Half Format 18x24 cameras (4)
Half Format CAMERAS 135, from 1914 to ours days

made in Japan (2)
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Produced by Model description Year, Lense Picture
Olympus Pen-18 (Prototype) The Olympus 18 was the first prototype for the Olympus Pen. The name was derived from its 18x24mm format. Though some details, notably the markings around the lens and the top cover design, differentiate the Olympus 18 from mass-produced models, the basic style had already been perfected. 1959, 381g, (5 speed)
Olympus Pen The first Pen, while completely designed by Mr. Maitani, was not produced by Olympus. For eight months this camera was made by a sub-contractor by Sanko Shoji company. Olympus took over production in June1960 and introduced the Pen S 2.8 and the Pen range went from strength to strength. There are three types of Pen originals, or 'one lug Pens' all quite rare. The first model (1960-1964) was nearly identical in appearance to the original Pen but it had a slightly longer 30mm (f2.8 - 22), focusing lens -- 2 feet to infinity. The earliest models, both those produced by the contractor and by Olympus, differ from the later, more common, production models in having only a single lug for attaching a strap. 1959, 381g, (5 speed)
Olympus Pen S The PEN S, which was the first PEN made by Olympus, the PEN S was similar to the Olympus PEN but was supplied with a Zuiko 1:2,8 f 30 mm , focusing lens with three focus-indents for near, far, and intermediate distances, and the Copal-X shutter offered B, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125 und 250 speeds. Another version (1965-1967) had a 30mm (f3.5 - 22) fixed-focus lens, has a PC connection and a cold flash shoe. No meter. 1960, 381g, (7 speed)
Olympus PEN S 2.8 This PEN S used a Zuiko 30mm/F2.8. 1960, 381g, (7 speed) No meter. Shutter speeds of B, 1/8 - 1/250.
Olympus Pen W Since this model sold for only two years, it is one of the more unusual models. It is basically the same as the Pen S, but had a slightly wider-angle, six-element, semi wide angle Zuiko 25mm (f2.8 - 22) manually-focusing lens. Focus was from 2 feet to infinity with click stops at 7 and 15 feet. Built-in tripod socket and cable release socket. On the front it says Pen W and it was only available in a black body. It also had a PC connection and a cold flash shoe. No meter. Shutter speeds of B, 1/8 - 1/250. 1964, 370g
Olympus PEN S 3,5 The PEN S, which was the first PEN made by Olympus, used a Zuiko 30mm/F2.8. 1965, 381g, (7 speed)
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Olympus Pen EE The PEN EE ("Electric Eye") Series featured a built-in meter and automatic exposure (AE). The first model, the EE, used a simplified AE: there was only one shutter speed (1/60) and the aperture was selected by the camera. This is the first in a line of EE models that remained in production until 1986, making it the world's longest living production camera. Fitted with a hyperfocal lens and an EE exposure system it is almost fool-proof. The first model is quite rare, has grained leatherette covers and a single speed shutter. Compared to the models before, completely newly constructed. The PEN EE was now with a selen light meter and the meter cell around the lens. The former models needed manual exposure setting but the PEN EE had an automatic setting. The PEN EE was a real snap shot camera. Due to the fair sales price, this small camera was very popular and sold in high numbers. The cameras from 1961 were marked on front with Olympus, the cameras built since 1962 with Olympus PEN. 1961, 361g
Olympus Pen EES The camera was marked on top with PEN - EE and the serial-number, at the front, near the view finder window with a red S, The base plate was still one piece with the back and could be removed easily for changing films. The PEN EE S was sold until 1968.Lens design was also changed on the various models. The original EE used a 28mm/F3.5, the EE-S had an 30mm/F2.8, the EM had a 35mm/F2 and the EE-D featured a fast 32mm/F1.7 lens next to Program Exposure. 1962
