Olympus Pen EES

Manufactured from 1962 to 1968 by Olympus Optical Co. in Japan. As a half-frame, it took 72 “portrait” images on a 36 exposure roll of 35mm film. It was an improved version of their EE model. It had a selenium cell controlled automatic exposure mode for either 200 or 160 ASA film, or you could set the shutter speed or you could set the aperture for X-sync flash pictures—all with the same ring around the camera lens! It featured a shutter lockout—if the cell didn’t detect enough light for the setting selected, the shutter would not fire. It had a 30mm f/2.8 lens with zone focusing. And to make it easier to load the camera, the entire back and bottom of the camera was removed to change film.


See also: www.olympus.co.jp/en/corc/history/camera/pen.cfm?ote=1



  • Carsten @ www.RetroCamera.de 8y

    The PEN was a very nice piece of cam technology!
  • Paul Bradley 7y

    Nice, an early forerunner to the Trip, I guess?

    I've just got hold of a Pen FT (I guess the SLR version of this) from 1968. Great little camera.
  • [Sies] 7y

    i have one :D
  • Caramel ('.') 7y

    es como de las peliculas xD
    me agrada
  • songglod 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Camera porn, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Ben Gordon 5y

    Do you know how to remove the selenium 'eye'? I got the lens off but i carnt figure out how the 'eye' comes away?
  • Steve Harwood 5y

    Sorry--I try my best to not take these things apart. [grin] But usually the selenium cells where glued to a metal or plastic base plate. You may have to sacrifice it to get it off...
  • Lita Cheng 4y

    I was wondering if this one still available to buy.
  • Steve Harwood 4y

    If you asking about mine, specifically, it's not for sale. The Olympus Pen film cameras are no longer made, but they were very popular--and plentiful--and it's usually easy to find a working on Ebay or a similar online auction site. Olympus has "updated" the trade name, though--the new digital Pen cameras are very nice and designed to invoke the nostalgia of using the old film camera...
  • Ryan Houston 4y

    I just bought one for $2.99 USD at a thrift store..excited to try it out...
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