The Olympus Trip 35: An Amazing Find


Just a few words from me about a pretty little camera called the Olympus Trip 35. The Olympus Trip 35mm was born between 1967 and1984 (mine was born in May 1980). Over 10 million were produced and sold, so by no means is it a rare camera, but I do highly recommend getting one if you spot it going cheap!

I bought mine off ebay and it came with a skylight filter…I wanted it bad! I ended up paying £25 for it, which is more expensive than they usually sell for, but I can definitely say it’s worth every penny!

The lens is of amazing quality, and it constantly delivers crisp images with amazing colours… this is as good as my Nikon DSLR, which cost considerably more than £25 I can tell you!

The only problem I have with this camera is that the light meter isn’t happy with indoor shots (during the daytime). It moans and says, “no no no, it’s too dark!” I simply ignore this because I am too lazy to attach the flash. So I quite simply aim it at a light bulb, press down slightly and then move back to what I want to shoot…..and it works too! Muhahahaha – ignoring the rules at its greatest! But I must insist that you do not do this trick yourself as you may end up wasting some shots.

Anyways, here are some more examples of what this beautiful little camera can do!

written by explorette on 2011-05-31 #gear #review #olympus-trip-user-review-camera-35mm-35


  1. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Rather than pointing the camera at a light bulb, you can set an aperture. Setting the camera will use a fixed shutter speed of 1/40". Set the aperture to f/2.8. This will force the camera to take the picture even if it thinks it's too dark.

  2. explorette
    explorette ·

    @gvelasco, i did try that but it does sometimes over expose the shots, i now do both and hope for the best :D

  3. vestido-cinza
    vestido-cinza ·

    I bought my olympus trip a year ago, because i wanted a small portable camera (and because it was cheap too). At that time I hadn't heard anything about the trip, but I started to experiment and experiment because I had great results even with cheap films. Usually I use the 200 iso x-pro lomo film and I really enjoy the colors, even with low light. When I stared to search for information about the trip 35 I realized how great this little camera is. Now, I'm in love with her!

  4. jschussler
    jschussler ·

    I got my Olympus Trip 35 from my Dad, he used to use it to take pictures of us when we were kids so he was amazed that I wanted to start using it. It's one of my favourite cameras to use because it's really reliable and I know I will never get a bad roll from it. It has clear pictures but they are unmistakably film so it still has that lomo feel to it. I use it with my Diana flash at night and pretty much never touch the settings!

  5. bombetator
    bombetator ·

    Hooray for vintage cameras!

  6. leolensen
    leolensen ·

    It is indeed a great camera. I used to borrow it a lot from my dad in the 80s and early 90s, before I got my first SLR. About a year ago I discovered one at a flea market for € 7,50, I immediately after I checked it was still working. And it works great, in fact, it replaced my P&S digital camera.
    I love this camera and I want another one. Another one to pimp with a skin from skinslove!

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