Olympus 35 | Vintage Exploration | Part II

Captured with the Olympus 35 | Vintage Antique 35mm Film Camera | Orange Flowers

Playing with a film camera is not something I do often. I appreciate the work and artistry that goes into that aspect of photographic art, but I am much more inclined to have the virtually unlimited number of frames available to me with digital photography. I have no idea of what to do in a darkroom, but I have a blast with post-processing and developing my photos to reflect my artistic vision using software instead of chemicals.

However, with my grandfather’s Olympus 35 in hand, and a roll of film at the ready, my husband and I had a blast exploring my parents’ yard learning how to use this antique camera. Some of the controls were foreign to us – we figured out how to set the aperture, and made our best guesses at the focusing distance. Some of the photos turned out better than others….the one below is my favorite:

Captured with the Olympus 35 | Vintage Antique 35mm Film Camera | Orange Flowers

I love the dreamy effect of this photo, the bright, vibrant colors! In case you were wondering this photo was made with Kodak 35mm film, ISO 100 and developed at Costco. I’m not quite ready to dive into darkroom chemicals, but on occasion the process of using film, the wait and see – not knowing what you got until the film comes back from the lab, is a lot of fun!

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  1. Kelly on March 5, 2018 at 11:36 am

    I also have a Olympus 35 158509 that looks just like this one. I am searching for the manual on it. I’m not finding too much information on this camera. Any help you can give on finding the manual would be appreciated!

    Thank you,


    • Angela Andrieux on March 5, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Kelly, Unfortunately I never found a manual for my Olympus 35. If I come across one I’ll be sure to share!

      • Kelly on March 5, 2018 at 12:42 pm

        I will do the same! Thank you Angela!

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