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Frontman 11-29-2013 02:10

Let's see your Olympus Pen
 
It seems there is no "Let us see" thread for the mighty Pen, which was quite popular, and began another chapter in film photography.

I have owned many of these little buggers, and was especially fond of the half-frame SLR cameras, like the F and FT. But there is something special about the design of the early Pen. It was very much a product of the 1950's, but with the Pen, form seems to follow function very well.

My favorite of the series is the Pen W. Olympus was good enough to build black-paint versions of many of their cameras, and the Pen W of 1964 received this treatment. I like the slightly wider 25mm lens, which also has an extra element over the 28mm D Zuiko found in the standard Pen and the Pen S.

The only weakness of the Pen W seems to be it's rather fragile paint, which wears quite easily.

I love shooting with the Pen, and usually keep one in my pocket at all times.


zuiko85 11-29-2013 03:57

You've got Pen W's !? I am pea green with envy.:D

Seriously, I have several of the viewfinder Pens and will try to get my son over here to show me how to post pictures on this machine. Since 1972, when I bought a Pen used, the early one with one lug, I've never been without one. It was my introduction to Olympus cameras. I've never cared for the EE models, although some folks take fine photographs with them. Just cannot wrap my head around not having full manual control of shutter speed and aperture and focus.

OlympusRF 12-11-2013 13:04

some of my half-frame PEN Collection
 
Well, I will put some photos of my PEN Collection, if interested see the others in my Flickr page. I hope you'll enjoy.


Olympus PEN D half-frame camera + original flash & hood DSCF7535 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus PEN D half-frame camera + original hood & cap & UV filter & Pen flash DSCF7560 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus Pen Half-frame cameras DSCF3311 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus PEN EE3 half-frame camera boxed-7499 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus PEN W half-frame camera E Zuiko-W 25mm f2.8 DSCF6294 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus Pen black half-frame cameras - PEN FT & EF & W-6336 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus PEN FT black half-frame SLR camera + original PEN Flash -7083 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus PEN FT black half-frame SLR camera-7061 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus PEN FT black half-frame SLR camera + original PEN Flash -7089 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr



Olympus PEN EF PEN FT PEN W black half-frame cameras-5361-2 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus PEN EE half frame camera boxed-6368 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/olympusrf/7186963082/" title="Olympus PEN EES-2 half-frame camera boxed-7408 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5280/7186963082_1046bc4670_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Olympus PEN EES-2 half-frame camera boxed-7408"></a>


Olympus PEN EE3 half-frame camera boxed-7506 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr



Olympus PEN EE half frame camera boxed-6379 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus PEN D with original ERC case &amp; hood SAM_0412 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr


Olympus PEN D half-frame camera + original cap, UV filter &amp; hood DSCF7547 por THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, no Flickr

Rodchenko 12-12-2013 07:34

I've got just the one Pen Original. It's really cool. Sadly, the framelines are slipping away. I must dig out a photo of it.

I must say, though, that I am deeply envious of Frontman's collection. The W is my ideal Pen, followed by the D3, but my chances of buying a usable example of either of those is a bit slim.

mkvrnn 12-30-2013 04:43

Pen FT Scientific
 
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This is my Pen FT Scientific model which came with this strange looking adaptor for a microscope or an endoscope.

It is almost identical to the FT but without the delayed action mechanism, and it has a circular mask with crosshairs in the viewfinder.

The strange thing about my example is that it has a normal ground glass focussing screen, so with a conventional lens fitted it can be used to take photos in the normal way. Has anybody else come across one like this?

I did consider having the mask removed but it looks like a complicated business, and it's not too much of a handicap anyway. Besides which, the FT Scientific seems to be the rarest camera in the range so it would be a shame to modify it.

ampguy 01-08-2014 10:23


biomed 01-08-2014 11:47

Here are some photos of a medical model and two lenses I ran across when I worked in a hospital. They had been used in an endoscopy clinic and hadn't been used for many years when I acquired the lot. I sold them some months back. I hope the new owner is getting some use out of the lenses at least.



ampguy 01-08-2014 14:04

What's the difference between the plain and the goth logo medical models? They might be desired by street photographers who use external vfs or just snap. The lens, if clean, or cleanable, are desired by m43 and other mirrorless users.

kaiwasoyokaze 01-08-2014 15:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by ampguy (Post 2283108)
What's the difference between the plain and the goth logo medical models? They might be desired by street photographers who use external vfs or just snap. The lens, if clean, or cleanable, are desired by m43 and other mirrorless users.

the plastic eyepiece surround where you clip on the coldshoe attachment is a weak point of the camera and most 2nd hand pen's have chipped or broken off surrounds on them.

also the coldshoe attachment is hard to find by itself sometimes.

otherwise i totally agree that the medical model could be used for this purpose for snap shooting.

biomed 01-08-2014 20:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by ampguy (Post 2283108)
What's the difference between the plain and the goth logo medical models? They might be desired by street photographers who use external vfs or just snap. The lens, if clean, or cleanable, are desired by m43 and other mirrorless users.

