Very Early Trip 35 with 6-digit serial number, boxed - Beautiful
A beautiful original Olympus Trip 35 built in 1968, one of the first of Trip 35's manufactured.
6-digit serial number cameras are now quite rare and collectible. This one has a serial number of 126048 and the film pressure plate has a date code '8 - 3' showing it was built in March 1968. Notice the shiny chrome edges on the hotshoe - a nice unique feature of these very early Trips.
This is one of the very earliest, having a maximum ASA of 200 and the distance symbols on the lens focus ring are all orange (later ones have a red group symbol). Also the film pressure plate has 3 prongs, whereas later cameras have just 2. Internally there are different screws in the lens and more heavy duty componenets like brass threads/cogs. There is a velvet strip in the film chamber - another sign of a very early, over-engineered camera. The gold 'Passed' sticker is present - positioned next to the serial number (later ones have the sticker on the other side of the hotshoe.)
This one is in lovely original condition with the original black leatherette and good black paintwork, which has not been touched-up.
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.
In excellent condition - there are no dents or bright marks. There are a just couple of tiny marks next to the viewfinder surround - see photos.
The photos are of the actual camera for sale. We only get a few of these cameras each year. This is a very, very nice example!
The camera will be supplied with an original (very rare early) push-on Olympus lens cap which shows 'Olympus Tokyo' (rather then later ones that just have Olympus). It has the original very early leather pouch (worn but works), early (silver button camera) instructions (tatty), early wrist strap, hotshoe cover and original Trip 35 box (excellent).
This is possibly one of the best, rarest and most sought after Trip 35 cameras we have seen. We got really excited when we saw this camera.