Olympus Trip 35: First Film

I had a week off in early January last year (2017, I know its taken me this long)! On the first weekend I was in a charity shop and I found an Olympus Trip 35 for sale. The camera in question was ‘sold as seen’ and they didn’t know whether it worked. I had some spare film kicking around from my University days, as I did try and get into film photography while there but didn’t have enough time to do so.  I thought it would be best to test it, with a view to use it more within my photography.

The Olympus Trip 35 was made famous in the late 60’s early 70’s by David Bailey with his advert as seen below. 

The camera itself was designed to remove the hassle of carrying lots of equipment for people on their travels; the camera itself was built with its own selenium photocell to allow the user the point and shoot experience as we do now with our smaller compact cameras. Also the cell allowed for shooting without the problem of carrying extra batteries for the camera. It has been estimated that over 10 million of these were sold in the period of their manufacture. 

I took the camera with me on my week off to many places and took the chance to explore the use of a film camera. As I spoke about before with the concept of a point and shoot there are 4 options on the camera lens for focusing from landscapes to portraits but it was very simple to follow. I used a Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400, 

Here are a few of the 36 shots I took on the camera: 

First shot of the film


Enter Wonderland, Dedham


I also got a film developed from a few years back here are a few shots from it. 

Overall, I found it really interesting to explore film. The more limited nature of the art form determines the need for more thought and technique in how you take the shots. Getting used to the the way each camera takes photographs is also very helpful for using a digital camera. In the case of the Olympus Trip the camera aims to make it easy and as simple as having a small point and shoot digital camera. I really like the way that the camera gives a bit of grain to the developed picture and feels as if it is underexposed. That visual aesthetic is somewhat more desirable in today’s digital market with Instagram filters aiming to recreate the same. 

I know the know quality of the images don’t add up to that of digital cameras. But there is a certain charm about the way they develop. I look forward to taking more photos soon.

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