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None the less, does anyone here use a original Trip 35?
I've just got back into into Trip ownership via the Bay of E. I had one previously but never used it so I sold it. For some reason I was attracted to this one on ebay because it was one of the earlier models with a silver release button (a bit of a sad reason but there you go :o ).
I quickly ran a 24-exp 400ASA film through it so that I could test the camera before leaving feedback. I'd forgotten just how well this batteryless wonder performed :cool: No scans, sadly, as I don't have a scanner :( Sharpness may not be in 35SP leagues but it's not remarkably far off. Of course being able accurately focus could close the gap. It's not duffed-up even one exposure either.
Does anyone else here use one?
GeneW had a Trip 35 and has some shots on flickr such as this one (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cdnphoto/305255707/). Gene (Starbuckguy on flickr) gave the camera to me, but I have yet to put film through it. I'm heading out on the water in the canoe this afternoon, so I may just pop some C41 in and watch what happens. ;)
Don't fall in the water through concentrating more on the Trip than the canoe :eek: :D
LOL! I have never capsized this canoe (though others have)
and don't intend to!
OM-1n 50/1.4 Kodachrome
I have one, and it's amazing. In fact, it's been part of an ongoing revelation about how crazy we as hobbyists can be. I mean, I've seen folks getting worked up about how important multizone auto-exposure/focus can be, but heck, it all seems to end up no better than a 30 year old "solar" powered budget P&S.
I keep mine in my car. There are no batteries to go dead. For the flash, just follow the f-stop/guide number chart on a cheap flash.
If you look at the underside of the lens, there is a feet and/or meter scale.
I use a printed card I modified from one I found on the web, that lets me use my own two eyes as a rangefinder! I collect old cameras and many have "scale" focus.
aad, I think the fact is many of the 'brains' in modern cameras are there to compensate for the fact that everyday-consumers want a camera (be it film or digital) which they can pick up and get perfect shots 100% of the time without having to think about lighting, focussing or exposure. With that in mind, these newer wonders are a good thing. For those of us willing to put a bit of thought into our shots, it's no doubt very true we can get similar or even better results from cameras that are little more than a light-tight box holding a film, a shutter and a lens.
I have just picked one up from Echo-Bay too. More out of curiosity although there are several rave posts here on RFF. Mine is a bit grubby and needs the seals seeing to so is a 'to do sometime' project - soon I guess. I was interested in its size and until I actually handled it hadn't realised how small it was. I think I will use it rather than the Pen S I have.
I've bought a couple off the bay. The first had a loose lens barrel which curiously made the shots blurred if I didn't hold it while releasing the shutter. It didn't work so I got rid of it. The second one is a much better example and has been looked after very well. I'm still finishing the first roll to see what it turns out.
Oh me, oh my, another Trip 35 thread. This just goes to show just how great these little beasties are. Lovely, (generally) reliable, small(ish) and oh so sexy.
I currently have three. One is an earlier one with metal button (one can more accurately gauge the date of the main body and the back, there's a link on this forum somewhere I think) which I have lent the other half, one is in very good condition and the third is in pieces because I got bored, and the lens didn't 'click' into place so I was going to try to fix it whilst at the same time looking inside these lovely beasts. Anyway, I knackered the shutter mechanism so I will get back to fixing that when I have more time.
A few of my Trip 35 shots can be found over here http://35mmtripping.blogspot.com/
I have one which I bought new; haven't used it for years. Nice little camera I remember, bit limited like most family orientated snapshot cameras but very acceptable results within the limits of the metering system.
I have never tried any of the plastic-bodied later Trips, but I understand the results from them are not as good as the earlier models. In the UK, we had quite a famous advertising campaign for the original Trips featuring photographer David Bailey, though I don't think anyone has ever successfully established whether or not he actually used one for any of his assignments or personally. I do know he was a genuine fan of the OM System though.
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