Beach balls

I hadn’t given my Olympus Trip 35 any exercise in a while, so I got it out and loaded some Kodak Plus-X into it. This film has been expired since February, 2000, but was always stored frozen, so I shot it at box speed. I developed it in HC-110, Dilution B.

Olympus Trip 35

The Trip 35 has given me some terrific results on color negative film, and as a result that’s what I’ve tended to shoot in it.

When I loaded the film, I thought this was the first time I’ve shot black-and-white film in it. But looking back through my archives I see that I shot some Ferrania P30 Alpha in it in 2020.

I made these images last November. I loaded up the Trip and took it to work with me, so I could make photos when I took a walk break in the afternoon. I also brought the Trip along from work when I had an appointment on the north side of town.

Second Presbyterian

I was utterly incapable of holding this camera level on this roll of film. Every single image was tilted 10 to 20 degrees. Thankfully, Photoshop fixes that lickety split. But if this were 30 years ago and I had received a stack of tilted prints from the lab, I would have been disappointed.

In der VW

I still enjoy photographing the area around my office. At some point it will grow stale, I’m sure.


The Trip handled well, as the Trip always does. I’m happy that after all these years, the selenium light meter is still accurate, or at least accurate enough to be within the film’s exposure latitude. My Trip was made in 1977 per its date code.

This way to Shapiro's

My office is on the south side of Downtown Indianapolis, which was an industrial area for a very long time. It’s not anymore, not really, as Downtown increasingly becomes about sports and entertainment. But on Downtown’s south side, little bits of its industrial past remain.

A. G. Maas Co.

This little house is on a dead-end side street behind my office building, which you can see in the background. I wonder what its story is.

Little house

Finally, I made a few shots inside my office building. We have enormous windows that let in gobs of light. The beach balls at the beginning of this post were rolling around on the floor next to my desk, so I lined them up and photographed them. This is the window nearest my desk, with a view of what used to be a high school but now is a startup incubator.

Office window

I’ve owned my Trip 35 since 2010, making it one of the longest-standing cameras in my collection. Keeping it was a good call.

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26 responses to “Kodak Plus-X in the Olympus Trip 35”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    As I stare at the storage area in my apartment full of 35mm cameras I never or rarely use, I really think I could replace all of them with just a good Japanese single lens 35mm rangefinder camera. Like the late great Minolta 7, or a camera like this. These are really great results. If Nikon, Canon, or Olympus are just sitting around with nothing to do, why doesnt one of them pull the dies out of storage and remake one of these cameras with modern electronics and meters, and a 35 to 40 mm lens? You’d think with the resurgence of film interest, a limited run of these would be a no brainer! I can’t tell you the amount of well-heeled amateurs I know walking around with a Leica M2, M3, M4, or M6, with a 35 mm stuck on, and that’s the only lens they own…

    BTW, in 40 years, I’ve almost never taken a photograph for money that wasn’t on a tripod, and I still seem to have a slight tilt unless I’m scrupulous about the framing! Always in one direction too! I always try to replace the screens in my 120 pro equipment with a grid screens because of this. Just a weird personal anomalie….

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m always pleasantly surprised by the Trip’s results. If you told me these images came from an OM-1 with a 35mm Zuiko I’d not know better.

      Nice to know I’m not the only one who struggles to stay on the level!

  2. Mike Connealy Avatar

    Very nice tonal range from that Plus-X in HC110, and the Zuiko lenses never disappoint.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! Never underestimate the Trip 35!

    2. Andy Umbo Avatar
      Andy Umbo

      Interesting to note, back “in the day”, Plus -X in HC-110 was “not recommended” by Kodak…I don’t know if it was the quality of the contrast and sharpness, or that the processing times were so short they worried about bubbles and streaking. I know I was never a Plus X fan, due to what I thought was very flat contrast, but these look fine. I migrated from Verichrome Pan, to FP-4, to APX 100.

