internal body (later models are ALL plastic there), behind the lens board, on a 1967 I've seen inside of.
Olympus ditched lots of stuff internally ALTOGETHER (presumably to churn these cameras out more economically) on the runs after that one, for example a whole assembly of wires and brass thingies keeping the rewind button in its place, an extra retaining clip on the right where the wires from the meter and flash go up to the top passed the red flag arm and tab, as well as one other actually sitting on the top beside the viewfinder, the third screw holding on the film counter to the body, two body plate screws instead of four etc. etc. etc.
I would have no doubt that "why use 3 when 1 will do" was very much a design revision philosophy (as well as "why make metal bits when we can do that all from plastic moulds cheaper"), to produce faster and save production costs as it no doubt did for the millions produced after that.
Viewfinder/galvenometer housing was also all metal and not plastic in '67, and possibly the next year or two or three. Yep, the Trip 35 got more plasticky as well as 'spartan' on the insides after the initial run of them with all that extra metal in there, but it's not a bad thing of course, and undoubtedly ensured the overall success of the camera, thank goodness!
The 'late' silver button ones ('not shiny' hotshoe) were almost identical inside to the black buttons afterwards, with the main clue when you take off the top being a brass cog left there for the film counter from 'earlier times'! All black button ones I've seen have a white plastic cog in place of that brass one for the film wind mechanism, in keeping with the other plastic ones there anyway.
The viewfinder cavity top seal was changed from glued on black paper (which you always find detached off the walls) to black electrical tape (hit or miss in that regard) sometime after the last of the 'late' silver buttons, as far as I can tell.
Oh yes, only black one I've ever seen was 6-digits, 1970, cemented on leatherette (although RED group symbol and FOUR-hundred ASA, but NO click stop at infinity ... my word there's another permutation for ya!), and closer to the 'late' silver button versions inside than the 'earlier' silver button ones. The hotshoe on those is of course black too, so if anyone ever asks how many kinds of hotshoes are on Trip 35 cameras, the answer is three (shiny chrome, matte chrome, black).
Oh, and the film pressure plate was held on at THREE different points on the back of the film door in the very very earliest Trips, and I've even seen one of those where there was a HUGE light seal foam up the latch end of the door (on the inside of the door itself there) ... which was a HUGE shock for me, as it was the usual goo which means it was original factory stuff!
So, alas, the original pressure plate assembly and seals configuration is something else Olympus ostensibly decided to save resources on, by ditching what I've described in favour of just the simpler 'two-pronged' approach to the plate-to-door assembly, and the only REALLY needed film door channel corner and hinge area seals up the other end, which they must have tested only at that config. if they decided that latch end seals were superfluous (although there might be a slight difference to the mold of the door in the revised stuff too, as I've had problems swapping doors around between Trips - although I've yet to figure out the technicalities for definite in that regard yet!)

For ANY Trip 35 camera, or anything at all saleable, the money value for it is that which a person is willing to pay - and that can change from one time to another, one country/culture to another etc etc, and also depend on HOW it is sold, as is easily appreciated.
A potentially good guide for how much a BLACK Trip 35 OUGHT to sell for is to equate with the availability and price differences between chrome and black Canonet QL17 GIII rangefinders - with which you'd probably see a similar 'availability ratio' figure to that of chrome to black Trip 35 cameras, I think. Personally I don't like Canonets in black, at any price, and therefore don't want one so will pay nothing - although I love the Trip in black, so would happily 'go the extra mile' for one of those - so there's personal taste issues also, regardess of 'rarity value' or stuff like that. And all this is not including anything like if there has been servicing done, which in the world of classic cameras, can make an ENORMOUS difference in terms of value and how much people are prepared to pay, and you can see this easily if you're in or follow the market there. As a rule, in the world of buying and selling these or anything, people buy what they want and get what they pay for ; )

