Keep Your Trip35 Light Tight


After using your analogue camera over and over again, you must take care of it in order to keep it in good condition. Here is a tip I’d like to share with you to keep your Trip35 light tight!

The Olympus Trip is now a fair few years old, and although quite reliable they will need a little TLC to keep them in tip top working order. After a while, the light seals on most analogue cameras begin to fail. Most seals start to get sticky or gooey and will need to be replaced. Although this may sound like a daunting task, with care and a steady hand it is quite an easy task. The replacement seals can be ordered quite cheaply on eBay costing just a few pounds for two sets, quite handy if you make a mistake with the first set. Here is a list of the things you will need to do the job.

  • A set of new light seals. (come pre cut for the camera)
  • A few cotton buds.
  • A wooden scraper. (home made, from a make up stick or cocktail stick)
  • A dress making pin
  • Cigarette lighter fuel (petroleum spirit)
  • A magnifying lupe if you have one, if not good eyes.

The first job is to remove the old seals, Take you’re time and do not rush the job. Start with the door seal, by soaking a cotton bud in lighter fuel and apply to the door seal. You may have to do this several times to soften the old adhesive Once softened use the scraper (wood, do not use metal) to remove the old seal taking care not to let it fall into the camera. This can be quite messy so have a lint free cloth at hand to wipe the gunge off the scraper. Once all the seal is removed you will be left with a sticky mark which can be removed with lighter fuel on another cotton bud, all traces of the old seal and glue must be removed leaving a nice clean surface for the new seal.

The next job is to remove the two short film chamber seals, one at the top and one at the bottom of the camera body. You can do this using the home made wooden scrapper. The old seal should just lift out without the use of the lighter fuel this time. Make sure the two channels are clean, if not use a cotton bud and lighter fuel to make sure.

You are now ready to put on you’re new light seals, First of all start with the two film chamber seals and push them down into the channels, normally these are just a push fit. Then when in place shut the camera door to help settle the seals into place.

Open up the camera again and this time fix the door seal into place, this seal is self adhesive and has a backing. I find that this backing can be quite difficult to remove, a pin can be quite handy for getting things started. Carefully align the seal on the camera body and firm into place with a finger.
Congratulations job done, re load with film and go and enjoy using you’re light tight trip.

written by trip35snapper on 2011-12-14 #gear #tutorials #diy #camera #tutorial #olympus #guide #tipster #trip-35 #light-seals


  1. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Mine is even sompler, find and cut some black cloth strips from old jeans and stick to the leaking part, done...^..^

  2. elsje
    elsje ·

    Thank you so much for this tipster, I spent all of yesterday for a tipster about fixing light leaks, but couldn't find any! I got a Olympus Pen EE3 where the original seal is all sticky and little parts stick to the film even! I already bought black felt to use instead of the foam but I didn't know where to stick it, and how to remove the old residue. I will also use this for my old Pentax K1000, my own Trip35 which I never used because all the foam was already gone when I got it (for 2 euro's :) )

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