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A new skin for Olympus Trip 35


by Marcos Sousa

“Parallel to the the work of architect I do photography on my free time. Recently the need to repair my old camera quickly became a flourishing business. All started about 5 years ago when I was looking for an affordable 35mm film camera, my first one. The brief was clear, the best quality for the best price and all my research pointed to one direction only, Olympus Trip 35.
I got it, but was lacking something, it was looking tired. Something stayed in the back of my mind and a couple of months ago i decided to give the camera a fresh look, a new life. Searched for various types of leather, tried different ways of cutting but the results were never good enough. It had to match or enhance the standards of when the camera was under production. I found then a friendly gentleman in Japan who is able to get the camera sections cut in leather for me with the precise shape and thickness, with the very first, very old process. The level of care and detail can be felt throughout the whole process: from the precisely calibrated mechanisms, to the pristine clear optics, to the leather cut and fit, to the packaging.
I believe this is a camera for starters, for professionals who want a fun yet serious performer or for someone who’s only looking for an absolutely beautiful object.”

Olympus Trip 35 it’s a beautiful and robust fully automatic camera which requires no batteries and very little effort to deliver timeless images. It was produced between 1967 and 1984 and was originally intended for the point and shoot market but quickly became a cult for serious photographers like the british David Bailey. It’s heavy enough to feel you are using a serious metal bodied camera but light enough to carry around. Has got a fixed 40mm f2.8 lens which allows you to be quite close to the subject and get very nice portraits but also feels wide enough for landscape shots. It’s sharp, extremely sharp and focusing couldn’t be easier, you only got 4 very precise settings. You can manually set aperture as you like but that’s missing the point. Set to automatic and let the camera do it’s job and if you haven’t got the right conditions a cute red flag will pop into the viewfinder and save you precious film.

Video “vintage ads: OlympusTrip David Bailey”
To get more details about Marcos Sousa‘s new edition of the Olympus Trip 35,  click here