30 Mar 2010

The long awaited Olympus Trip 35 photographs

Hotel in Krugersdorp, shot from the car while I was driving. (Not recommended!)
The cow worship centre, Irene Pretoria.
Sunset in Laezonia.
Locksmith sign in Silverton.

Difficult window shot, and the auto exposure did an admirably great job of keeping detail on the objects inside as well as exposing well for the exterior. A lot of modern cameras would mess this up and all you would see would be black silhouettes, not so this 41 year old automatic wonder.

Basins under fluorescent light.

All in all the Olympus Trip 35 has proved to be an easy to use fully automatic camera that is capable of capturing very impressive photos! The lens is as sharp as I had heard and the exposure was spot on throughout. My only gripe was the focus, which is part guess work and part luck, but I suppose one could get used to it. I'm hooked!


  1. Well, this is very good indeed. And of course the unanswered question comes to mind: Isn't film better than digital?

    Well, I'm sure you will allow me this answer, David. And this answer is yes - and no. :-) IMHO, if you use the jpeg format with about any modern DSLR, the camera will give you "vivid" colour and exposition - not the true ones. They even advertise it. And this is murder because in doing so they kill a good number of pictures, burning whites, blackened shadows... I cannot bear it. Even ordinary film will do better than that. Less flashy results, but better ones!

    But RAW is indeed a totally different story.

    It is impossible to comment on the lens, it would take a much larger format. Many modern lenses have benefited from modern optics and glasses, specially zooms. Others not - specially the 50mm Nikon and Canon ones which are both no more than average even today. It would take a detailed comparison to make an opinion here, but the lens seems pretty good.

    Go on shooting, man! You're doing good work, and this look into the past is always interesting.

  2. Great comments and observations Roger!

    However, I have to take you to task over the film vs digital comparison. Comparing the two is like comparing oil vs water based paints, each has it's own place in the artistic world and each is unique in it's basic qualities and the way that it renders the final artwork that we hang on the wall.

    Art is a very subjective thing and while some may love the smooth beautiful sheen of a marble statue, others prefer the warmth and texture of a wooden statue. This does not mean that one is better than the other but that each caters to the taste of differing audiences.

    So it is with photography.

    However, it is still possible to compare the two on a purely technical level, and it is there that we find that each have their strengths and weaknesses. So when we shoot with either we have to be aware of the weaknesses of the equipment that we are using and shoot to it's strengths. In the hands of a skilled photographer either medium will, and is capable, of producing spectacular results.

    My main purpose in shooting some of this older tech is simply to highlight the fact that 40 and more years ago people were achieving great results and the modern obsession with more and more expensive equipment is closer related to masturbation than art.

    If I could afford it I would probably also have the latest full frame digital wonder, but I certainly wouldn't produce any better photographs than I could with an ancient 41 year old camera that cost a mere R30 (US$4)

  3. i very like these photos take with your little olympus, they are full of life, long life to film caméras !!!! excuse me for my english !!!

  4. Brilliant little cameras. I presume you are aware of Tripman? A friend of mine as a number of these little cameras and they are quite remarkable really. Thanks for following my blog by the way.

    Great blog. Keep up the great work.

  5. i own exactly the same camera :) i buy from ebay this mounth! i hope i understand quickly how work :) you have here v good photo and that I enjoy!!