Very Early Trip 35, January 1968 - almost mint
A beautiful original Olympus Trip 35, built in January 1968 - one of the first Trip 35's manufactured, with unmarked original leatherette.
6-digit serial number cameras are now quite rare and collectible. This one has an early serial number of 108563 and the 3-pronged film pressure plate has a date code '8-1'.
Internally there are different screws in the lens and more heavy duty components like brass threads/cogs. The flash hot shoe has a bright chrome finish. The rewind lever is more recessed than later models. There is a velvet strip inside the film chamber (also not present on later models.)
This one is in lovely original condition, with the original black leatherette and excellent black paintwork. The black paint has not been touched-up. There are no dents, with hardly any signs of use - see photos.
This very early version has a maximum ASA of 200, whereas later versions have 400 ASA. The focus ring has all distance symbols in amber, whereas later versions have a red 'group' symbol.
We have completed a full service and cleaned inside and out, and fully tested the light meter and shutter. The red flag pops up when the light is too low. New light seals have been fitted and it is ready to use.
The 40mm Zuiko lens is lovely and clear, free from marks, scratches, dust or fungus. The viewfinder has also been cleaned and is nice and bright and clear.
The photos are of the actual camera for sale. We only get a few of these very early cameras each year. This one is one of the best we have ever seen, being almost flawless; a real collector piece.
A great investment. Trip Man 12 month warranty.