Half frame Greatness, Olympus PEN EED


Olympus PEN EED, A beauty half frame camera in a league of its own. Comes with a fast 32mm f1.7 lens F. Zuiko lens and supports iso 25 up to 400. Works on automatic exposure mode and a manual aperture selection for flash photography. Pretty much similar to that of the LC-A.

Olympus PEN EED is a half frame camera I’ve been tracking for a long time. Its armed with a fast 32mm f1.7 F. Zuiko lens, an automatic exposure with a cds meter, cable release thread and a hotshoe for flash photography. When the camera was delivered, I was delighted to find it in pristine condition, however with the shutter stuck. Camera was sent to the technician and back in operation in perfect working condition.

I’ve handled many half frames camera prior to the EED – the Canon Demi EE17 (with a f1.7 lens too), the Olympus PEN D, Fed Mikron, Agat 18k, etc. The EED is my favourite among all in terms of beauty, size, convenience and ease of handling. The compact size of the EED shines when compared to the Canon Demi EE17 which has a similar specification but much larger in size (can be used as a manual camera though). Automatic exposure makes it easy to use compared to the uncoupled meter of the Olympus PEN D (fully manual). Great fast lens on the EED works well under low light compared to Agat 18k. And an accurate CDS meter compared to the Selenium one on the Fed Mikron.

Most importantly, this camera is so quick – a change of focus distance (by turning the lens) and you are ready to shoot. I love this camera as much as my army of LC-As.

Some shots from the camera loaded with Fuji Velvia 50

Not an easy find, but treasure it if you ever get hold of it!

written by weihsuan on 2010-12-25 #gear #fun #review #olympus #pen #72 #half-frame #eed


  1. crayfish
    crayfish ·

    great shots, u're real lomographer!

  2. livethru
    livethru ·

    I have one, but its the oldest one... Its not working very well...but it is a amazing camera! congrats for the article and the pics.

  3. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Great shots!

  4. yaraal
    yaraal ·

    I recently recieved one from my grandpa, but without a battery. Now I've read that it needs a 1.3V CdS mercury battery, but they aren't in the making anymore. What do you use instead? (I've tried a hearing aid battery with an o-ring but my negatives came back blank)

  5. osc707
    osc707 ·

    I was wondering, which technician did you use? I recently purchased an Pen EED and would love to have it CLA'd.

    @Yaraal - i bought a battery converter adapter on ebay, it was $18USD but allows you to use modern inexpensive easy to find batteries

  6. glaise
    glaise ·

    Hallo ! How would you compare it to the EE17 in term of lens sharpness ?

  7. 85211
    85211 ·

    Hi, I have one and I'm having trouble using it. The focusing is solely based on distance yes? Therefore it's pure guessing?I also don't know what the shutter speed it. I'm quite confused.

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