Amarcord: Olympus PEN EED.

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Let’s keep talking about past Olympus cameras and today I will shortly introduce you to the PEN-EED (auctions here on eBay). As you see it had a built in optical viewfinder. Produced from 1967 to 1972, it is a more expensive automated-exposure model, with a CdS meter, a 32mm f/1.7 lens and a hot shoe. Why did Oly created the EED? The Pen E had no fast lenses and  only slow shutter speeds, The Pen D’ had no automatic exposure. The EED combined the best from both cameras. And how did Olympus advertise this camera? Just look at the image here:

LOL!

A list of all PEN-EED auctions can be found on eBay (Click here) or via Slidoo (Click here).

Source: Olypedia, pdf manual at Butkus, Image samples can be seen at Rangefinderforum.

 

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  • If they wanted to market a Pen at men, they shouldn’t have called it ED but XL. :-P

    • Tulio

      WHat is their “Ladies” camera called? PEN-IS.

      • Anonymous

        PEN with Image Stabilization?

        • Anonymous

          Ladies have shaky hands, that’s why they can’t become good doctors.

          • Mty dentist is a woman. She can fit both her hands in my mouth at the same time! :-P

      • Bob

        You guys are too funny!

        Regardless…the camera is very cool looking.

    • awaler

      Today, ED is a well known shorthand for something men do not want to have and women do not want to experience. At the time of the PEN shomw above, the abbreviation was less familiar, as papa’s little helpers had not been invented yet.

  • Yun

    Interesting model but no for this era .
    Olympus to redesign the camera in more fashionable way , example the DMC GX1 for the new coming PENs .
    Just finished reading the Sigma DP3 , very impressive sensor technology . This is where M4/3 need to learn in it’s sensor department .

    • Esa Tuunanen

      > Just finished reading the Sigma DP3 , very impressive sensor technology
      Very shitty sensor tech except for bright mid day light.
      Might as well glue ND8 filter in front of Bayer sensor to simulate light gathering efficiency.
      http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/36405363

      • Bayer sensor didn’t get its current level of efficiency overnight.

        Still we can dream of the time when Foveon is not single true-color sensor on the market.

        • Esa Tuunanen

          Advance in sensor manufacturing tech can’t help Foveon to catch Bayer sensor.
          Bad efficiency is simply inherent feature of Foveon’s stacked photosite design which makes most of the signal useless “white noise” without any colour information.

          • Bollox

            Are you an internet expert? Do you read dpreview?

  • Ton

    If image stabilization technology existed that time, it would be a great seller for women as well… Pen w/ IS or Pen IBIS =)

  • Tulio

    The name PEN-IS didn’t attracted many male customers…

  • Elf

    Interesting post on the day of the launch of my next camera….. the Fujifilm X100s. Looks like a really big year for Fuji. My OMD will have company soon.

    • ggweci

      True enough and I’m really liking the X100S as well. It’s definitely on my radard.

      But I want to know where all the E-P5 rumours are? Would love to get some info on that and whether Oly will finally add the left side EVF to the Pen series to compete with the X-E1 and NEX-6 offerings. Basically an E-M5 minus the hump and weather-sealing, in a smaller package.

  • Alan

    Dear admin,
    As you like digging into Pen history, you may want to look at a film role for one of them.. It was in an Alfred Hitchcock film (Topaz, I think), and one of the Pen SLRs featured quite prominently, body and telephoto lens being hidden in bread rolls ready for a spying trip. I think they got their pictures on a picnic overlooking a sensitive sight, but were given away by seagulls going for the bread! The camera featured more prominently in a major film than I recall from any other instance of cameras shown in a film.

  • Alan

    Dear admin,
    As you like digging into Pen history, you may want to look at a film role for one of them.. It was in an Alfred Hitchcock film (Topaz, I think), and one of the Pen SLRs featured quite prominently, body and telephoto lens being hidden in bread rolls ready for a spying trip. I think they got their pictures on a picnic overlooking a sensitive sight, but were given away by seagulls going for the bread! The camera featured more prominently in a major film than I recall from any other instance of cameras in a film.

    • All I know is that James Stewart’s character in Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ used an Exacta with a 400 mm Kilfitt lens to spy on his murderous neighbor.

      • The autocensor filters my post because of the name Alfred Hitchrooster? :-P

  • Anonymous

    It’s a ULC! Ugly Little Camera.

  • Admin, this little game is enticing. Give us little hints about what the upcoming PEN is NOT and in the meantime broaden our education.

    Has the baby arrived yet?

  • Mau

    Hi Admin,

    I cannot access the site anymore from Work, since a while now. That usually happens only with low reputation sites and the like! Do you know how I could bypass that block?

    thanks and keep up the good Work!
    M.

    • You should ask your boss about that. Then the IT guy. :-P

  • The mystery is why lenses from 40 years ago had wider apertures than they do today.

    • Now, I am no expert, but I play one on TV :)

      A few ideas on lens speed could be related to AF issues and lens design… moving heavy lens elements on traditional designs may not be as easy as with AF mechanism… Maybe the types of glass and coatings used today add more expense… Maybe the pressures on resolution and glass quality make making fast lenses very expensive… Maybe a bit of all of the above combined with marketing playing a role in pricing or volumes…

      To be honest I dont know, It would be an interesting question to get an answer to..

  • esa tuunafish

    Erm, what’s an Amarcode?

    • Amarcord is a Fellini movie, you Philistines! :-P

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071129/

      • esa tuunafish

        Ok ok! Now what’s a Philistine???

        Anyway, Amarcord is available on pay per view. Maybe I’ll check it out and see how it’s related to old cameras. :)

  • Minh Oltha

    Yeah, what’s an Amacorde?

    • That would be a spelling error.

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