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Old 05-01-2014   #161
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Old 05-01-2014   #162
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Thank you all.

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fantastic! makes me feel bad about not exercising my FT more often.
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Old 05-02-2014   #163
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Thank you, lueej.

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Old 05-04-2014   #164
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Fine work Erik, both technical and aesthetic.

I notice a thin black line around the prints. Did you clearance the negative holder to be able to print out to the edge of the frame?
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Old 05-04-2014   #165
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Did you clearance the negative holder to be able to print out to the edge of the frame?

Thank you, zuiko.
I do not use a negative holder. I just lay the negative on the glass plate of the scanner (emulsion side down) and cover it with a piece of AN-glass.

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Old 05-17-2014   #166
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Bah and humbug.

Got my film back and it looks okay but the Pen F is just not my cup of tea. It simply isn't a natural (?) fit for me. With my Lecia 1 and Minox III I just grab, shoot, and sto. I guess it just feels fiddly to me. But damn, it's a nice camera. Perhaps I'll use it a bit more and see if it becomes a more natural fit, if not I'll simply continue to enjoy Erik's and Sonnar2's and everyone else's photographs.
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Just checked this thread for the first time. Erik, you are absolutely among the best photographers here on RFF. What you get out of these half frames is stunning!
I have an Agfa half frame somewhere and you made me want to dig it up and try shooting it again.
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Old 07-13-2014   #168
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Lovely photos, Erik! Your photos show the Pen F remains a camera capable of producing excellent work.

I've had a couple of them over the years, always intrigued to acquire another but I resist—I have too many cameras already.

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I still enjoy shooting a roll through my Pen-FV once in a while. To me it's an extremely intuitive camera. I even chose it to shoot while flying, not easy as we were doing aerobatics.

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Old 07-13-2014   #170
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What you get out of these half frames is stunning!
I have an Agfa half frame somewhere and you made me want to dig it up and try shooting it again.
Thank you, Huub.

Some links were broken on the first pages of this thread. I repaired them.

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Old 07-13-2014   #171
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Eric, great series with the Pen F's! Today the modern films more than off sets the problem with obtrusive grain etc. Your shots could have ben taken with full frame. I also like the vertical orientation of the images. I suspect that it is a bit of laziness that one doesn't "flip" the M's or Nikon Rf's more often.
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Pen FT bodies seem a bargain these days. But the lenses, yikes. I think I've completed my set with a 25mm f4, not fast but very compact. The guy selling it said the aperture was 'sticky', thus a low price. I took a chance and when the lens arrived I removed the mount and reattached the spring that had come loose. Took all of ten minutes.

I really prefer the original F over the FT or FV. I cannot stand the microprism focusing aids used in later cameras and much like the plain matte screen in the F.
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Old 07-14-2014   #173
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Today the modern films more than off sets the problem with obtrusive grain etc. Your shots could have ben taken with full frame. I also like the vertical orientation of the images. I suspect that it is a bit of laziness that one doesn't "flip" the M's or Nikon Rf's more often.
Thank you, Tom!
I think that half frame photography became possible with the arrival of the great Tmax100 film in combination with the Microdol X developer, that is twenty years after the Pen F series was discontinued!

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Pen FT bodies seem a bargain these days. But the lenses, yikes. I think I've completed my set with a 25mm f4, not fast but very compact. The guy selling it said the aperture was 'sticky', thus a low price. I took a chance and when the lens arrived I removed the mount and reattached the spring that had come loose. Took all of ten minutes.

I really prefer the original F over the FT or FV. I cannot stand the microprism focusing aids used in later cameras and much like the plain matte screen in the F.
The Pen-F lenses are about all I use on my Fuji XE-1, especially the 25/4, which I shot the above with (on film).

