Olympus Pen Family

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Olympus Pen family

Model Year Meter Distance Shoe Flash sync Timer Flash Lens
Pen 1959 Selenium             3.5
Pen S 1960 Selenium X X X             2.8
Pen D 1962 Selenium X             1.9
Pen D2 1964 CdS X             3.5
Pen D3 1965 CdS X             3.5
Pen D3 EL 1965 CdS X             3.5
EE 1961 Selenium             1.7
EES 1962 Selenium X X             2.8
EES EL 1962 Selenium X             2.8
EE2 1968 Selenium X             2.8
EE3 1973 Selenium X X             3.5
EES2 1968 Selenium X X X             3.5
EED 1967 CdS X X             1.7
EF 1981 Selenium X             3.5
EM 1981 CdS X             2.0
Pen S wide 1964 CdS X X X             2.5
Pen Rapid-EED 1967 CdS X X             1.7
Pen Rapid-EES 1962 Selenium X X             2.8

Olympus Pen EE

Pen EE is a humble, no-nonsense camera, cute as a puppy. Made in the early 60’s it stands in between the later, smart point and shoot cameras and the early dumb cameras. Lightweight 360 gr but feels right to its size. A nice touch is the way the camera name is marked, protruding rather than embossed, and the back-cover latch which is taken from an earlier era German cameras. Nothing much to set up, adjust the ISO speed, load the film and start shooting. One thing baffles me, as the ISO and the aperture settings are on the same ring. Not sure how it sets both.

Fixed focus, made it simple to use. Speeds are modest, two of them.40 and 200, assume flash is on the 40. Has the world-famous Olympus red paddle the pops up with insufficient light, and the camera plays dead. The 2.8 lens is plenty for uses this camera was made for. Half frame size made this camera line the envy of shooters using 127 film, comparing the dozen or so exposures to 72.

The exemplar I have worked seamlessly so the was no need for a post-mortem or bringing back from the dead.

List number 1868
Brand Olympus
Format 35mm half
Model Pen EE
Introduced 1961
Country Japan
Type Viewfinder
Body material Metal
Mode Auto / manual
Weight, gr 360
ASA range 10-100
Kit lens 1.35/28
Filter size 22 mn
Lens mount Fixed lens
Mount size NA
Aperture Set by camera
shutter Leaf
Light meter Selenium, external
Winder Knob
Lock No
Speeds 40, 100
DOF preview No
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe No
External sync X
Sync speed 100
Timer No
Battery None
Battery style NA
Battery voltage NA


Olympus Pen EE-3

The EE-3 is identical to the EE, save for the addition of a hot shoe.




Olympus Pen EES-2

Similar to the rest of the family, but having a focusing ring. Distance is estimated.




Olympus Pen EES-2 service

Olympus Pen EES 2 skin

As the other compact Olympus cameras, the aperture tends to seize. While the shutter is cocked against a strong spring so operates even if some dirt reaches between the blades, the aperture is being triggered and closed via tiny levers and matching springs. What it means is that the common issue with this camera is malfunctioning aperture blades. It is easy to fix:

  1. Release 3 screws Around front ring. Pull ring out. May be tight.

2. Unscrew front lens.

3 Remove three bottom screws to release the aperture assembly:


4. Another set of 3 screws to remove the lens:


5. Flip the aperture assembly to reach the lens ring underneath, remove the lens using a lens tool.


6. Remove the aperture plate from the housing.

7. Clean and let dry with non-woven tissue in between the leaves.

If still less than perfect movement, a tiny graphite puff will assist. Graphite powder is used to lubricate lock mechanism, can be found at hardware stores. A tube costs a little and may last you for the next decade.

To mount the aperture board into the bottom lens assembly slide it in with the blade towards the lens. There are two board types, one with little bulges next to the screw holes to slightly raise it, or there are tiny washers. In the washers option ensure they re there else it will not work. It’s a pain to install it but some tweezers acrobatics will do.


Olympus Pen cameras current value:

Pen S
Pen D
Pen D2
Pen D3
Pen D3 EL
Pen EE
Pen EE-S
Pen EE-2
Pen EE-3
Pen EE-D
Pen EF
Pen W
Pen EM

Pen Rapid-EED
Pen Rapid-EES
EES-2 repair notes elswhere




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