Olympus Trip 35
I picked up an Olympus Trip 35 rangefinder w/soft leather case at a yard sale for an amazing price of $1.50! It's in pristine shape but it will need new light seals. Anyone know where I can get these light seals replaced? I'm in the Toronto area.
Thanks in advance.
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Light seals are often a DIY fix that is not terribly difficult if you are handy with small tools - and are so inclined to give it a go. It's one repair that's often worth a try, since if it doesn't work out one can always fall back to having it redone professionally.
One possible online source for the required foam is Micro-Tools.
Thanks Ken for the warm welcome and the great info.
Lucy - Hi from nearby Waterloo. The light seals on the Trip are easy to replace yourself with some lighter fluid and a toothpick or similar piece of wood to remove the gunky old seals, and an X-Acto knife and some patience to replace them. "Interslice" on ebay is a good source of pre-cut light seals for various cameras, although if I recall on my Trips it was just the foam around the door hinge that needed replacing, and you could just cut self adhesive foam (or felt) to size.
That's correct. It's only the foam around the door hinge, and even that isn't in bad condition at all. It's just a bit sticky and I want it replaced, just so that no light can get at the film.
Originally Posted by GM Bennett
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Aki Asahi (www.aki-asahi.com) sells precut light seal sets for your mighty Trip (7$). He sells you one set but delivers three or four (at least he did for me). He's also selling a beautiful new leather for your Trip (8$).
Thank you so, so much! They do in fact have the pre-cut seal set and I just ordered it! Not bad for $10. shipping included!
Originally Posted by mablo
I googled his name and came up with this website. It even has a Youtube video of how the seals are made.
The leather on my Trip is in pristine condition. I really lucked out on this find!
Thanks to everyone for your great help!