For all my readers who have been using film for a number of years, and even those who are wishing to take it up now, there’s no better film camera to have with you wherever you go, than the fabulous Olympus Trip 35.
And I mean the early metal bodied type, not the later plastic bodied one which came right at the end of the era.
I know you’ve probably all had it beaten into you about how good the Trip 35 is, blah, blah, blah ad infinitum, so I’m not going to do that. No, what I am going to do, is to post here quotes from users, and then let you make your minds up, ok? Here we go:
I’ve just acquired a Trip 35 – made in Japan – what a brilliant little camera! I shot a test roll of colour negative film and was staggered by the results.
The Trip is hornier than a sackful of rhinos. I am led to believe that “David Bailey’s Book of Photography” contains a number of photos taken with a Trip, which suggests that he did more than just advertise them.
The way my mind sees the world could only ever be captured with a film camera, and the Trip does it better than any other similar range camera.
I remember some years ago a friend of mine bought a new SLR and was taken aback to find that his wife’s Trip 35 pictures were sharper.
I just bought a Olympus Trip 35. It’s brand new in it’s original box with manual but on mine I never get that red flag, even in the dark. I think the selenium thingy is gone, but I am still able to take pictures and they are comming out sharper and better than my digital. This camera is just amazing. It works even when it’s faulty!
I agree; great little camera. Great for candid work. You can even use it in low light.
Some years ago, our then local camera repairer showed me a Trip 35 that had been brought in after being run over by a bus. Although looking squashed, the body was still more or less intact. He accepted the challenge and got it working again. Says something for vintage engineering!
The Trip 35 DOES NOT USE batteries. It has a selenium photovoltaic cell whose output is used to set a combination of shutter speed and aperture. This lack of battery was a great attraction of the camera, making it one of the most popular camera models ever.
That’s what some dedicated film users are saying about the Trip 35. And if my memory serves me right, I think I’ve done an article or two about it here as well.
So, back to the cameras I am offering. I have many, many Olympus Trip cameras, some in good condition, some in excellent condition, some not-s-good but working condition, and some down right u/s, which I use for spares.
These 2 I have selected are my best at present. One is presented in a rather handsome Red Lizard covering which I applied myself, together with new light seals and refurbishment where necessary. This one is rather unique, though, as it is the rare much-sought after model with the chrome shutter button.
The second one is also just as nice, with a snazzy Green Lizard covering, new light seals etc as above. Both cameras have been fully tested by yours truly, with colour and monochrome films and work exactly as they did when new, magnificently.
I also have very difficult to get hold of filters for these cameras; at present I have Red, Green, Yellow and Orange filters available, all of which I use in my own work. Again, leave me a comment if you need any of these for your work, and I’ll be happy to oblige.
See them both here, or leave me a comment or email.
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