For today’s Tried and Tested Thursday, I will be talking about shooting a roll of Kodak Ektar on an Olympus Trip 35.
Earlier this year, I bought an Olympus Trip 35 from eBay. The camera was in good condition, which I bought for around £65 as I made an offer with the seller. I had been wanting the Trip for a while, although some of the prices on eBay were too high, some at almost £200. I was fortunate to have bagged myself a bargain at the right time!!
I must mention how surprised I was to see how small the Olympus Trip was when I first received it. I originally thought it would be a big and bulky camera, possibly heavy to carry around everywhere but it was the complete opposite. The Trip already had a leather camera strap, as well as a soft black leather case which is very convenient to avoid damage to the camera.
I decided to give the Trip a test spin back in April, since the lockdowns were slightly easing plus the weather was very nice. I went to Holland Park in West London with the camera, also a roll of Kodak Ektar already loaded. Thankfully the camera doesn’t take any batteries!!
I had a wander around the beautiful spacious park, initially hoping to photograph the famous Kyoto Garden but sadly it was closed for a few days, due to refurbishment and repairs. Better luck next time. Although I was lucky to take a few snaps of the peacock before my departure, a great way to finish the roll.
The results came out fair, considering it was my first time shooting on the Olympus Trip. I can see where I need to improve which is mainly both the focusing and aperture, as it is a manual camera I may need to work my way around the settings and functions. This might be a good idea to consider buying a manual light meter, or alternatively download a digital one from the mobile app store.
The colours were slightly saturated – that’s what you kind of expect from Ektar. The colours were a little harsh and vivid in some areas, however the speed of 100 did wonders in bright conditions, especially as it was very sunny.
I would certainly continue experimenting around with the Olympus Trip until I get used to it. I would try out a variety of different films, also try out a few colour filters for black and white photography.
At the time of writing, I only used the Trip twice, both in April. The second time was a little bit of an improvement than the first, faring better in terms of quality such as the focusing, however the aperture may need some work. Hopefully, I will go into depth about it on next week’s Tried and Tested Thursday.
Take care and stay safe