Picture of Custom Leather Olympus Trip.
 A recently retired colleague of mine was kind enough to give me a couple of cameras before he disappeared to Thailand.

The first was a coronet midget. The second was an Olympus Trip.

The Olympus Trip was a successful mass produced camera. It boasted a built in light meter, making taking great photos a point and shoot affair. 

The great thing is, you can pick these up for about £15 on ebay. 

I had yet to get round to running a roll of film through this camera, and decided it needed a spring clean, and some slight improvements before I put it to good use.

Step 1: Materials, Parts, and Tools.

You will need the following:
  • An Olympus Trip, or other vintage camera in need of a new look
  • A stanley knife, Scalpel, Boxcutter, X-acto Knife, or a Sharpened flint rock. 
  • Plenty of new sharp blades on hand.
  • Scotch tape
  • Precision cross head screwdriver
  • Light seal foam (or something similar that will do the job.)
  • Pencil
  • Metal rule (a must for getting a nice cut without ruining the ruler or your fingers)
You may also find use for
  • Scissors
  • A soldering iron
  • Paper to make templates (If you intend on doing this to the same camera over, some templates may be handy)
Any chance you have a digital template lying around you could post for downloading please? If not a photograph of a paper one would be enough for me to start from.
I managed to trash the original leatherette as the glue was way too old, pretty strong stuff.
velojym4 years ago
Very nice. My K1000 needs a new cover too, but probably a bit thinner. Have you considered tapering the edges for a more finished look? I can imagine that thick leather makes the camera a pleasure to hold, though.
 Is "Metal rule" supposed to be metal ruler?
gmjhowe (author)  Flash Gordon5 years ago
 Rule and ruler are interchangeable, specifically more so if there is a word before it 'e.g. Metal Rule'
 Haha okay i was so confused when i read that. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me again.
Ninzerbean5 years ago
 Wow, this make all the difference.
gmjhowe (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
 Thanks! More camera theme instructables to follow.
seonline5 years ago
i love this cam!
kcls5 years ago
Great job!
Very classic looking.
Berkin5 years ago
=SMART=5 years ago
Nice :)
Looks cool !