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Monday, March 20, 2017

Five Frames With An Olympus Pen FT, In the Garden

Olympus Pen FT, In the Garden 01
Olympus Pen FT, In the Garden 02
Olympus Pen FT, In the Garden 03
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Olympus Pen FT, In the Garden 05
Half Frame Photograpgy - Images with an Olympus Pen FT, the half-frame SLR, catching the essence of the garden.
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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 which 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.

Olympus Pen FT, F.Zuiko Pen 38mm F1.8
Olympus Pen FT, F.Zuiko Auto-S f/1.8 38mm

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.

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.

The Pen-FT (1966) follows the introduction of the Pen F (1963) and 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.

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