Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Secret Film Development Process (Involves a Trip 35)

I have been working on a new top secret film developing process which I shall now explain for the more technically minded among you. Please keep it to yourself because if this gets out then everybody is going to be doing it and it won't be unique, or secret, any longer.

Here it is step by step:
1.) Acquire any old 35mm film camera (cheap because nobody wants them any more) I used a Trip 35, but this process should work equally well with other types/brands too.
2.) Find some heavily expired, discontinued slide, E6, film. It's even better if it has been hand rolled into a C41 negative film canister. For the purposes of this scientific, photographic research I used Kodachrome 64, hand rolled into a 200 ISO Agfa negative film canister.
3.) Load said film into purchased camera.
4.) Find a subject and shoot it.
5.) Take film out of camera.
6.) This step is very important. Take film to local film development lab and hand it in without telling them what the film really is. They should just stick it through the regular C41 machine and press "go", or whatever it is they do back there that got so expensive to do in the last ten years.
7.) When you go to pick up the film they will think the film is ruined and they might not charge you for the development. Make sure you take the film home anyway, don't be a sucker.
8.) Scan your film as negative film.
9.) Mess with the resultant images in the GIMP/Photoshop/Paintshop Pro, etc. until it looks kinda old and groovy like the samples below.
10.) Post them on-line for all to see and claim that you have discovered a new top secret process for developing film.

What are you doing here reading this blog post, get out now and go have some fun! GO!

This post is also on my other blog here.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Empty Deck

Taken on XP2 Super 400, scanned on a CanoScan 5600F, edited with the GIMP.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Victor's new baby!

Hello Lanthus,

Attached is a portrait of my newly acquired Trip 35. I've only run one roll through so far but based on those images, I believe it's going to be well-suited to street photography. With that in mind, I posed it atop my copy of HCB's Photographer monograph. I hope the pic is suitable for your most excellent Trip 35 Cult page. Here's the link to my blog http://leicadiary.blogspot.com/



Congratulations Victor, it looks like a beauty! Hope to see some pics from it soon.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Green Chair

Olympus Trip 35 and very expired but frozen for years Kodak Ektachrome 64, scanned on a CanonScan 5600F, cropped on the left a bit in the GIMP.

Fish and Chips

Olympus Trip 35 and very expired but frozen for years Kodak Ektachrome 64, scanned on a CanoScan 5600F, edited in the GIMP.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Contribution from John!

Saw your blog, mine is at http://vulcan-bomber.blogspot.com/

You asked for photos.  This was taken in Mons in Belgium a year or so ago with my Trip on FP4 film, not long after lunch and I think it was around September time.


There are a lot of people who like to use the Trip 35 for street photography because it is small, quick to use "shooting from the hip" and is very quiet! Nice photo John, really a worthy show-piece of what the Olympus Trip 35 can do!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sharp, Sharp, Sharp!

The Zuiko 40mm f2.8 lens on the Trip is just incredible! If Olympus would make a digital version of the Trip 35 today, complete with 40mm f2.8 lens, and with a full frame sensor they would make a killing! I would look at maybe buying one, price permitting. And why can't they? The lens covers standard 35mm film, so it's just the internals that would take some figuring out! Simple huh!? Man, I should work for Olympus...

What the Olympus Trip 35 was really intended for!

I like to think of the Olympus Trip 35 as the VW Beetle of the camera world, it really was intended to be the "every man's" camera. And it was a great success of course, I mean wow, 10 000 000 sold! That must be some kind of a record, even by today's standards! The target user was your average family person who needed a cheap reliable camera to record the everyday life of his or her kids, grand-kids husband, wife, granny, etc. In that spirit I recently took my beauty of a Trip on an outing with my grand-kids and just snapped a few memories:

I am happy to report that it performed as intended, just like the VW Beetle it was easy and reliable! Just like the Beetle it became a legend because everybody loved them and bought them by their millions. Heck, they even both came with heaps of preloaded character! If the VW Beetle was voted the car of the century ten years ago, then why can't the Trip 35 be declared the camera of the decade for the 1900's? It's got my vote!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Alans Trip

I was sent this pic by someone called Alan, you can see more of his work here: http://pix.ie/alan Thanks for the contribution Alan!

Alan said: Hi Photophile, about the Olympus Trip 35, I humbly submit this recent picture of mine. (I confess I did not take it with a Trip).  Yours faithfully, ~ALAN

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Upmarket Dwelling

Taken on Ilford XP2 Super 400 C41 process B&W film. Scanned on a CanoScan 5600F. Edited with the GIMP.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunset on a Country Road - Trip 35

Taken with my 41 year old Olympus Trip 35 on Fuji Superia 400. Zone focus set to infinity (the little mountain setting).

Friday, June 25, 2010

Black and White Abstract from my Olympus Trip 35

The Olympus Trip 35's crazy sharp Zuiko 40mm f2.8 lens is spectacular when I get the zone focus right, which sadly I don't quite a bit of the time... but I'm getting better at guessing the distances! This is a prime example, it may not be great art, but it is SHARP all the way through, with no distortion, light falloff, or softness in the corners! Who can't love this camera?

Taken with Ilford XP2 Super 400ISO film.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

How old is my Trip 35?

There are plenty of articles dealing with how to date your Olympus Trip 35, but some of them are a little hard for me to follow, especially when it is actually such an easy thing to do.

Step 1.) Remove the pressure plate inside the back door of your Trip 35, it's quite easy to slide out, just don't force it.

Step 2.) Look at the number printed here:

The first, Japanese, symbol is the factory code and is not so important. The 9 is for the year, and the 3 for the month. The earlier Trips have a chrome shutter button, and some time in the mid 70's the shutter button was changed to black. Mine has a chrome shutter button and so was manufactured in March 1969, which is confirmed by my low serial number. If it had a black button it would have been manufactured in 1979. They were only manufactured between 1967 and 1984, so there shouldn't be any problems placing the year of manufacture depending upon the colour of the shutter button. Easy, huh?

Step 3.) Put your pressure plate back into your Trip, carefully.

Step 4.) Put in some film and go shoot something!

PS: If you have a refurbished Olympus Trip 35 then this may not be completely accurate because the companies that do the restorations freely swop parts between cameras as spares are needed.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Olympus Trip 35 resource links

I have a added a list of web links to this page related to the Olympus Trip 35, if you know of more, please list them in the comments below and I will add them to the list as they arrive.

Join our Cult!

For those of you who have been following my blog at The Photophile, you will know that I purchased an Olympus Trip 35 and posted an article about it here: Olympus Trip 35 Cult, with photos here: Trip 35 Photos. Since then I realised that there is a great interest in this amazing little camera and decided that the Olympus Trip 35 Cult needed it's own blog!

So here it is! If you have any photos that you would like to feature on this blog, please email them to thephotophile@gmail.com, with some info about the photo, eg: film used, place taken, time of day, or anything you would want published together with the pic. Make sure you include a link to your own blog or website! You could also include a testimony of your experience with the Trip 35 and why you like it so much. Photos of your Trip 35 will also be published, maybe one from the front and one from the top to show the serial number.

Keep shooting that Olympus Trip 35 and keep having fun!


PS: Here's mine!