Monday, April 3, 2017

In the Garden With The Olympus Pen FT

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Olympus Pen FT, F.Zuiko Auto-S f/1.8 38mm

In The Garden

Olympus Pen FT
'Analog diary, trying out the half-frame film SLR Olympus Pen FT with images from around the garden'

My first In The Garden session with the Olympus Pen-FT, fitted with an Olympus F.Zuiko 1:1.8 38mm lens. The camera works OK, except for the exposure meter that was about 7-stops out of whack. Exposure to the first roll of shots was then by trial and error, based on the best of my Sunny-16 knowledge.

The Olympus Pen-F system (Pen-F, Pen-FT, Pen-FV series), introduced by Olympus in 1963, was the only half-frame SLR and the smallest full system SLR ever produced. It was in a class of its own, a unique system with a smooth, sleek, minimalist design.

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The Pen-F does not have the characteristic SLR bump to house the pentaprism as it uses a system of mirrors including a primary that moved vertically out of the light path when the shutter was released.

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The Pen-FT (1966) follows the introduction of the Pen F (1963), comes with a single stroke film advance, a built-in self-timer, and open aperture TTL (through the lens) exposure metering, among others. The TTL metering uses a semi-silvered mirror that split a portion of the incoming light to the metering cell, this result is a viewfinder that was dimmer than that of the original Pen F.


Resource Links:
Oly35mm Review - Olympus Pen FT
Olympus Pen FT Review | My Life in Half-Frame | Erik Gould

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