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.

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 on 2010-04-29 #gear #35mm #review #olympus #half-frame #pen-ee3


  1. cherry_red_balloon
    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.

  2. dogma
    dogma ·

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

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Ho yeah ! So sharp ! Excellent shots !

  4. panelomo
    panelomo ·


  5. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·

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

  6. lawypop
    lawypop ·

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

  7. gvelasco
    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.

  8. vicuna
    vicuna ·

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

  9. quaisoir
    quaisoir ·

    i want one!!!

  10. stijn_b
    stijn_b ·

    excellent cam those shots are tack sharp! good find!

  11. disdis
    disdis ·

    Great camera review

  12. salvacasablancas
    salvacasablancas ·

    Great shots!

    See my review for Olympus Pen EE2


  13. lomocrea
    lomocrea ·

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

  14. jolomboy
    jolomboy ·

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

  15. guypas
    guypas ·

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

  16. izzaharramli
    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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