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Monday, January 27, 2020

Half-Frame Photography, When It All Started

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Olympus Pen EE.S

#HalfFramePhotography - Five half-frame images with an Olympus Pen EE-S, a look back to when it all started.

I was rummaging through the image archive and came across a batch of images, taken with the Olympus Pen EE that has been overlooked as part of my earlier blog posts. The images were at the beginning of my return to analog photography and my renewed interest in vintage cameras.

Olympus Pen EE-S

The Olympus Pen EE-S (1962), was the second iteration of the Olympus Pen EE (1959) series which was to become the world's first 35mm half-frame camera produced for the mass market. The two cameras were later updated to the Pen EE (EL) and Pen EE-S (EL), which came with take-up spools that have been redesigned for easier film loading.

While the original Pen EE comes with a fixed-focus Zuiko 28mm F3.5 lens the latter, as mentioned, comes with the wider and brighter Zuiko 30mm F2.8.

Olympus Pen EE-S

While I have since moved on to other camera make and models, including film autofocus compacts and film SLRs with interchangeable lenses, and often enough to image tests with vintage manual focus lenses mounted on the digital MFT (Micro Four Thirds). It is a refreshing thought to be able to look back and reminisce the nostalgic vintage images that these cameras are capable of.

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