I have owned my Olympus Trip for several decades but have never taken it seriously, until lately. When I first bought the Trip I tried it out with a 400 ASA film of that period and was not happy with the results, preferring one of my Olympus OM SLRs, or an Exakta VX2a, all used with a slower film.
Slowly, over 35 years, it occurred to me that the Trip might be worth trying again, this time loaded with ILFORD FP4 PLUS, giving it the benefit of a level playing field. Also, some of the EMULSIVE posts about the Trip told me that I could be missing something.
To renew my acquaintance with the Trip I took it for a walk around my local village. It was refreshingly simple to use the camera due to its small size and lightweight. For the walk up Screel Hill the little Olympus fitted so easily into my anorak pocket that I was totally unaware it was there. Even the auto exposure system behaved faultlessly after so many years, despite all I have read regarding selenium exposure systems.
My film was developed in RO9 1:50 for around 14 minutes at 20 degrees Centigrade, then the negatives were scanned with my trusty Epson V550 flatbed scanner.
The resulting photographs were a very pleasant surprise.
My conclusion is that the lens is first class, the exposure system excellent, and the camera so lightweight that it can be taken anywhere including to the top of my local hill. I can now see why David Bailey sometimes used one.
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