Olympus Pen EM The EM was a motorized model produced only for 14 months. First models of EM made without a hot shoe. 1965, 570g
Olympus Pen EED Rapid Same as the first EED, but designed for regular 35mm cassettes. 1965, 351g
Olympus Pen EES Rapid It's the Pen EES, but designed for Agfa Rapid cassettes. Along with the Pen EED Rapid this is a very rare camera. About 4000 were made and imported into Europe where the Agfa Rapid cassette system was mildly popular. These cameras were never sold in Japan as the Rapid system was considered to be a threat to the half-frame. 1965, 351g
Olympus Pen EE EL Same as Pen EE, but with Olympus "easy-load" film system. 1966, 361g
Olympus Pen EES EL Same as Pen EES, but with Olympus "easy-load" film system. 1966, 361g
Olympus Pen EED Same as the first EED, but designed for regular 35mm cassettes. 1967, 413g
Olympus Pen EES 2 Same as Pen EES, but hot shoe added. ISO speeds from 25 - 400. Four settings on the focusing ring. Only accepts 43.5mm filters. Available in black or grey leatherette. 1968, 370g
Olympus Pen EE2 It looked the same as the original EE, but there were a couple of changes. First, the speeds were changed. The shutter now operated at either 1/40 or 1/200. For normal use (the film speed is selected), the selenium meter sets the f-stop and the shutter speed is fixed at 1/200. The slow shutter speed setting occurs when the film speed/aperture dial is set to an aperture setting. The camera can be used in low-light situations by setting the dial to the aperture settings -- with or without a flash. In addition, the film speed range was changed to 25 - 400 and a hot shoe was built-in. Last, but not least, only 43.5mm filters can be used. Models were available in black leatherette, grey leatherette, and a gold commemorative model was apparently made. 1968, 337g
Olympus Pen EE3 Identical in all features to the EE-2, except in minor details. For example, the camera is stamped EE-3. Only available in black leatherette. The last Pen to roll of the line was a Pen EE-3. 1973, 310g
Olympus Pen EF Commonly thought to be the last production Pen, the EF was outlived by the EE3 by some three years. While the design brings the camera into the eighties with some style all the essential Pen features are retained. Not easy to find today. Perhaps the last Japanese camera to use a selenium meter, it had a 28mm (f3.5) fixed-focus lens surrounded by the selenium meter. The Olympus EF had a built-in flash. Programmed automatic exposure control. Shutter speeds of 1/30-1/250. The meter selected the correct aperture and f-stop from f3.5 (at 1/30) to f22 (at 1/250). Film speeds of 25 - 400. Filter thread of 43.5mm. 1981, 303g
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Olympus Pen D The PEN D Series featured a built-in meter (selenium on the PEN D, CDS on the D-2 and D-3) but no AE. Instead they offered a full range of manually selectable shutter speeds (B, 1/8~1/500) and a fast 32mm/F1.9 lens (F1.7 on the D-3). The capable, but simple, Pen and Pen S cameras were so popular that Olympus decided to come out with an upgraded version in 1962. The Pen D is basically a more advanced model of the Pen/Pen S. It managed to keep the same tiny body size as the original Pen, but it added a meter (built into the body), a much faster, six-element lens, and a much wider range of shutter speeds. Now the Pen sports a focusing 32mm (f1.9 - 16.0) lens with click-stops at four and ten foot settings. Closest focusing was 2.6 feet. Shutter speeds were increased to B, 1/8 - 1/500. A flash shoe was not built-in, but a flash bracket was available (and probably came with every camera). The new, built-in meter was a selenium type, with a little EV-needle readout window on the top of the camera. Film speeds from 10 - 400. To use, just point the camera at the subject and transfer the EV number to the scale on the lens -- or set the f-stop and shutter speed manually. As with most EV lenses, the shutter speed dial and the f-stop dial are thin and right next to each other -- but going in opposite directions. Once you've dialed in the correct