The Olympus Trip 35 is a much vaunted little camera and has many admirers, this includes me. I feel like I came to the party late on this one. Having shot film pre-digital (there wasn’t any alternative then). Also I had completed a City and Guilds in black and white photography using my now late fathers Pentax K1000, I had given up on film and sold all my gear, the K1000 included (shame on me) and bought a small digital compact.
A Family Get Together
About two years ago I was clearing out some old boxes and came across my wife’s old Olympus Trip 35. I thought about selling it online, a quick check showed that they were going for about £10.00 at the time. “Sod it”, I thought “I’ll run a film through it and see what I get.”
A quick trip to Boots for a roll each of what I remembered was excellent film, Ilford FP4 and HP5.
The first roll through was FP4, and I had a perfect opportunity to use it. My son-in-law had asked me to accompany him on a trial flying lesson my daughter had bought as a Christmas gift. I didn’t need to be asked twice. After that back to theirs to hang out with our grandchildren, perfect!
And the winner is!
I was amazed at the results and this camera! It started a new love affair with film. The ease of shooting this little camera makes it so simple to use, this is zone focusing in its simplest form, easy to use and understand. The lens is so sharp that it lives up to its reputation. Since then I have gone on to expand my collection of film cameras, some Rangefinder and some SLR and even a couple of 6×6 and start a darkroom build, which to date is nearly ready.
Anyway, enough of the words, let the images speak for themselves.
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