It started with a gift
In the early 1990's I was given an Olympus Trip 35 by my father-in-law, Bernard. He said he'd had it some years but couldn't get good photos out of it. I used it on holiday to take pictures of the kids on the beach; all 36 images were exposed beautifully, nice and sharp too. I've used the camera for every holiday since.
I was surprised to see there was a bit of a cult following for the cameras. This gave me the idea of restoring them, then adding something to make them look fresh again - I found leather enhanced their look and made them nice to hold and use.
Trip Man is the Classic Olympus Specialist, with a wide range of cameras from the 1950's to the 1980's.
Buying a camera from Trip Man is one way to ensure that you get a fully working and clean camera. We offer a full 6 month warranty, giving you complete peace of mind.
All of our cameras have been serviced and are in full working order with new light seals.
We offer a full money-back, repair or replacement service if there are any problems with cameras purchased from us. This gives our customers complete peace of mind. We have a full 6 month warranty.
Postage & shipping
Please see our Worldwide Shipping page for full details of P & P costs:
To pay for shipping outside UK, please select your destination zone at the checkout .
Delivery should take approximately 7 - 10 working days. (Slightly longer for items shipped outside UK). We prepare each camera individually for you once an order is placed.
Payment is via Paypal secure server. You are able to use your credit or debit card. You do not need a Paypal account to purchase from us. To pay by credit or debit card, please select the Paypal option at checkout and follow the instructions for payment by credit/debit card.
If you place and order and have not paid at the time, we will contact you by e-mail after a few days to arrange payment.
Q. How long will it take to deliver my camera?
A. About 7 - 10 working days is the current estimate. We prepare each camera individually for you when you place your order. Small orders for accessories only should be delivered within about 5 - 7 days. We will always try to deliver earlier than these estimates, but we are often busy with multiple orders.
If you are an overseas customer, it will take a little longer. If you want an update or delivery estaimate on your order, contact us on email@example.com
Q. Is the camera shown for sale in the photos on the web site the actual camera I will receive?
A. No, the photos are of a representative example. Unfortunately we do not have time to photograph every camera. The cameras we sell are as good as, or better than, the ones shown in the photos. We do check every camera for quality, to make sure it matches the description and images. If a customer does not agree, we will offer a full refund or replacement as part of our customer satisfaction guarantee. We want you to be happy with your purchase. We do however take pictures of special one-off cameras for sale, for example a rare black Trip 35. We will state this fact in the description.
Q. Could you repair/service my own trip please, rather than buying a camera from you?
A. Sorry, we do not currently offer a repair service. We are happy to take your camera in part exchange. I can recommend a guy who does a brilliant job at dismantling and refurbishing Trips. You can contact him by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. I''m looking for a Trip accessory/43.5mm filter that is not shown on your web site. Do you stock other items?
A. Yes we have lots of other accessories and filters not listed here. We have leather cases, many different filters etc. Just send us an enquiry if you are looking for something: email@example.com
Q. What is the difference between an early and a late Trip 35?
A. Earlier Trips have a silver shutter button; later models have black buttons. Inside the camera there are a number of differences, as the camera evolved over time, parts were made from different materials. Earlier models are a fraction heavier because of the components. Early models tend to be a little more expensive due to their being harder to find in good working order. Both models are built to last though and will produce the same excellent results.
Black Trips or very early silver Trips with a 6-digit serial number are now quite rare in good working condition. We sometimes have these avaialble on the website, but feel free to ask if we have any coming into stock by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Which batteries should I use in a 35RC, 35RD and 35SP?
A. We supply these cameras with the meter at its original setting (for 1.35V) but we supply the cameras with LR9 (PX625 equivalent) 1.5V alkaline batteries, so there will be about 1 stop difference. Negative film has a wide latitude and the difference will not be noticeable as the lab will compensate.
However, there are other batteries available, such as 1.35v zinc air, although they do not last as long.
See this site for batteries:
Q. Where can I get 35mm half frame films developed and printed?
A. Most photo labs will develop 35mm film, B & W and Colour. You can also use mail order services such as this one:
They also scan the negatives so you can use the digital files!