Olympus Pen EE-2

This is a basic half-frame camera from Olympus’ famed Pen family that I’ve had lying around for a while. I put film in it months ago, but I found it’s hard to burn through 48 frames in a specialized camera like this, especially with its limited range.

This little beast is about as simple as it gets. It’s a viewfinder camera, auto exposure set with a selenium cell set around the lens, a pretty common set up for the time. The lens is a Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 with fixed focus. That means all you have to do is point the camera, frame the picture and press the shutter. If there’s insufficient light, a little red disc pops up in the viewfinder and the shutter won’t fire — nearly fool-proof.

That said, I started trying to shoot a roll of diptych sets — two photographs in the same frame that are linked in some way. Turned out to be harder than I expected. Also, the photo processing lab I use framed each shot separately so that was the end of that idea. I’ll just have to work something out in the computer.

The camera is well designed — small, very ergonomic with the controls where you’d expect them to be — and I really like the looks of it. The glass isn’t great, and the slow lens does limit the camera’s usefulness somewhat. You’re pretty much limited to broad daylight.and the Did managed to squeeze out a couple of shots I liked.

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2 Responses to “Olympus Pen EE-2”

  1. Thanks. I wasn’t particularly happy with how these turned out. The lens wasn’t as sharp as I would expect from Olympus and I never figured out the how to use the half-frame format. I’ll definitely have to give it another go sometime.

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