I don't know about the original F, but the FV has a much brighter finder than the FT, because there is no meter. I've compared them both in hand, and it's a big difference.
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...I don't know about the original F, but the FV has a much brighter finder than the FT, because there is no meter. I've compared them both in hand, and it's a big difference.
Yeah, if I do get an FT as a backup the first thing I'm going to do remove the top and discard the meter with it's half mirror and replace it with a full first surface mirror. At the same time I'll remove the self timer mech. and lever and stick a plug in the hole. The whole camera becomes much cleaner and the self timer lever don't get caught on stuff.
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Or just get an FV model?
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This is my FV, which had been in scientific use. I assumed the self-timer had been lopped of for that purpose... or is this normal for the FV?

My FV viewfinder isn't as bright as that of one of my FTs... at this point when they're several decades old, I think individual variations in the cameras plays a significant role in condition.

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Old 07-15-2014   #178
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Yeah, if I do get an FT as a backup the first thing I'm going to do remove the top and discard the meter.
I know that most meters of the FT's do not work anymore, but I really liked this metering system. It is aquired taste, though.

I never bothered with the lack of brightness of the finder. I loved the precision of the finder for framing, almost like a Nikon F.

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Old 07-16-2014   #179
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Except in light too dim to hand hold anyway the Pen F plain matte focusing screen is perfect for me. After all, you focus on contrast, not brightness. The self timer removal is just for sleekness. According to Peter Dechert's excellent 'Pen Monograph' the whole mechanism can be removed, bagged, and saved for later reinstallation if so desired.

Now that I have my lens line I think it's time for a backup body.

My Pen F lenses;

20mm f3.5, 25mm f4, 38mm f1.8, 100mm f3.5, 150mm f4, 50~90 f3.5 zoom
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Old 07-16-2014   #180
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looks like the 60/1.5 is conspicuosly absent in your lens lineup, though i guess it is a non standard FOV...
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Old 07-16-2014   #181
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The 60mm f1.5, 70mm f2 and 38mm f2.8 Pancake are all very desirable, and very expensive lenses. If I had gobs of money I'd look for those optics as well as for the 25mm f2.8 and the 250mm f5

But alas, these are way....way past my budget. But nevermind, I'm quite content with my present kit and besides, I don't have Eric's eye or even 10 % of his talent.

You see, I'm more of a tinkerer with cameras, not a real photographer.
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Old 07-16-2014   #182
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One thing I would like to see for the Pen is for some enterprising chap to scan an original pen rear lens cap and then 3D print them. I really don't know if this is economically feasible, they may cost too much per unit to sell. But there is a real need for rear lens caps for Pen F lens.
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The 60mm f1.5, 70mm f2 and 38mm f2.8 Pancake are all very desirable, and very expensive lenses. If I had gobs of money I'd look for those optics as well as for the 25mm f2.8 and the 250mm f5

But alas, these are way....way past my budget. But nevermind, I'm quite content with my present kit and besides, I don't have Eric's eye or even 10 % of his talent.

You see, I'm more of a tinkerer with cameras, not a real photographer.
Most Pen lenses are very good, or at least the ones I have. The 20mm f/3.5 is a honey. I got a 25mm f/2.8 for $59 with leather case... I think so low because I took a chance on a very dirty lens. And came out ok because the plentiful dust was just the powdered glue from the case. Cleaned up beautifully. Rear cap from KEH for $10.

I do have the 70mm f/2 as well, but paid $350 for that one.
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Old 04-18-2015   #184
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Old 04-18-2015   #185
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Erik your photos are most impressive! You are an amazing photographer, I feel inspired and I am stunned by their technical quality too.

