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Olympus Pen EE3 - The Fantastic Half-Frame Camera

Way before the Golden-Half and Diana Mini, there were the little known Olympus half-frame cameras- the Olympus Pen EE models.

  • Tags
  • Brand
  • Name
    Pen EES-2
  • Format
  • Place of Origin
  • Focus
    zone focus
  • Flash Types
    hot shoe
  • ISO Speeds
  • Maximal ISO Speed
  • metal
  • 1968 – 1971
Photo from: olympus-global.com

I went to Manila in The Philippines recently. After reading about a mini “camera street” in Hidalgo Street (near Quiapo Church), I decided to head down to see if there were any treasures to be found. And to my surprise, I found this baby stood out from the other vintage cameras! It had a bit of scratches but I already fell in love! I begged and bargained with the seller and finally managed to get a good price of US$25!

Back in Singapore, I loaded the baby with ISO100 film and shot on sunny days. All I needed from this simple camera is to set the ASA (ranges from 25-400), wind the film on, then pressed the shutter. The results are crisp, fresh and a whopping 72 pictures from the trusty Olympus Pen EE3!

There’s also an Olympus Pen EES2 review from shhquiet on June 11, 2008

written by lawypop


  1. cherry_red_balloon


    This camera is very much on my wish-list!They just give fantastic photos, so clear and crisp-and you get more photos for your money! :D Fantastic stuff.

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  2. dogma


    Amazing camera! i wish for one too :) your really lucky to have it!

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  3. stouf


    Ho yeah ! So sharp ! Excellent shots !

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  5. ahleng90


    wow!great photos from a great camera by a great lomographer :D
    the tone,and details are killing me..kodak iso 100??

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  6. lawypop


    Thanks all for your wonderful comments :)
    @ahleng90: Yes it is Kodak 100:)

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  7. gvelasco


    The Pen EE3 (and EE2) is nearly identical to the Olympus Trip 35 which is also an excellent camera, but it's even more convenient because it's a half-frame. Nice find. Excellent camera.

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  8. vicuna


    I had once a Pen EES, a great camera.... Great review! :)

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  9. quaisoir


    i want one!!!

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  10. stijn_b


    excellent cam those shots are tack sharp! good find!

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  11. disdis


    Great camera review

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  12. salvacasablancas


    Great shots!

    See my review for Olympus Pen EE2


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  13. lomocrea


    My grandfather has this camera, I want to use it very soon and try with a film from lomography ;)

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  14. jolomboy

    my mom has the same camera, but hasn't used it for a long time
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  15. guypas

    Today I bought one at the flea market, I can not wait to develop the film and see the results. Great camera!.
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  16. izzaharramli

    Hey, I'm new to this. -How do we use the ASA ? -When are we going to use the lowest and the highest ASA ? -What if, by switching the numbers of ASA, there's still a red card shown ? (I mean, all numbers of ASA can't be used) -When we use the ASA, how about the aperture ? (and vice verse) Hope you can help me.
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