Olympus Pen family
|Pen D3 EL||1965||CdS||X||3.5|
|Pen S wide||1964||CdS||X||X||X||2.5|
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.
|Mode||Auto / manual|
|Filter size||22 mn|
|Lens mount||Fixed lens|
|Aperture||Set by camera|
|Light meter||Selenium, external|
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
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:
- 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.
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