Olympus Pen F camera

Made:
1959-1969 in Japan
maker:
Olympus Optical Company Limited

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Olympus Pen F Camera
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
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Olympus Pen F camera Olympus Pen F camera , made in Japan, 1963-1966
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Olympus Pen F camera, no. 241125. C1964Back-bodied single lens reflex camera for half frame 18mmx24mm 35mm film. F.Zuiko Auto-S lens F:38mm f/1.8 No 334348; bayonet interchangeable mount. focal plane shutter 1-1/500 sec. Delayed action. Through-lens metering; needle visible in finder. In ERC with lens cap. Overall: 68 mm x 135 mm x 60 mm.

Olympus Pen F camera , made in Japan, 1963-1966.

Fitted with C1964Back-bodied single lens reflex camera for half frame 18mmx24mm 35mm film. F.Zuiko Auto-S lens F:38mm f/1.8 No 334348; bayonet interchangeable mount. Focal plane shutter 1-1/500 sec. Delayed action. Through-lens metering; needle visible in finder. In ERC with lens cap.

The Olympus Pen F was the first half-frame system SLR camera, and was also the first to have a rotary titanium shutter. Total sales of the Pen series were over 17 million. Half frame meant that the camera used a 18 x 24mm portrait format, and produced double the amount of pictures as 36 x 24mm format. These features combined to make the Pen series cameras compact and light.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/6555
Materials:
enamel, glass, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified)
type:
single lens reflex camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
  • miniature camera
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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