Olympus Pen S

Olympus Pen S
Olympus Pen S
TypeHalf Frame, Zone Focus Fixed lens
Manufactured1960 - 1964
Fully MechanicalYes
Shutter1/8th - 1/250th & B
LensF2.8 - F22 30mm
Fully ManualYes
Aperture PriorityNo
Shutter PriorityNo
Fully AutoNo
NotesThis was the second of the revolutionary half frame cameras designed by legendary Olympus Camera designer Yoshihisa Maitani. The all manual no meter no electronics camera was very similar to the original Pen introduced in 1959 but with a faster F2.8 lens and a greater choice of shutter speeds. Maitani was given the task of producing a small but quality camera that would fit in your pocket (like a pen) and sell for 6000 yen approximately 4 times cheaper than any other Olympus camera being sold at the time. The design took him two years to achieve. The Pen S had a continual production run of 55 months with approximately 300,000 being made. It was succeeded by the very similar Pen S 3.5 with had a production run of 32 months (01/1965 to 08/1967) with approximately 78,000 being made.