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Olympus Pen F Half Frame 35mm Camera Body Only


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Overall 9/10 condition, comes with 6 months warranty

SN# 151906


The Pen F is a half-frame single-lens reflex camera introduced in 1963 by Olympus. It is designed by the highly respected and quite famous engineer Maitani Yoshihisa[1], who also has created the Olympus Pen point-and-shoot series, as well as the OM-1 and the Olympus XA. The original model is easily recognized by its big golden gothic letter F engraved to the right on the front plate, where later models sport a self-timer lever.

The Pen F is a quite compact camera with a Porro prism viewfinder, which completely avoids the traditional SLR prism bulge because the reflex mirror flips sideways, resulting in a compact viewfinder arrangement. The Pen F has a bayonet mount for interchangeable lenses. There are a release button and a depth of field preview button at the top of the lens close to the lens mount.

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  • half frame, 8×24 mm vertical (portrait) format
  • the proprietary exposure indicator
  • single-stroke advance, with longer wind lever
  • smallest 35mm SLR systems ever made  

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A review by Cameraquest

"...Notice there is no characteristic SLR hump on the top of the camera. Olympus designers brilliantly used a mirror system rather than the pentaprism. to keep the size small. The downside of this is that the mirror systems are very susceptible to haze and dirt. No Pen F/FT/FV finder is bright, but they are made worse by this. If you have your camera serviced, be sure to have its finder cleaned. The shutter is a focal plane rotary titanium shutter which allows flash sync all the way up to 1/500th of a second. Rather than the typical horizontal finder in virtually all 35 SLRs, the Pen F and FT have VERTICAL finders. It may surprise at first, but you soon get used to it... 

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Type: 35 mm camera

Vendor: Olympus