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Old 01-12-2013   #121
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Oh great.. so i also got a mercury cell, but the lightmeter sill doesnt seem correct. Its way too sensitive, its impossible to take photos outside when the sun is shining. Has anyone had similar problems?
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Old 01-12-2013   #122
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Oh great.. so i also got a mercury cell, but the lightmeter sill doesnt seem correct. Its way too sensitive, its impossible to take photos outside when the sun is shining. Has anyone had similar problems?
It's not impossible.
You just have to use a handheld meter or Sunny-16

That's how I always use my Pen FT.
Hoping that a 60 yeas old meter still functioning to specification, is to me, a low expectation.
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Old 01-26-2013   #123
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Today I sold my Pen FT with 4 lenses, and my Pen D. It was the first time I've sold any of my camera gear. I've given some stuff away in the past, but it has been mainly acquire, acquire, acquire for the past 10 to 12 years.

While the Olympus Pen is a fun system, I have a collection of more cameras than I can use. I felt it was time let someone else enjoy the gear.

It feels strange, selling part of my collection. Not sure if it feels good or bad.
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I agree. It does feel weird. I have realized that, in time, some gear has to go. I recently sold a black Nikkormat FT2, but kept the FT3, as all my Nikkor lenses are compatible with it. Similarly, some time back I sold two FTs, including a black one, with 38/1.8s. But I kept my favorite, an original Pen F, with case, lenses and accessories. While the black FT may be more collectible, I favor the original Pen F. I don't miss the gear, nor do I feel I shall regret selling it.
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Old 03-29-2013   #125
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Old 03-29-2013   #126
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Old 04-19-2013   #127
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Old 04-22-2013   #128
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Old 05-19-2013   #129
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Old 05-26-2013   #130
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Old 05-26-2013   #131
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It really is amazing how sharp the lenses render in half frame. Nice shots above.

As to selling - the lenses are just too well suited to small sensor adaptor usage. Why buy again?
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olympus pen f

I have a pen f which I bought 2nd hand in 1971 for £45. It came with the clip on lightmeter and a flashgun holder which slots into the eyepiece and an original leather case. I made an adaptor to take standard full frame lenses that use the PK bayonet so it takes all my pentax lenses.
The only camera I have had that beats its sharpness with the zuiko lens was a Leica M2 with the 3.5 elmar.
If anyone can tell me how to upload photos I will do so.
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Old 06-12-2013   #135
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I have a pen f which I bought 2nd hand in 1971 for £45. It came with the clip on lightmeter and a flashgun holder which slots into the eyepiece and an original leather case. I made an adaptor to take standard full frame lenses that use the PK bayonet so it takes all my pentax lenses.
The only camera I have had that beats its sharpness with the zuiko lens was a Leica M2 with the 3.5 elmar.
If anyone can tell me how to upload photos I will do so.
you can use flickr to upload and then paste the links here, or you can go on to photobucket and upload pictures there to link them here as well.

You made an adapter for a PK to olympus PEN F mount? sounds cool! I have a OM to PEN F adapter, but never use it much. I prefer the form factor of the pen f lens.
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here's a pic of my recent black FT. meter is too sensitive and will read a ISO of around 800 when it's at the 25 setting.
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Oh, but it looks good.
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Old 06-29-2013   #139
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Oh, but it looks good.
agreed.....i might send it in to Kanto camera repair...but they quoted me 300$ for a overhaul/CLA.....might try john hermanson instead.

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Got one of these on the way too
and when it comes in, bombard us with pictures! need to see more of these black beauties!
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Old 01-05-2014   #140
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I'm really feeling this half-frame wonder. I'm thinking that this might just be my 2014 main street lurker.

Composing in portrait comes more 'natural' to me. I need to practice my sunny 16, so why waste a whole frame if it's not gonna be spot on. A TTL meter for reference and sanity checks.

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I'm really feeling this half-frame wonder. I'm thinking that this might just be my 2014 main street lurker.

Composing in portrait comes more 'natural' to me. I need to practice my sunny 16, so why waste a whole frame if it's not gonna be spot on. A TTL meter for reference and sanity checks.

Super!

edit: Erik van Straten, I dig your work
the pen f is a great street shooter especially in the crowded streets of hong kong with the zuiko 25mm f4 lens. street shots in portrait orientation offers a unique perspective.
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Old 04-25-2014   #142
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Old 04-25-2014   #143
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Because of Sonnar2's post I Picked up a Pen FT from Hollywood Camera (if you're ever in Portland Oregon that is a must see shop.) along with several lenses. That I'm happy with the camera is a given, after all, what's to not like? I was surprised though that the meter is functioning accurately. I tested it with all three lenses (38/1.8, 20/3.5 and 100/3.5) against both my Luna-Pro and Spotmeter V and it was always within 1/3 stop.

The only problem I foresee is being able to take pictures that do justice to the lenses.
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Congrats on the new gear, Rich! I have no experience with the 100, but the 1.8/38 seems to be the best of the normal lenses, and that 20mm is simply amazingly good. Have fun...
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Old 04-26-2014   #145
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Old 04-26-2014   #146
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Old 04-27-2014   #148
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This will be the second time around for me. Had an F back in the 60's and have played with the idea of buying another one since the day I had to sell it. The initial post plus Erik's's pictures are what decided me to go for it now. (That and the camera and lenses sitting in the display case looking so forlorn.)

I'll be heading to the park again today to give the equipment another workout.
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Old 04-27-2014   #149
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Happy shooting, Rich!

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Wow, Eric, it's really amazing those are half frame! I wouldn't have guessed!
Great camera, great lens, great film, great exposure, geat development and great printing, seriously... Thanks for posting!
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I just checked the whole thread for the first time... Eric: you're a great photographer indeed!
Everybody should see this thread... This is unbelievable!
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Erik,
I agree with Juan, simply superb images. I had a Pen FT many many years ago, but more recently have toyed with the idea of another. These shots give me more reason to further this thought.

One other question, I have to ask. Your workflow, are your attached images scanned from the negs, or the prints?

Oh, and do you shoot with your avatar? I have one identical, a 5 digit model, recently refurbished, new shutter curtains etc, and have tried a quick old roll of colour neg, but nothing else. Non-coated lens tends to flare slightly, but on a flattish subject it is fine.
Nostalgic shooting at it's best.
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Thank you, Gary,

The images you see here are scanned from the negatives. I used to make scans from my prints, but the scanner I have now, Epson V600, delivers better results when scanning the negatives (thanks to the built in densitometer).

The camera you see in my avatar is not mine. It is a very rare model IA with a purple calf skin covering. I have however a Leica IA that I use quite often. Recently I´ve cleaned the front element of the lens at both sides (I had to open the lens) and now it performs first class. In the Leica screwmount threads you can see some results.

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Thanks Erik.
Wow, the negs scanned, your answer piqued my curiosity, and I did a quick search. Hmmm, "cost effective" too. Might have to investigate this.
While I don't use it often, I might be inclined to rethink this and get the 1A out with B&W.
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Erik's use of camera is superb.
Half frame is not that small a format.
I love the vertical format..
(maybe 'cause of all the covers and magazine layouts..)
A word of caution.
The Olympus F and Ft were problem bodies for me.
I am glad to see others still working.
The lenses were really nice.
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