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Half Frames / Subminiatures This forum is for all half frame 35mm cameras, including the very popular Olympus Pens and their SLR cousins, the Pen F and Pen FT, as well as all smaller than half frame subminiature film cameras.

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Old 02-17-2020   #1
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Leica H

Would had loved to have on of these just for fun if they were mass-produced:

https://www.thephoblographer.com/201...ever-got-made/


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Old 02-18-2020   #2
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Better than the other Leica H: https://rangefinderforum.com/forums/...hreadid=169266

And: http://leica-users.org/v07/msg10571.html

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Old 02-18-2020   #3
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There are so many ways that camera looks unappealing.
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I love it.... ❤️
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Old 02-18-2020   #5
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There are so many ways that camera looks unappealing.
Yes.

As soon as I saw that camera, I immediately thought of this:

https://kodak.3106.net/index.php?p=208&cam=1273

I used to have one. Maybe I'll find it in my storage unit.
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Ooooh, if I'd had one of those I never would have wasted my time rebuilding a Mercury II.


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Old 02-18-2020   #7
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Imagine the possibilities for special editions!
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Old 02-18-2020   #8
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Face it folks, Olympus did half frame 35mm much better than Leica. Maitani’s Pen F was brilliant and the lens system grew to about 15 focal lengths from 20mm to 800mm (although I doubt they made more than 20-30 of the 800mm mirror lens.
I have a modest collection of Pen mount Zuikos and a couple of bodies. Since I also use the lenses on micro 4:3 they do double duty.
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I've never read a review of the Leica 72 but then I find 36 exposures way too many!
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Face it folks, Olympus did half frame 35mm much better than Leica.
Did Leica really ever DO half frame other than some special purpose cameras? I should hope Olympus, who went all in, could do better...
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Yes, the Leica 72 was available from '50-'63. Rare, less than 500.
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Yes, the Leica 72 was available from '50-'63. Rare, less than 500.
That is the special edition I’m referring to... since it was designed for filmstrip and archival work
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Yes.

As soon as I saw that camera, I immediately thought of this:
https://kodak.3106.net/index.php?p=208&cam=1273
I used to have one. Maybe I'll find it in my storage unit.
I remember those when they were being sold new! Yikes!

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Interesting camera. Leica probably could have sold a ton of these, 1965 would have been the perfect time to enter the market. A missed opportunity.
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That is the special edition I’m referring to... since it was designed for filmstrip and archival work
Ah yes, that is what Laney says in his book. I would have thought that a small format rangefinder camera would be the wrong way to approach such tasks. A Leica I on a fixed stand maybe, but a rangefinder?
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I've never read a review of the Leica 72 but then I find 36 exposures way too many!
I used to think 24 exposures were a lot and 36... well, insane. The 8 shots on my GW690III seemed just right.

But I wanted an Olympus Pen FT because they are so cool. I thought I'd never finish my 24 (x2) exposure roll, especially in native portrait orientation, but I loaded it anyway and went out for a 10 minute walk. Well... over an hour later I came back with the roll finished, loaded another roll, went out, shot the whole roll. It was so much fun using that camera and the portrait orientation suddenly seemed natural and liberating. I don't think I've ever gone through two rolls that quickly and enjoyably. As for the photos (lab prints) - spectacular.
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