The medical model has a mask that only exposes a circular image on the film. These were used with endoscopes, microscopes, etc. The focusing screen was clear flat finish which made it very difficult to focus. I checked about getting the body converted for general photographic use. I was told by several sources that it is possible to convert the body, but it would be cheaper to find another body. I had no use for the lenses. I have very similar lenses that I use with my u4/3 cameras.

Mike

mkvrnn 01-09-2014 08:06

"The medical model has a mask that only exposes a circular image on the film"

- Sorry Mike but that's incorrect. The viewfinder has a circular mask but the film frame is the normal 18 x 24 mm rectangle so it will take normal photos. The difficulty is that this model is generally fitted with an aerial viewfinder without a ground glass screen for focussing the image.

However, as I mentioned earlier, my FT Scientific has the circular mask but also a ground glass screen so it can be focussed normally. I thought this was possibly unique, but there's an F Scientific currently listed on fleabay which claims to also have a focussing screen.

More details can be found in Peter Dechert's excellent publication on the Pen F range.

twopointeight 01-09-2014 15:18

Any recommendations for good a repairman for Olympus half-frames in the U.S?

kaiwasoyokaze 01-12-2014 22:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by twopointeight (Post 2283759)
Any recommendations for good a repairman for Olympus half-frames in the U.S?

John Hermanson still does repairs on the Olympus Pen F models and is highly recommended and regarded here on the boards.

however last time it took 6+ months before I got my OM1 back, he's been pretty busy at that time I guess.

zuiko85 01-12-2014 23:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaiwasoyokaze (Post 2285476)
John Hermanson still does repairs on the Olympus Pen F models and is highly recommended and regarded here on the boards.

however last time it took 6+ months before I got my OM1 back, he's been pretty busy at that time I guess.

John will now only work on the Pen F. He has discontinued working on the other leaf shutter, fixed lens Pens. He has stopped working on all the classic fixed lens Olympus RF cameras too. Now he just does the OM models.

Dana B. 01-19-2014 07:29

Alex, Great looking Pen F, same as mine but with the clunky accessory meter attached. And great to know about Bill at Steve's, thanks.

ampguy 01-19-2014 11:02


Montag006 02-08-2014 13:59

I could resist no longer and this week an Olympus Pen D arrived on friday.

Unfortunately it came without a lens cap.

Could any of you "Pen Pals" out there let me know the filter size and hopefully
a lens cap source?

Thank you all very much...
First for introducing me to such an incredible little camera
Second in advance

OlympusRF 04-06-2014 00:35

Olympus Pen D filter size
 
It´s 43mm.
Regards,
Denny

02Pilot 04-06-2014 03:55


Montag006 04-06-2014 06:14

Denny,

thanks for letting me know the Pen D filter size.

David

zuiko85 04-07-2014 19:55

David, I order my front caps, 43mm size, from an ebay supplier (there are several). They were cheap but serviceable and arrived in about 10 days from China. I ordered a quanity of 5, used 4 right away and have one as a spare.

kaiwasoyokaze 04-09-2014 17:00


Montag006 04-09-2014 20:20

Thanks for lens cap info!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by zuiko85 (Post 2328523)
David, I order my front caps, 43mm size, from an ebay supplier (there are several). They were cheap but serviceable and arrived in about 10 days from China. I ordered a quanity of 5, used 4 right away and have one as a spare.

Zuiko85, thanks for the information on Pen lens caps and your strategy for getting them. I like the idea of having a spare or two. And when out on a photo journey cheap caps are a good idea.