PS I dont think the silver buttons are actual metal, but just plastic coated in a finish that looks like they are metal. I havent actually tried cutting one to see as such, but when out in your hands, the silver buttons feel and weigh - as far as I can tell - just like the black ones, and you can kind of tell by for example knocking on the side of one with your fingernail. When I did that first on a silver button, my gut just said "plastic"! Might not be the SAME plastic as black ones, but probably plastic nonetheless. And one time, while I had a Trip opened up, I gave myself an instant new hairstyle by testing a flash with my bare finger on the shutter release without the button on it, which IS metal underneath the button there, and the button sits directly on it without a non-metallic buffer of some sort. So if the ACTUAL button were metal too (in its entirity, not just say with a metal trunk and plastic wide bit at the bottom), well that would mean metal directly sitting on metal, which would mean ... well, you know the rest!
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yellowmoondog says:

Thanx a lot for those informations.
Mine is : silver button, jap character- 48---) august 1974.
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yachtbirka says:

second one N 0 1
black button so Jan 1980

not in as nice a condition as my earlier one, but still good
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Beeblol says:

Excellent run down sbjd29! I hope you've recovered from that. ;o)

My trips are N 4 1 Jan '74 and "#" 8 Y Nov '68.

The 68 is undergoing explorative surgery in search of a cure for the lack of red flag.

It has the shiny chrome hot shoe, silver button, red group symbol, ASA 400 and sports the s/n 862798.

I think that all falls in line with your reasoning.

Laurence

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bleachedquasar says:

i have 3 Trips:
black button
N22 - Feb 1982
N73 - July 1983

silver button
(character) 78 - i'd like to think it's a 1967 but judging by the very detailed rundown, it's probably Aug 1977 cos it's a red group symbol and s/n 2xxxxxx
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simon133 says:

silver button

N85

1968 ?
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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

I think it's more likely a 1978 especially if 'N' is the factory. If your s/n is less than a million or in the 1 millions (and has a shiny chrome hotshoe), it's a 1968 most definitely. Otherwise, 1978.
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camilored says:

i have a black button

N22 - feb '72

bogota, colombia
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Beeblol says:

2 more joined my collection today. Black buttons both...

s/n 4670040 N 1 5 = May 71

s/n 5330175 N 2 9 = Sept 72

Seals now replaced and film tests to be done. Maybe in Cornwall early May!

Both appear in working order and cosmetically better than s/n 4726131.
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mart & gree says:

I got my first Trip in the post today (cost me 1 pound plus 4 p&p).

Here are the specs:

Serial 3303231
H84
Metal shutter release.
The gold PASSED sticker says JCII 81... JMDC

So: metal button suggests old, age code suggests April 68 (or does the H suggest 78?), but serial seems high and sticker suggests 81 was year of inspection.

Whaddayareckon groovers? 68 or 78?

Also: a moment to brag about. Yesterday in a charity/thrift store I found a Yashica T5 for under 3 UK pounds!
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simon133 says:

My N85 has a serial no pretty close to your H84

3460756

Metal shutter release

Afraid the gold passed sticker is no longer there.Still got the original olympus pouch though, pretty worn but still keeps the trip nice and safe.
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cyclops35 says:

I think the first 7-digit Trips came on stream in about '73 or '74, and still retained some characteristics of the earliest ones from '67 onwards (such as shiny chrome hotshoes). These of course have silver buttons too, and are therefore the 'early' designation along with any earlier AND subsequent silver button ones. And some people are SUBTRACTING ten years FROM the age of their Trip, thinking for example a '78 is a '68 just because it has a silver button

Mine is April 1968 SN 134254

Silver button and Shiny Chrome hot shoe. 25 - 200 ASA (no 400) and Orange group symbol (not red).

Just had a complete CLA from Street Shooters (you can find the store on ebay - ireland) would recommend to anyone.
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mart & gree says:

Yeah, I'm fairly sure from what you've said and from the exhaustive and fascinating info from sbjd29 that my H84 is a 78, not a 68.

High serial, non-shiny hotshoe and red group button give it away, it would seem.
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simon133 says:

I agree that my N85 is 78 and not 68, non shiny hotshoe & red group button.

