Film Olympus PEN FT


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Dec 29, 2013
I'm opening a new thread because I used the internal lightmeter - for better or for worse ...

travel portraiture
on Flickr

passing by
on Flickr (no, no photobomb, I wanted him in the frame, just fired off the shot a little early ...)

I learned a lot from reviewing the whole film for scanning - the camera itself is a marvel, a great tool even after all these years; but its meter behaves differently from just about anything else I've ever used - it seems to be evaluative in a very "broad" sense; especially when including the sky in any major way, it tends to underexpose hideously - but now that I know that, it should be avoidable in most cases (adding +1.5 to +2.0, depending on foreground ...). Since the camera is fully mechanical, achieving this shouldn't even slow me down significantly.

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Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
I had an original Pen F with the Gothic "F", and got a lot of nice images with it, but the shutter eventually started jamming. I didn't think it was worth the cost of trying to fix it, so sold it "As Is". Some people are a lot more adept at fixing things than I am.


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Mar 23, 2015
Yup, have to agree. Its a lovely camera but the metering is a little bit 'iffy'. Generally got great results metering and shooting B&W & colour negative but colour slide was unforgiving. The FV has no meter so I'm putting a roll through with Sunny-16 and a Sekonic external meter - keen to see what my keeper rate is.

Have to agree with Tony on the jamming on the 'F'. Still need to get mine fixed or just write it off and get another one.

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