As someone who tries really hard to take quality photos (with moderate success), I’ve never understood the whole lo-fi photography trend of recent years. I really don’t get the point of any film photography in the digital age, especially with a low quality camera and expired film. I’m ambivalent toward Instagram too. I use it occasionally, but I really don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

In my humble opinion, film photography is expensive, wasteful, and lacks the instant gratification offered by digital technology. Plus, Photoshop is so much fun. I like to kick it old school in many parts of my life, but when it comes to photography, I embrace the future in every way I can.

With that in mind, I was surprised to find myself purchasing this Olympus Trip 35. I just couldn’t resist the classic vintage shape and cool lens. I have no idea if it actually works but it only set me back $2, so it was worth the risk.

The Olympus Trip 35 was manufactured from the late 1960s, until the mid-1980s and was a top seller marketed toward vacation photographers. It was high performing but inexpensive point and shoot camera, featuring a unique light powered automatic lens, eliminating the need for batteries. I’m not an expert, but if I had to guess, I’d say mine is a model from the late 1970s.

Over ten million of these cameras were sold, so they’re not particularly rare, nor are they expensive. With so many of them still out there, they have a bit of a cult following. Apparently, enthusiasts call themselves trippers.

(Makes me think of this and then I has a sad.)

Now that I’m the proud owner of a film camera, it’s time to see if it works. As far as I can tell, all of the parts are in working order. It’s now locked and loaded. I have 24 frames to shoot, and then we’ll see what happens.

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  1. I think film cameras require actual talent, which I’m kind of short on. I prefer my digital camera so I can see the picture immediately and assess what I did wrong. That said, you’ll have to share what you come up with as I’m sure it’ll be a cool experiment!

  2. So true! I actually enhance and/or crop almost ever picture I take these days. If the camera actually works, I might use it for a bit to try to become a better photographer without photoshop, since there isn’t much incentive with digital.

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