The Pen series is a family of half-frame cameras made by Olympus from 1959 to the beginning of the 1980s. Aside from the Pen F series of half-frame SLRs, they are fixed-lens viewfinder cameras.
In 2009, Olympus introduced the PEN E-P1,a Micro Four Thirds system digital camera which the company touts as the next-generation Pen camera. All Olympus PEN digital camera series have built-in sensor-shift image stabilisation and (except for the E-P1) can use optional electronic viewfinder which should be slid into its hotshoe.
The Pen EE was introduced in 1961 and was the amateur model, with fully automatic exposure and fixed focusing. It is a true point and shoot camera, and has a 28mm f/3.5 lens. The Pen EE family is easily recognized by the selenium meter window around the lens.
The Pen EE.S, launched in 1962, is the same model with a 30mm f/2.8 and a focusing ring, made necessary by the wider aperture.
In 1966 the two cameras were slightly modified and became the Pen EE (EL) and Pen EE.S (EL) with a modification of the take-up spool to make film loading easier. EL stands for Easy Loading. You can only recognize them by a small label marked EL stuck on the front, or you can open them and look at the take-up spool.
The Pen EE.2, produced from 1968 to 1977, is nearly the same as the Pen EE with the addition of a hot shoe.
In the case of EE-2 , the cell controls the shutter (1/40 to 1/200 sec). If the lighting is insufficient, the shutter release is locked. The lens is a Zuiko 3.5 / 28. Unlike the EE , the EE2 has an accessory shoe.
|Olympus Pen EE-2
|fixed-lens viewfinder camera
|18 x 24 mm
|Zuiko 3.5 / 28
|Dimensions & Weight
|1968 - 1977
|According to the 1969 Natkin catalog , it was worth 402 francs.s