every camera I own: the olympus pen f

This is the second Olympus Pen F I’ve owned, the first one having literally fallen apart after moderate use. Olympus resurrected the Pen series in name and compact spirit for their EP line of Digital SLRs, but the quasi-retro design of those new cameras, while not unappealing, pale in comparison to the keen contours of their inspiration.

The original Pen F series  were half-frame SLRs that made two photos – in portrait orientation – on one frame of 35mm film.(Pen EE and other models were less expensive, fixed-lens cameras.) More than a dozen lenses were produced in this particular mount, which is not compatible with the standard OM mount (though an adapter was available). The most sought after of these Pen-mount lenses is the 38mm f2.8  “pancake lens”, named not for syrup and blueberries but for its even more compact design. You could buy a lot of short-stacks for what these lenses go for. The only lens I have for this camera is the 40mm f 1.4 pictured – but it’s a sweet fast lens.

The double-capacity of the half-frame camera was used to sell this series as a means to conserve film, but I like it for the possible juxtapositions.

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2 responses to “every camera I own: the olympus pen f

  1. The Pen F was a neat system, designed by the late, great Yoshihisa Maitani (who also designed the OM series, as well as the clamshell XA cameras). Obit: http://asia.cnet.com/crave/olympus-pen-creator-yoshihisa-maitani-76-passes-away-62108249.htm

    Article about the Pen F system:
    http://www.cameraquest.com/olypenf.htm

  2. pat

    Thanks for the info Chris – I have an OM-1 and an XA as well, and didn't realize they were from the same designer.

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