The Trip 35 is a great introduction into film photography because it is really easy to use. I takes no batteries. It has a selenium light sensor. That is really the only thing that can break on this camera. Everything is all mechanical so there pretty much last forever. It is a zone focusing system camera. It is a fixed focal length, so no zoom at all. It has a pretty big aperture. It will sent the aperture for you automatically for you as long as the selenium sensor works. It had a great lens. Despite only having a zone focusing system the photos are really sharp. I hope you get a chance at least once to use this camera.