The Olympus Pen F series cameras brought SLR interchangeable lenses to half frame photography, it was the first and would be the only SLR interchangeable lens half frame camera system ever made. A range of about 20 interchangeable lenses were also specifically designed for the cameras. The camera included many first time innovations & designs in order to accommodate it’s small size & half frame. Thousands of hours were spent designing a whole new titanium rotary plane shutter allowing flash sync at any speed. A mirror mounted vertically instead of horizontally. Two Prisms plus two mirrors were needed to get the light through three 90 degree turns to reach the viewfinder! It was another Olympus masterpiece of engineering and style! The Original Pen was made from 1963 to 1966.

It was followed by this model the FT (1966 to 1972) which added a light meter. In the viewfinder a needle pointed to a number between 0 & 7 which corresponded to a number on the lens. Designed for simplicity the lenses did also show conventional F stop info and the camera could be used without a battery or meter in manual mode. The addition of the light meter greatly dimmed the viewfinder which became a complaint of the FT & so also made alongside the FT was a third version the FV (1967 to 1970) which was essentially an FT without a light meter and the original brighter viewfinder.

For these photos I loaded a roll of B&W Svema 400 purchased from the Film Photography Project. Which I have to say I don’t like that much. I’ve used Svema 200 before and really liked it so I’m not sure if it’s just the 400 or a combination of the 400 & this particular camera.