Olympus Pen EES-2

My father died when I was very young. He was also very young – he was 39. I have no recollection of him, but I still have his cameras.

Even though he was not a photographer, he had 3 cameras. One of them still works, the other two my mum was not careful enough and let me play with them. I will write about some other day, but let’s just say for now that one of my favourite game as a boy was to put things apart and try to put them back together – I would end with spare parts most of the times.

Olympus Pen EES-2

Photographs of an Olympus Pen EES-2, lens D. Zuiko 1:2.8 f=30mm, made in Japan. It belonged to my late father.
Photographs of an Olympus Pen EES-2, lens D. Zuiko 1:2.8 f=30mm, made in Japan. It belonged to my late father.

I wrote about my first camera, a lovely Pentax K1000, the other day. Today, I want to tell you about my Olympus Pen EES-2, which I photographed in my brand new handmade still photography table.

 

I found this camera by chance at home in my late teens, which probably explains why it survived. It was with a cousin of mine. Compact, light, stylish – what’s there not to like about it!

Features

One of the features that I like the most about it is being able to double the amount of exposures. It splits the photogram in half, which is why the viewfinder is vertical, instead of horizontal.

It makes a lovely soft sound when I press the shutter. The dials for ISO (it reads ASA in the camera though), focus zone and aperture are in the fixed 30mm lens.

Whenever I use this camera I feel I am closer to my dad. I don’t know if he had any plans to become a photographer at some point in his short life. But I did and here I am trying to follow it through. One click at a time.

Do you still have your family cameras? Do they still work?

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