Meet the latest addition to our collection of old cameras. The Olympus Trip 35. Scotts grandparents gave it to us and it originally belonged to the father of one of their close friends.
It’s a cracking little film camera. Weighty in the hand without being too heavy and well built with a satisfying shutter sound. The beauty of this camera is its simplicity. It doesn’t need batteries and the settings are minimal – enough to set the film speed and focal length. You basically point and shoot.
I shot a test film to get a feel for the camera and check it still worked. Thankfully it did! Here are a few of my favourite photos from the film roll.
This photo from St. Mary’s churchyard in Guildford is a bit creepy. Look at the light streak over that grave!
The thing I like most about using point and shoot cameras with film is the unpredictability. You never quite know what you’re going to get back. Lack of settings means little can go wrong and if you’re using good film you know you’ll get decent photos. What you can’t predict is the amount of contrast, tone of the colours or the occasional light leak – and if you shoot with expired film you can end up with something totally off the wall!
I’m looking forward to taking more photos with this beauty. Digital photos may be instant, sharp and colourful but there’s something I really like these high contrast, nostalgic looking images. Long live film!