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Olympus Trip 35mm Camera Purchased 23/06/1984.

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  • The Olympus trip 35 , was possibly the first compact camera that used the same lens as the high end cameras ( OM1) , when first starting out as an amateur, I was advised by a talented photographer that I would be wasting my money on a high end SLR , and this little gem would do everything and more, with the added bonus of being idiot proof ( me) the main advantage is its small size, and the ability to carry it in a pocket, so less likely to be targeted by light fingered individuals, also by having it handy you are more likely to catch that one shot, long before the high end brigade have even set up their camera and decided upon F stops and shutter speeds, Simple to operate, it has four setting on the lens for distance, each with a picture to remind you,plus the measurements in feet or metres, Cleverly these settings can be easily seen through the viewfinder, Shutter speed is best left on Auto and the camera will decide for you which to use, but in incorporates some settings for the flash gun, if used, but the cleverest trick is the array of photo electric cells surrounding the lens, should you in your excitement to grab a snap forget to remove the lens cap ( Many times I have) lack of electrical energy from the cells will stop the shutter being pressed , and instead a large red warning finger pops up in the viewfinder !, however the same skilled photographer who recommended it to me, said that if the light is too poor for a picture, point the camera towards a light source and half depress the shutter release, then turn to the object and press it fully, a trick I have used many times since then, also compared to a modern digital, there is no need to turn it on and wait for everything to set itself and no shutter noise, it is discreet as a butterfly's wings
    Other attributes, the high quality construction of the case assembly, and the nice feel in your hands, each one has a unique serial number allowing you to date it, or as in my case to prove that it was stolen ( damaged in the theft though) for many years I carried one of these with me at work and on my travels with my motorcycle, until when the last one was worn out, I purchased its newer replacement with automatic wind on, built in flash and auto focus, but they just didn't last or give the image quality that I wanted ( plastic lenses) I ended up buying a selection of these cameras and having a couple refurbished , and gained many more years use from them until I got purchase a modern digital of the same lens quality and build.
    Two of my old ones are still in use with younger owners and giving good results, while I often take an old picture out and recall happy events
    I did see an all black version for sale but decided against purchase, a pity really as it was supplied to the US forces in Vietnam
    produced over a ten year span, this has to be the most iconic small camera ever produced
    .......... russell glen, Cheltenham, 15th of March 2020

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