The Olympus Trip – I Didn’t Get It

The Olympus Trip, a legend to many, but not to me.

So I was loaned an Olympus Trip recently, this is a camera that has a cult following like no other. The internet is stuffed full of adulation for it and I was much anticipating getting my hands on one. When I finally did what were my thoughts?

‘Meh’ to be honest.

I have only shot one roll through it so far, Redscale is my latest analogue obsession, and I am sure that I need to shoot a few more too get a better feel of it, but too be honest what I like in my classics is the full control of a manual camera. Shutter speed, aperture, optical view finder. You do not get this with the Trip and I missed that when I was out shooting with it.

Scruffy boats at their moorings, taken with an Olympus Trip.
Scruffy Boats

The sun in the sky, taken with an Olympus Trip.
The Sun In The water

Dead tree framed by the living, taken with an Olympus Trip.
Dead Tree Framed by the Living

Don't look into the sun, taken with an Olympus Trip.
Don’t Look Into The Sun

There is basic zone focusing here, and the camera functions in exposure mode A, so apart from guesstimating how far away from your subject you are and visual composition the photographer has very little to actually do with exposing their pictures.
I found this a little frustrating as a photographer – I like too be in control of my camera and I like to tell it what to do.

Open roof space, taken with an Olympus Trip.
Open Roof Space

Lurcher prowling near sunset, taken with an Olympus Trip.
Prowler

The size of this camera is convenient, compact and easy too carry about, and the f2.8 40mm lens is a great focal length for all sorts of picture taking. I am committing photography heresy here, I am well aware of that.

I did not like the camera.

I am planning too shoot another roll or two with it, just too confirm my initial impressions, but I say with confidence, my Canon AT-1 has no worrying too do.

Maybe, though, a love/hate relationship could develop?