What can I say, I have lusted after an Olympus Pen-F for a while. I have a weakness for half-frame cameras and the Pen-F is the pinnacle. When one became available from Japan, at a price I could live with, I snapped it up.

Everything works, and works well, on this Pen-F. The controls are precise and not fussy. My one small complaint is that the shutter release button is good, but not perfect. More positive feedback and stronger detent would not go amiss.

I love everything about this camera from the form factor to the controls and fancy “F”. and if the sample photos are not good, it’s the photographer’s fault, not the cameras.

Make Olympus
Model Pen-F
Year 1963
Format 35mm
Shutter Focal Plane Rotary
Speed B, 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 60, 125, 250, 500
Lens Olympus F.Zuiko Auto-S
f1.8 38mm
Focus 0.35m – ∞
Aperture f1.8 to 16
Light Meter No
Rangefinder SLR


Example photos Kodak TMax 100, Stand developed HC-110 30min. I even managed to double expose one frame… not entirely sure how.