Old Olympus Pen
Round about 1970, could be a bit later, I bought an Olympus Pen from Jessops, purely at random. I went hitch hiking around Europe and this was the most expensive item I possessed.
I wound the first film on according to the instructions and later had three perfect pictures of my feet.
I am unable to find this camera on the internet and wonder if anyone can identify which camera it was. Unfortunately, I have no idea what happened to this wonderful camera.
I think it was the big brother of the Olympus Trip because it has Manual Controls of Aperture and Speed as well as Automatic control of Aperture and Speed in the Auto setting. It had a big lens surrounded by the round glass beads. There was no ugly sign on the front either.
Can anyone remember this camera?
Memories are precious. Knock yourself out, which one was it?
Back in the 1960's when these camera's were new I opted for the Canon QL-17 rangefinder based on my salesman's recommendation. No regrets, but the half-frame Olympus Pen may have better suited my budget at the time.
Have a look here, perhaps you can find something?
I looked at these pictures already and couldn't find my camera.
It had manual S, A and fully auto. Oh well, it was a long time ago. Can't even remember what I did with it.
Thanks for the help. I think the EES-2 was about the nearest to it.
As I recall, the setting were done on the lens. There was one ring for adjusting A and another one for S so the S and A could be set independently.
On each ring, there was a red A (for auto and semi auto).
That meant that if the S ring was set on the red A, the Ap could be manually set and the S would adjust to the correct exposure automatically.
If the A ring was set to the red A, the S could be manually set and the A would automatically adjust to the correct exposure.
If both rings were set on the red A, then the camera would find the best of both settings depending on the amount of light available e.g.
60th sec f2.8
125th sec f5
250th sec f8
I'm guessing these setting but you get the idea.
For the time it was a great low cost camera that was very easy to use. I loved it.
Thanks. Lucky you kept yours. Mine was black and silver. That's why I love all this new retro stuff.
I also loved the Olympus SLR which probably was the smallest ever when Chris Bonnington took it to the top of Everest. (out of my price range though). Hence I like small. So happy with the GM1. Not Olympus but all my Olympus M4/3 lenses fit so it's part of the family, so to speak.
You might find your Pen camera here :
Here's another DPR thread....
Mine was the Pen FT with Standard, Wide and Telephoto lenses, with 2x converter. Great fun.
I'm surprised there are still so many around, as shown here on ebay.
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