Why I am posting here now: If anyone is looking for the 1.5/60, there is one offered for 400 usd here: http://forum.mflenses.com/olympus-g-...ra-t70659.html
This is a very good price for this lens, I bought mine more expensively a few years back in Japan. ( not affiliated with the buyer, though time ago I had sold a 1.4/40 to him and I know that he is a reputable member of mflenses )

I very much like my Pen-F lenses, the 3.5/20, 2.8/25, 4/25, 1.8/38, 1.4/40, 1.5/60 and 3.5/100 ( also have the 50-90 zoom but haven't really used it much yet ). However I have not been using them on film, but on NEX5n and Ricoh GXR M. Yes, on the M mount, I converted my Pen-F lenses to Leica M ( fully and easily reversible ). I have been posting some photos in a few other sections in this forum.
Small like RF lenses and needing a similar short adapter Pen-F Zuikos imo make a perfect match for any APS-C mirrorless camera, the normal and long lenses even do great on FF, I read and see. Most are more economical than RF glass and the Pen-Fs offer closer minimal focus distance to boot.
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My Pen-F 25/4 or 38/1.8 are constantly on my Fuji XE-1, when I want light, sharp, and close focusing.
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A current project involves my FT and XE1 trading off the 25 2.8 and 40 1.4 lenses. They're great on the Fuji, as Garrett notes.

But I misplaced my Pen -2 diopter eyepiece! an awful loss, they're so hard to find.

If anyone knows of an unused -2, -3, or even a -1, I'd love to know (I.e. buy) it.
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I always miss the close focus from my PEN FT when I use my RFs.

Scan-150614-0009 by X. Yang, 於 Flickr


Scan-150614-0012 by X. Yang, 於 Flickr


And the fun of combining two shots.

Scan-150614-0010 by X. Yang, 於 Flickr

Scan-150614-0013 by X. Yang, 於 Flickr


And, heck, the camera is so easy to carry, to anywhere. Even the never-ready case works fine.
Mirror Dance by X. Yang, 於 Flickr

Scan-150309-0043 by X. Yang, 於 Flickr

All are shot with FT+ 38mm f/1.8 lens with various negatives. Home processed (Tetenal C41) and no post-process.
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Old 09-11-2015   #190
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FT, 40 1.4, Ektar
Foundation & superstructure (1 of 1) by Robert Long, on Flickr



Rhodric & Frankie (1 of 1) by Robert Long, on Flickr


Till death us join (1 of 1) by Robert Long, on Flickr
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Erik,
Unbelievable quality from a half frame negative.
You are certainly the finest Black and White photographer and film developer on the RFF forum.
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For those needing rear lens caps for their Pen-F lenses, get one from a modern 4/3 digital camera. They fit near perfectly. And are easily obtainable.
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I find Mr. Kevin most unpleasant to deal with. I've dealt with him because I collect Alpas and he has a lot of Alpa.
I've decided not to deal with him anymore.
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I find Mr. Kevin most unpleasant to deal with. I've dealt with him because I collect Alpas and he has a lot of Alpa. I've decided not to deal with him anymore.
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As long as this thread has resurfaced: has anyone got a spare rewind crank from an FT? Mine works fine, but it lacks the little cylinder that you grip to turn, and so turning is rather a chore.
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has anyone got a spare rewind crank from an FT? Mine works fine, but it lacks the little cylinder that you grip to turn
Nobbysparrow has often parts for the Olympus Pen FT. Maybe you should contact him. He has a camera for parts now, I believe.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_nkw=...ysparrow&rt=nc
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Nobbysparrow has often parts for the Olympus Pen FT. Maybe you should contact him. He has a camera for parts now, I believe.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_nkw=...ysparrow&rt=nc
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I just pulled mine off the shelf and played with it for a while.
What a fine camera! And so technically interesting: porro prism, rotary shutter, small-especially with the pancake lens.
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Hey Erik, nobbysparrow indeed has the part! Thanks again for recommending him...
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Truly delighted with the Pen-FT.
Just shot first roll with it, before the battery adapter arrived.
The adapter I bought is hand made by Frans de Gruijter, I'll use the meter on next roll.
I shot using the great "myLightMeter" app on the phone and by intuition.
Love the experience and the results.


38/1.8 @1.8 1/500 on Ektar. Frontier SP-3000 scanner:

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