I enjoyed looking up facts on the Olympus Pen series, a mix of innovative ideas that triggered the half-frame camera boom of the 1960s and 1970s, as a family of half-frame cameras made by Olympus. Designed by Yoshihisa Maitani as compact, easy to use and affordable consumer cameras, the Pen was the first half-frame camera produced in Japan. It was one of the smallest cameras to use 35mm film in regular 135 cassettes.
Small and compact both by weight and size to other 35mm film cameras then, the Pen featured a simple rear-winding mechanism, an Olympus D.Zuiko lens, already recognized for its image and rendering quality, and an attractive design that also made the camera extremely easy to use.
As an asset to its popularity, the Pen eventually leads to the design and production of the legendary Pen F Series half-frame single-lens system, another Olympus classic. Cumulative sales of the original Pen Series half-frame film cameras exceeded 17 million units.
The revival of the Pen Series Olympus Pen E-P1 First Impression Video by DigitalRev In 2009, Olympus revived the Pen series with the innovative introduction of the Pen E-P1, a Micro Four Thirds system digital camera which sets the trend for a new generation of Olympus Pen cameras.
Olympus Pen (1959)
|Olympus Pen S|
The Olympus Pen S (1960) saw Olympus offering a D.Zuiko 30mm F2.8 lens as an upgrade to the original 30mm F3.5 lens of the original Pen.
Olympus Pen EE (1961)
|Olympus Pen EE|
|Olympus Pen W|
|Olympus Pen EE-3|
The Pen EE-3 has a flashmatic system added. When used with the matching strobe (PS-200), the flashmatic system allowed the user to obtain a corrected aperture value by manually setting the aperture ring to the estimated distance. The lens was a D.Zuiko 28mm F3.5.
Olympus Pen EES (1962)
|Olympus Pen EES|
|Olympus Pen EES-2|
The Pen EES-2 (1968) had a film counter that resets automatically, it could use ASA400 high-speed film, and comes with a hot shoe.
Olympus Pen D (1962)
|Olympus Pen D|
|Olympus Pen D3|
The Pen D2 (1964), had an upgraded selenium cell exposure meter to a CdS system, and Pen D3 (1965) featured a wider-aperture F Zuiko 32mm F1.7 lens.
Olympus Pen EM (1965)
|Olympus Pen EM|
Olympus Pen F (1963)
|Olympus Pen F|
|Olympus Pen FV|
The Olympus Pen FV (1967) does not have the TTL exposure meter and M contact, and a CdS exposure meter coupled to the shutter dial was offered as an option.
Olympus Pen FT (1966)
|Olympus Pen FT|
The Original Olympus Pen Half-Frame Camera
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