One thing that I REALLY enjoy doing is browsing thrift stores for old camera equipment. It’s actually quite difficult to find really nice stuff here in Vancouver – and if you do, there’s usually a high cost associated with it which makes it a pretty unappealing buy. But every now and then I manage to find something that’s worth the asking price that I can add to my collection.
On my latest browse I came across a rangefinder-esque camera – an Olympus Trip 35. I hadn’t heard of these cameras before so I did a quick search on my phone. The first few results seemed legit and had good things to say. Since it was only $14 I decided to give it a try. Of course, before I bought it I made sure that the shutter, aperture blades, and film advance all seemed to work. When I brought it home I discovered that the light seal at the hinge was missing. I found some thin foam from the dollar store and sliced it up to size and attached it with a small amount of adhesive…seems to work well!
There are two really cool things about this camera:
Other details about this camera:
I loaded up some Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 ISO film and started snapping. Not all of them turned out well since I was still getting used to how the focusing zones work. Nonetheless, I’m still very happy with how this first roll turned out. Looks like it’s a keeper!
Here are some sample shots: