A perfectly miserable day weather-wise, as was Saturday. 80's and high humidity-my bane for personal functioning. Got up before dawn and picked Thimbleberries at daybreak for an hour-I have about half of a gallon sized bag filled so far. I suspect next weekend the berries will begin ripen quickly with all this heat. Thimbleberry picking is not for arachnophobics, as I have had many encounters with spiders, some large and nasty looking indeed.
The Olympus Trip 35 is a 1970's pre digital era example of a film-using point and shoot camera. It was made famous by British fashion photographer, David Bailey.
Olympus had great success with this camera and it is estimated that during its production run between 1967 and 1984, over ten million units were sold. It has a unique selenium meter that sorrounds the lens, assuring that the camera needs no battery to power the light meter. A razor sharp f/2.8 lens has but two shutter speeds (1/200th and 1/40th) with the camera chosing the speed based on lighting. If there is not enough light for your exposure, a red flag will pop up in the view finder and the shutter will not fire. No focusing or rangefinder-simply four focus settings (3 feet, 5 feet, 10 feet, and infinity). Guessing distance is second nature if you are used to shooting a Holga. Your outstretched arm is about two feet for a benchmark. Like the Olympus RC, the mechanics and lens are superb. For me, this camera is a joy to use to embrace FUN rather than mindful concentration of the technical aspects of making a fine print. Guess your distance, point, and shoot. Great for street photographers who can just keep their eye to the viewfinder, wind, shoot, and wind. No light readings to take, no tripod, no shutter speed and F Stop to set....Keeps me balanced and allows me to appreciate the creative process from a much less technical vantage point than my regular medium and large format work. Also note this is a wonderful camera for shooting kids, who of course never enjoy sitting still. A good source for refurbished Trips and accessories can be found at:
You can find a Trip for as little as $25, but expect to pay $100 for one that has been fully restored with new skin, light seals, clean, lubed, and adjusted. I have found Etsy to be a better source for Trips than Ebay.