      1. Jim Grey Avatar

        Fascinating that Plus-X/HC-110 was not recommended. Perhaps PX was reformulated or perhaps the Massive Dev Chart is showing no deference to Kodak’s advice.

  3. Forrest Johnson Avatar
    Forrest Johnson

    I if that little house you took a picture of is on S.High St, I have a little info on it. Years ago when Lilly bought all those houses for their parking lot a ‘little old lady’ lived there. They bought the house and told her she could stay there until she died. A friend of my mom use to go buy groceries for her every week. She use to live just down the street and knew her for years.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The address is 18 E Norwood, but I’m betting there’s a similar story behind this house as to the one you tell about the house on High St.

  4. ronian42 Avatar

    Some nice shots Jim, It’s got me thinking, my trip hasn’t seen any use in a while…..

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Time to get it off the shelf!

  5. sonny rosenberg Avatar

    Nice shots! I especially love the light in the beach ball shot.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! Say, on your new site, I don’t find an RSS feed. I really count on those to follow blogs. Is that something on your to-do list?

      1. sonny rosenberg Avatar

        Hi Jim, I’ve been having trouble with RSS stuff. I just got a new widget embedded that should be giving an RSS feed, I ‘think’ it’s working now. Would you mind letting me know if it does? Also Shalva from Analog News is trying to get something going for me too, as that’s how his site picks up new articles.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Unfortunately, my feed reader (Feedly) doesn’t find an RSS feed on your site. :-(

          1. sonny rosenberg Avatar

            Dang! And that app I’m using is a paid subscription too. Thanks! I’ll see if the app people can help with that.

  6. andytree101 Avatar

    Hi Jim, Great post as always! I really must put another roll in my trip 35!! Cheers Andy

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! The Trip 35 is always a reliable companion!

  7. Suzassippi Avatar

    I love all the interesting things you photograph. I spent a good part of my day looking for that house, and did discover it at 18 E. Norwood through the 3D google maps. The earliest the address showed up in the newspaper archives was 1912 when Alva and Welmont Piercefield were living at that address when their son was born. In 1921, the occupants were John and Lulu Riley who live there when their daughter was born. Susie Gauss received a building permit for repairs at that address in 1926. Finally, Mrs. Josephine L. Eakins, whose husband died in 1947, died at her home at that address in 1951. If it is part of the Norwood community, it was platted in 1888. Sanborn maps thus far have been inconclusive in determining a date for that location, mainly because of the size and number of the maps. I have not located anything in the archives of the historic files of the city to say anything else about the location. This is the kind of rabbit trail I can go down in a nano second but I say uncle on this one. Still, I enjoyed all of the photos and was able to locate Shapiro’s, the Second Presbyterian, your office building, and the building across the street as well as this house. Not bad for a day’s work at no pay.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I love it when you go down these rabbit holes! But there’s an 80% chance I can help you narrow down the location of a building if you ask.

      It might help to know that Indianapolis had a couple of renumberings in late 19th/early 20th century, and it’s likely that this house’s number was not always 18.

    2. Kodachromeguy Avatar

      What a great piece of detective work! But as Jim noted, current addresses may have different numbers than 100 years ago. Even streets get renamed.

  8. Joe from The Resurrected Camera Avatar

    It’s such a wonderful little camera! I need to get mine repaired… :/

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I hope mine goes a long, long time before it breaks. I don’t know who I’d send it to for repair.

  9. Kodachromeguy Avatar

    One possible reason for rangefinder camera photos being at an angle: over a year ago, I needed a minor amount of prism added to my prescription glasses. One roll of pictures was uniformly angled up on one side. Then it dawned on me, my glasses made me think I was seeing the scene horizontally. Lesson: take glasses off when framing. I am not sure if a SLR camera would have this effect.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oho! I do have a little prism correction in my glasses. I wonder if that plays!

  10. J P Avatar

    Mmmmm, Shapiro’s!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It is one block away from the office!

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