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Cult following. Small wonder.
Between 1967 and 1984 some eight million examples of the Olympus Trip 35 hit the streets. The quality, reliability, astounding Zuiko lens and simplicity of use appealed to both professionals and amateurs. Fifty years on, reviews of the Olympus Trip 35 continue to rave about this astonishing little camera. At Trip35.co we are dedicated to keeping the legend alive for a new generation of film lovers. Learn more about our restoration process.
We are @triprevival on Instagram
Our instagram page is where we share photos shot on our own Olympus Trip 35 or photos submitted by others, also using an Olympus Trip. It's also where we'll share any special edition cameras that we create or other vintage camera accessories that we come across. If you already have an Olympus Trip 35, please tag us (@triprevival) if you're posting images you'd like us to consider sharing and by all means direct message us with any questions or comments.
A design classic
Yasuo Hattori's groundbreaking design for the Olympus Trip 35 helped establish it as a camera icon. This stature was confirmed when publishers, Phaidon, featured it in their Design Classics app publicising it all over the London Underground. As they say in their text:
"There are some cameras that remain in the public consciousness long after they have been discontinued, and...the Olympus Trip 35 is one of these, the beneficiary of a popular advertising campaign featuring David Bailey, which was first transmitted in 1977. Bailey, perhaps the best-known British photographer, still regards the camera as one of the greatest contributions to photography. The camera's distinguishing feature was a circular panel of convex transparent cells around the main lens, which collected light for the selenium light meter. The meter automatically set the shutter and aperture and provided a red pop-up low light indicator in the viewfinder window."