Olympus Pen FT

When introduced in 1963 the Olympus Pen F camera was the only SLR camera designed from the ground up for half frame photography. A huge range of specially designed Zuiko interchangeable lenses followed. There were three basic versions of the camera, The original Pen F (1963 to 1966), the Pen FT which added a light meter (1966 to 1972) and the Pen FV (1966 to 1970). The Pen FV was basically the Pen FT but without the light meter.

Olympus Pen F
Olympus Pen FT
TypeSLR Half Frame
Manufactured1966 - 1972
Battery1.35V Mercury PX625 (For the Light Meter Only)
Fully MechanicalYes
ShutterBulb + 1s-1/500
ISO25 - 400
Fully ManualYes.
Aperture PriorityNo
Shutter PriorityNo
Fully AutoNo
NotesThe Olympus Pen FT was the successor to the original Pen F (1963 - 1966). The film wind on lever switched from 2 strokes to 1 stroke and a light meter was added. The light meter uses a series of numbers (0 to 7 or 8) which then correspond to numbers on the lens. At least on many of the original Pen lenses the actual F stops as well as the numbers are shown on the lens.

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