The EES series hailed from the popular Pen family of Olympus half-frame cameras. The Pen was first introduced in 1959. It was the very first half-frame camera in Japan that was specially designed by Olympus' most popular chief designer, Yoshihisa Maitani. The small and portable camera was such a hit that it influenced other Japanese companies to use the same idea.
The Pen EE was introduced two years later in 1961. The camera had a 28 mm f/3.5 lens, fixed focus, and automatic exposure, thus making it a very convenient point-and-shoot camera. The EES appeared a year later, boasting a 30 mm f/2.8 lens and a focusing ring. It had a shutter speed that adjusts automatically according to the light level, which helps in nailing the precise exposure range.
It was in 1968 when the EES-2 emerged. It was basically the same as the EES, but a flash hot shoe was made available. Also, while the EES had a film speed of 10-200, the EES-2 had 25-400. Along with the rest of the Pen family, the EES-2's charm lies in its convenient controls and the D-Zuiko lens that offers superior quality.
Community Member and then Lomography staff dux_x shared his personal review, plus tips & tricks:
“This little thing is capable of taking more than 80 pics with a single 36 frames roll. Yeah, it´s the perfect camera to take to places where you can´t find films to buy. A perfect camera for the days when it´s very hard to find the finest film of your dream. Because of its format (35 mm half-frame), while others take 36 shots, you can create over 80 images! The camera doesn´t need batteries. It just needs sunlight to activate the solar-powered selenium light meter — a perfect ecological masterpiece. Putting the economical aspect aside, the little Pen also had that great D. Zuiko lens with professional quality, reliable mechanics, a compact size and the cute vertical format for your pictures that you're gonna love. The EES-2 version had a zone focus (other versions had a fixed focus) giving you more power to play with the camera. It´s an aperture-priority camera with the shutter fixed on 1/200sec on A (auto) mode or you can choose the aperture (to use flash or be creative) with the shutter on 1/40sec.”
Tips & Tricks:
- Take advantage of this camera's half-frame setting. Creating images that complete a scene and weave for yourself some panorama shots, for example. Neat photo stories can also be done with this cute little camera.
- This is a camera that you'd want to bring with you as a backup. Loaded with b&w film and used to create behind-the-scenes shots, it'll be the perfect partner to document your shoots. Imagine having the liberty to shoot 80 frames with a regular 36-exposure 35 mm film.
- You can save up on developing costs with this half-frame camera. That means you can buy other films and camera equipment!
- Find a good red filter and do some black and white street shots with this camera. You will love the results!
_This review is submitted by Community Member dux_x .