Olympus Trip 35 - Trip The Light Fantastic!

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“Oh no!! Not another Olympus Trip review?!” Well, if you may indulge me this one time, I’d like to tell you how the Trip helped me reawaken my love of 35mm photography.

I can’t remember why I actually gave up analogue photography for a few years. I think I got disillusioned with the declining quality of my prints after getting them developed cheaply at poor quality high street developers. Digital came along and initially seemed impressive so I converted to the dark side, but after a while I realised 2 things seemed to be missing from my photos – warmth and soul. Then I chanced upon the joys of toy photography after buying my first Holga cameras and rediscovering the delight and excitement of that few days waiting for your photos back from the developer. Medium format photography was a lot of fun but only 12 shots on each 120 film can be prohibitive and expensive, so I decided to go to 35mm again.

While I was deciding on which camera to get , I came across a Flickr site devoted to pictures taken on the Olympus Trip. I was amazed at how sharp and beautiful the photos were, so when I found a UK company selling reconditioned Trips at a very reasonable price, I knew I‘d found my new camera.

I’ll spare you the usual facts you always hear about the Trip… selenium lens blah blah no batteries blah blah David Bailey TV adverts blah blah . All I can say is when I received this baby and took it out of the box, it just felt SO good – wonderfully light to hold in the hand, great classic looks – and the soft sensual click of the shutter button was sexy beyond belief. I couldn’t wait to get snapping, and was so lucky not only to be living in London (one of the most photo-friendly cities in the world) but also to have plenty of the Lomographer’s best friend available to me – brilliant sunshine. So over one of the sunniest summers in years, I spent my days walking around town with my Trip.

The lightness of the camera makes you want to carry it everywhere and get as close to your subject as possible. Various colour and black and white films all gave me great results, but the real eye-opener for me was using cross-processed slide film for the first time. The sun made the colours gorgeously rich and saturated which along with the wonderfully sharp Zuiko lens helped capture that summer perfectly.

The simplicity of this camera is a joy. Its automatic exposure means you only have to worry about choosing the correct distance setting, which frees you to concentrate more on composition and subject (But you can also trick the camera into taking wonderful existing light night time shots by turning the aperture ring onto 2.8).

This simple approach helped me to take some of my best pictures ever. I entered my photo shown here of 2 lovers in Trafalgar Square in an online photography competition, and it won first prize! I am now getting paid work as an analogue photographer again, and it’s all thanks to wonderful cameras like The Olympus Trip 35. You owe it to yourself to get one.

written by droogieboy on 2011-05-24 in #reviews #film-photography #olympus-trip-35 #lomography #user-review

16 Comments

  1. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    won-der-ful gallery!

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    nice review, with great fotos...

  3. i_fung
    i_fung ·

    I juz bought my olympus trip 35 from ebay~ now I juz load first film for it , thanks for you reviews and your photos are nice~!!

  4. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Nice

  5. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    eh) great street shots

  6. zark
    zark ·

    I love pic no 2!

  7. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    such a great gallery!

  8. droogieboy
    droogieboy ·

    thank you for your kind words, people x

  9. clogged
    clogged ·

    i love mine!

    that picture of the lady with the wine is my favorite. they're all wonderful :)

  10. droogieboy
    droogieboy ·

    why thank you, clogged :)

  11. kokokprimitif
    kokokprimitif ·

    very nice..i love my TRIP 35

  12. cool-daddy
    cool-daddy ·

    oh for pete's sake...I know you from the trip 35 group on that "other" site....

  13. droogieboy
    droogieboy ·

    haha. I guess it's a small world if you're a Tripster :)

  14. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    love 28

  15. jazzy0o0
    jazzy0o0 ·

    I just started with my Trip 35 and I love your gallery ! wondering what slide film you usually use ? mine always turned out so dark after cross-processed....thank you :]

  16. droogieboy
    droogieboy ·

    Hey jazzy0o0 ! Thanks for the kind comments. I'm trying to remember which slide film I used -I think it was possibly Fuji Velvia 400? Getting slide film cross-processed can be a bit of a lottery, but i guess the unpredictability adds to the fun. Happy snapping!

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