Thanks again,

David

vindicarblack 11-22-2014 07:56

Just got this one at Good will for $7.99
 





i just shot a roll of 200 color through it when i get the prints back next week ill post them in a thread (I also got a NIce Pen D for $5)

OlympusRF 11-22-2014 13:44


OLYMPUS PEN D3 Half-frame camera _DSCF3340 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


OLYMPUS PEN D3 Half-frame camera _DSCF3350 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


OLYMPUS PEN D3 Half-frame camera _DSCF3343 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus PEN EM Half-frame camera DSCF3295.jpg by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus Pen EES EL Half-frame camera DSCF4290 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus Pen EES EL Half-frame camera DSCF4281 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus Pen EES EL Half-frame camera DSCF4301 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


OLYMPUS PEN EED Half-frame camera _381838055_o by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus PEN EES-2 half-frame camera boxed-7392 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus PEN EES-2 half-frame camera boxed-7408 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus PEN EES-2 half-frame camera boxed-7405 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus PEN EES-2 half-frame camera boxed-7426 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus PEN EE2 half-frame _DSCF3286 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus PEN EE2 half-frame _DSCF3292 by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr


Olympus PEN EF Half-frame camera DSCF3318.jpg by THE OLYMPUS CAMERAS COLLECTOR, on Flickr

VictorM. 11-22-2014 17:08

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I'm sure I've posted a version of this old picture in the past (I still own it):

Rodchenko 11-25-2014 01:42

vindicarblack, that is the bargain of the century!

And OlympusRF, that's a nice collection.

kuuan 11-25-2014 04:21

this thread shows the most beautiful collection of gear shots I have seen anywhere! thank you very much for this!

a bit shy to add mine, taken a while ago on, once Pen-F with 1.4/40 taken with Pen-F Zuiko 3.5/20 on NEX5n:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuan/7227953468/in/set-72157629169509669


and after exchanging the lenses, the Pen-F with the Zuiko 3.5/20, taken with the 1.4/40 on NEX5n:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuuan/7227954728/in/set-72157629169509669

WJJ3 07-22-2015 16:31

P1010878e by WilliamJosephJefferson, on Flickr

jojonas 06-02-2016 12:17

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My Pen EE-S


the reporter
by jonas lundström, on Flickr

since then it broke and I got a fine Pen EES-2 and now a not quite functioning Pen S

julio1fer 06-05-2016 08:38



A repaired, well-used D3. What a lens.

sakayume 06-08-2016 03:33

Here's mine:

I've wanted an interchangeable lens Pen since I first got the E-P2, back when that was first released, and I finally found this one earlier this year. :) It's my favourite camera currently. Though it's a little odd as one stroke of the film advance lever isn't enough to cock the shutter most of the time. I usually have to pull the lever out a little bit again.

squirrel$$$bandit 06-08-2016 03:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by sakayume (Post 2620930)
I've wanted an interchangeable lens Pen since I first got the E-P2, back when that was first released, and I finally found this one earlier this year. :) It's my favourite camera currently. Though it's a little odd as one stroke of the film advance lever isn't enough to cock the shutter most of the time. I usually have to pull the lever out a little bit again.

The F was double stroke, right?

Crazy Fedya 06-08-2016 06:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by sakayume (Post 2620930)
Here's mine:

I've wanted an interchangeable lens Pen since I first got the E-P2, back when that was first released, and I finally found this one earlier this year. :) It's my favourite camera currently. Though it's a little odd as one stroke of the film advance lever isn't enough to cock the shutter most of the time. I usually have to pull the lever out a little bit again.

I have the same with my panda F. I have this image posted in another thread, but I gladly repost.


sakayume 06-08-2016 15:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by mabelsound (Post 2620942)
The F was double stroke, right?

I think it's only the original Pen F that's double stroke. The later FT and FV (which is what mine is) should be single stroke. I guess I shouldn't be surprised if it needs some adjustment after sitting unused for decades. :(

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy Fedya (Post 2620985)
I have the same with my panda F. I have this image posted in another thread, but I gladly repost.


I'm a bit relieved to read that mine isn't an isolated incident. :) Which lens do you have on your FT here? That looks like it could be the Leica adapter?

Crazy Fedya 06-08-2016 16:02

Thats a 58/1.9 Primoplan in M42 mount with an Olympus M42-Pen adapter P.

sakayume 06-08-2016 18:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crazy Fedya (Post 2621187)
Thats a 58/1.9 Primoplan in M42 mount with an Olympus M42-Pen adapter P.

Thanks :) I forgot there was an M42 adapter… maybe because it's the Leica adapter I want to buy. :P

petronius 09-06-2016 04:15







A well used Pen. The strap lug is missing (looks as if it was filed off), many dents and a former owner used it as a canvas. The shutter sound is amazing and all controls snap into place firmly.

MikeMGB 09-06-2016 04:58

Here's my two, I'm using the S, the aperture blades on the EES-2 are stuck, probably as a result of being dropped.


FalseDigital 11-24-2016 07:41

Been really enjoying shooting with this setup!



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