Do we know when the black shutter button became the norm.
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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

Thanks mart & gree! It's not 'exhaustive' yet, but I'm working on it (still can't pin down a year to answer simon133's question above, but if it's the '70s for first black buttons, it's probably no earlier than very late '70s. I've seen silver buttons in the mid-70s, and I'm not sure yet if there was a production overlap).
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Beeblol says:

Just spotted a Trip on ebay(uk) showing s/n 122222. Earliest I've seen to date!

cgi.ebay.co.uk/Olympus-Trip-35-Auto-camera-No-122222_W0QQ...
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Tom Swanborough-Nilson says:

Bought another one, couldn't resist.
Serial number 3007203.
Chrome shutter, assuming its October 1977, as the hot shoe is dulled and the group symbol is red.
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Maclaine Diemer says:

N98

August, 1979. Only a couple years older than me. Pretty cool. I love this little thing.
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dseang [deleted] says:

w00t! My first Trip arrived this morning! Already on its second roll...
Price: £4.
Serial: 4968198;
Code: N1Y = November 1981.
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gedwards1107 says:

Hi

Can anyone help identify the age of mine?

Japanaese character 6 6 I can upload a photo if that helps!

Thanks
72 months ago (permalink)

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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

Hi! If it's 6 6, then that's june (2nd 6, meaning 6th month of year, i.e. June), year 1976 (1st digit). Has to be 1976, because Trips were not made in either 1966 or 1986 (production was '67 to '84 as far as I know).
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gedwards1107 says:

hey, great thanks for clearing that up. I was a bit confused!!
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simon133 says:

My latest trip

serial no 122222

shiny hot shoe

orange group symbal

8 - 3

so 1968

Unfortunately not working, shutter fires but red flag doesn work and fires at 1/40 only. Still happy to have such an early example
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Beeblol says:

Ah... that's the one I mentioned a few posts back! Nice catch Simon.

I have one with same problem. (s/n 862798; Nov 1968; red group symbol and shiny hotshoe) It seems to be a dead selenium cell. Transplant probably needed.

Will you attempt a repair? It would be nice to have a working early example. If you do and are successful, would you consider posting details for a lesser mortal?? :o)

I'm considering trying a test roll and doing some night shots @ F2.8 as the shutter seems to fire ok anyway. Has anyone tried this on a dead cell Trip and got a result?

Laurence
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simon133 says:

Yes i'm hoping to get it repaired although i wont attempt a repair myself, afraid i'm just not very gifted in that respect.

The shutter fires at 1/40 and the blades stop down to f22, its got a small dent on the filter ring so i guess its been dropped at some point. Probably what did for the selenium.

Its cost me £21 including postage so far, will definately see if i can someone to repair it.

what ASA does yours go up to ? this one goes to 200

will let you know if i manage to get it repaired
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Eungbong says:

My Trip35 :

Shutter release button: Black
Serial No.: 5365300
Code No.: N31

"N"→ Made in NAGANO(長野(?)), JAPAN
"3"→ 1983
"1"→ January

Thanks for the information.
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vrystaat is a group moderator vrystaat says:

Interesting but the latest one I have got has no number on the plate with a serial number of 5452103. Think that makes it one of the last, any ideas on why no number and what the last number is out there?
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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

I've recently seen a 54xxxxx serial number, a bit lower than that, with a date stamp of 1983 (like the one mentioned just above). I've never seen a 1984 date stamp! Maybe they chose not to date stamp the 1984 production models, and then that's the way you know it was the last year?
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william.olive says:

What were the differences in the asa ratings of the trips?

Mine, I suspect it's a 69, goes to 400. I thought they all did.

From my jaded memory, the one I owned in the late 70s went to 400 also, but since I only ever used Kodachrome, I would never have went over 100.
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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

The very first Trip 35 cameras ever made (starting in 1967 and then into 1968, not 1968 as the first year) had all-orange focus zone symbols (the 'group/3 people' icon was orange, not red like after that either in '68 or with a '69 start), and also had a maximum ASA setting of 200, not 400 like on all subsequent models.
Those very earliest Trip 35 cameras have gotten as rare as hen's teeth, thus EXTREMELY difficult to find, and if you do, they are quite delapidated and don't work due to all the grime build-up on the aperture blades etc.
If any of you have one (or more!) of these earliest Trip 35 models, let me know!
PS I'm just about convinced now that the Trip 35 serial numbers started with 100000 (one hundred thousand), because of MID-LATE 1967 DATE STAMPS on Trips with serial numbers in the very very low 100,000s (and of course these being the 'all-orange zones/max 200 ASA' examples). I wonder if the very very last serial number was a deliberate 5500000, seeing that 54XXXXX is the highest any of us have seen, and no doubt coming from the last year of production in 1984? So, according to my logic, 100000 as the first serial number to 5500000 (or thereabouts) as the last serial number would mean that Olympus made approximately 5,400,000 Trips between 1967 and 1984. This is a good reason why I'm at odds with the "they pumped out over 10,000,000 of these" rumours going around the internet etc.
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gray1720 says:

sbj29d "This is a good reason why I'm at odds with the "they pumped out over 10,000,000 of these" rumours going around the internet etc. "

