My camera in America in 1973 was an Olympus Trip 35. I really enjoyed it. Now – decades later – I went finding out about it from UK and USA websites written by old camera enthusiasts.And hey! It seems it was a winner!
UK – For anyone who wants to take well exposed, sharp pictures with a fixed focus lens, I would recommend the trusty old Olympus Trip 35, metal bodied with a multi-coated Zuiko lens promoted so successfully by David Bailey in the ’70s – a camera capable of producing pictures indistinguishable from those taken with a top professional 35mm camera. We’ve had ours since 1978 and it’s still working perfectly.
The good news is that you can still buy one secondhand in near perfect condition from most photography shops for around £30 and you won’t be disappointed.
The focus ring is marked with symbols on the top of the ring – a head and shoulders to indicate 1 metre, two figures to indicate 1.5 metres, three figures to indicate 3 metres and mountain peaks to indicate infinity.
USA – The Olympus Trip 35 is a fully automatic exposure 35mm film camera introduced in 1968. Olympus made over 10,000,000 of them through 1988. It’s an inexpensive, lightweight camera with few adjustments. I bought mine at a thrift shop for $5 in 2007 with a dented filter ring. The date code says it was made in 1974.
The Olympus Trip 35 has an internal Galvanometer and selenium cell. It operates completely without batteries. Its light meter and programmed automatic exposure system are solar powered!