EV from the meter, this setup allows you to change the shutter speed and f-stop quickly by grabbing both dials together, and turning in either direction. Turning them one-way increases the shutter speed and opens up the lens -- at the same time -- and in perfect proportion. The camera also managed to fit in a PC contact, cable release socket and tripod socket into the diminutive camera body. The accessory filter thread size was changed to 43mm -- not 43.5mm as with previous Pen cameras. Although the Pen D was discontinued in 1966, it showed Olympus and the world that you can pack a lot into a tiny package. 1962, 431g, Zuiko 1.9/32
Olympus Pen D2 Olympus PEN D-2 which was almost similar to the PEN D but now with Cds - light meter. To run the light meter a battery was needed, which was stored in a small battery compartment. This made the camera three stops more sensitive than the original. The film speed stayed the same: 10-400. Uses one 625 battery. 1964, 410g, Zuiko 1.9/32
Olympus Pen D3 Same as Pen D2, but with an even faster lens -- f1.7. Uses one 675 battery. Uses the new Olympus EL (easy-load) system. The main points were similar to the PEN D-2 except a better and faster lens with maximal aperture 1:1,7. 1965, Zuiko 1.7/32
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Olympus Pen F The culmination of the PEN Series was the half-frame SLR PEN F System. This was a full-blown professional SLR camera system that was almost as versatile as the OM System that was launched nine years later in 1972. The PEN F camera bodies were masterpieces of camera design by Maitani featuring an ingenious porro prism instead of a pentaprism, which allowed the bodies to be built as flat as the viewfinder PEN models, and a rotary shutter that allowed electronic flash synchronization at all shutter speeds. The Pen F and FV bodies didn't have a built-in meter. Instead an accessory meter could be clamped onto the shutter speed dial at the front. There were also two special microscope versions (F based and FT based) with a photomicroscopic focusing screen. There were 17 Zuiko Pen F lenses available: 20mm/F3.5, 25mm/F2.8, 25mm/F4.0, 38mm/F3.5 Macro, 38mm/F2.8, 38mm/F1.8, 40mm/F1.4, 42mm/F1.2, 50-90mm/F3.5 Zoom, 60mm/F1.5, 70mm/F2.0, 100mm/F3.5, 100-200mm/F5.0 Zoom, 150mm/F4.0, 250mm/F5.0, 400mm/F6.3, 800mm/F8 Reflex. Besides a few independent manufacturers made lenses in the Pen F bayonet mount. Accessories for the System included: Bellows (two versions), Slide Duplicator, Focusing Rails, Extension Tubes, Microscope Adapter, Angle Finder, Magnifying Angle Finder, Viewfinder Magnifier, Eyepiece Correction Lenses, Close-up Lenses, Copy Stand, Reverse Ring, Lens Adapters for Praktica, Exakta, Nikon or Leica lenses, Filters (43mm and 49mm) and a Combi Case. The Pen F System was discontinued in 1970. 1963, 611g
Olympus Pen FT The FT body did have a built-in CDS meter. New versions of the System lenses were released for this model, also in black finish, Olympus Pen FT, the camera featured for this time, was launched in 1966 which was three years after the first Pen was first introduced. Function and structure were vastly upgraded on Pen FT, and one of the major improvements was that it employed built-in TTL meter which indicates adequate aperture value according to the shutter speed set at that time once you hold the camera to subject. This system was called TTL number system. And other improvements were as follows : Built-in self-timer was added. Larger size mirror was employed. Film wind lever was changed to one-stroke lever. Microprism was employed for focusing screen. 1966, 560g
Olympus Pen FV FT without the built-in meter. The clip-on external meter could be used. Elimination of the meter dropped the price and made the viewfinder brighter. The camera just says "F" on the front, and "FV" on the top. 1966, 560g
Olympus Pen F Microscope FT without the built-in meter. Elimination of the meter dropped the price and made the viewfinder brighter. The camera just says "F" on the front. 1969, 560g

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