Thanks - I've been meaning to ask this for a while, as I've had a '79 Trip with a number in the 3xxxxxx range, which seemed very low if 10 million were made. Glad I'm not the only one thinking that there was something funny in the numbering!

Adrian
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hover1 says:

Have managed to come by a fine example, with silver button, chrome flash-shoe, s/n 767325 and inner ID: 15 denoting May 1971 manufacture.
Further inquiries suggest that this or 8-like Japanese character described by others means 'Sun', or can simply be a signifier for 'date' - possibly something equivalent to our ' ... th'.

Of particular interest, gleamed from an earlier advertisement in Japan, posted on the website of a Japanese enthusiast, was a listed price of 14500 Yen.
This was at a time when, in Australia, the exchange rate was about 400 Yen to the Australian dollar, and also when a new Triumph Bonneville 650cc motorcycle cost less than A$1050!
(My brother, who was in the navy at the time, recalls shipmates wheeling new Honda 750 fours onto the aircraft carrier docked in Tokyo Bay, for under that!)

So, at around A$360 in Japan, this was not an inexpensive camera!!

I do remember, at the time, the celebrated 60's photographer David Bailey describing how he reveled in the image quality approaching or even rivaling that of his Nikons, coupled with its ability, in his eyes, to enhance spontaneity on an assignment or on location.
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Clack 3 says:

hi new the to the group.

i have a chrome shutterknob but it has only a serialnr on the top
111467 and the pressureplate has the 7-(12) numbers.

is it december 1967?
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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

Indeed it is a 1967 Trip! I can tell you that it will also most likely have an orange 'group' focus symbol instead of the more usual red for that one, and it's maximum ASA is 200, not 400, and it has no 'click stop' at infinity focus. I can also tell you that you are one of the lucky few people who has this very first type Trip 35 ever made, and you are the privileged owner of this most rare example that stopped production only after a few 10s of thousands - in 1968, the year that most people think Trip 35s STARTED to be made!
I can confirm that only a few 10s of thousands were made, because they most likely started at serial number 100000, and I have a next model 6-digit serial number Trip in the 130000s which does NOT have the orange group focus symbol and HAS 400 ASA available (not to mention a revised design for the film rewind crank!).
I ALSO have a 1967 Trip 35 with the above specs., but I'm not going to tell you its serial number only to say that it dates to SEPTEMBER 1967 ... Tee-hee!!
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Micky Tyke says:

Right, I think I've just acquired a Trip from that first batch!! £4.24 on Ebay! Pressure plate has 7- then a circled 10, so not sure what that means, but it has the orange group focussing symbol and serial no. 100509. Best thing is it's near-mint condition, apart from a stuck ASA ring - anyone got any clues how to budge it?
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Irish Light is a group administrator Irish Light says:

WOW! You have one of the first Trips every made!! It's a 1967, October (10 = 10th month, 7 = 1967). I can verify that these only number in the 10,000s, because the next version after that orange group symbol one is at the most in the 130000s (changed to red at that point) for the serial number. I am pretty sure that you have the 509th Trip 35 camera made, seeing that 100000 is more than likely the first ever serial number. DO NOT let that camera go astray!
Also, have a look in the film chamber, on the inside of the film door. Does it have a huge spongy (which will also be sticky - don't touch it!) light seal foam up at the latch end? I'm guessing it has.
These first batch Trips are as rare as hen's teeth now, and even rarer in anything like good condition. How's the viewfinder? I'm guessing it's probably pretty dusty/hairy/misty in there, but you might have been lucky.
Message me, and I'll tell you some more things ; )
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Micky Tyke says:

And here are the pictures! Anyone come across an earlier serial number??

RIMG0006

RIMG0008
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