8 comments on “Meet the camera: Olympus PEN EES-2

  1. Hello,

    I just got an Olympus Pen EE-3 from a 2nd hand store and I opened it for cleaning.

    I found that the shutter / light meter and aperture are working well.

    But one thing that making me confuse is the aperture still under controlled by the light meter even operating in manual mode (A mode).

    Lets make some examples:
    1. set the aperture to f3.5
    2. cover the lens and half-press the shutter
    3. the aperture is fully open

    1. set the aperture to f3.5
    2. pointing the camera to a light source and half-press the shutter
    3. the aperture is not fully open (may be half open, it depends on how strong the light source is)

    1. set the aperture to f3.5
    2. cover the lens and half press the shutter
    3. the aperture is fully open
    4. change the aperture ring to f11
    5. the aperture inside the lens is changing too

    After I studied how the mechanism working between the light meter and aperture control. Here is my finding:
    In auto mode, the needle in the light meter is moving around.

    If the light condition is good:
    – the position of the needle will determine the aperture value and the shutter speed. The shutter can be fired.

    If the light condition is bad:
    – the needle is located at most right side. the red flag will raise up and it makes the shutter cannot be fired.
    In manual mode (A mode), the needle in the light meter is moving around too.

    If the light condition is good:
    – It works exactly same as auto mode. Aperture will be controlled (I think the shutter speed too) by the needle.

    If the light condition is bad:
    – the needle is located at most right side and the red flag cannot be raised up (forced by a litter lever). The shutter can be fired with the selected aperture value.
    As a result, I cannot figure out how to avoid the needle controlling the aperture during the manual mode…….

    It would be nice, if you can give me some feedback~~

    Thanks a lot~~

    • My understanding is that the PEN EE-series cameras were never intended to have a “manual” mode, but to be essentially point-and-shoot. The aperture control ring is intended to be left in “A” (automatic) mode except when shooting with a flash; my EES-2 actually notes this on the aperture ring itself. Further, the aperture setting is not employed in the traditional manner, but simply controls the maximum aperture allowed. When you realize that the settings were only to be used with a flash, and that the camera has no automatic control over the flash settings (and thus no way to regulate the exposure automatically), it makes sense that the user was relied upon to set the largest possible aperture for a flash exposure. Shutter speed is of course fixed at 1/40 when using settings other than A, once again specifically to work with flash photography.

      Hope this helps you to make sense of how the PEN EE mechanism works. Thanks for visiting.

  2. hi i just bought a pen ee and mostly everytime I press the button the shutter does not close until i wind it up is there any way to fix this or should i go get it repaired if possible

    • Sounds like a sticky shutter. You’ll need to disassemble the lens and clean the shutter blades with alcohol or lighter fluid (I had better results with alcohol). Good instructions can be found here: http://www.kyphoto.com/classics/penees2repair.html

      It’s worth doing the aperture blades while you’re in there, as they are pretty prone to sticking as well. Good luck.

      • what tools are needed i got far with a glasses screwdriver but the screws around the lens wouldn’t move and there is a specific tool is needed to take the top off at the display showing the amount of pictures left on the film

        • It is a very easy camera to disassemble; no special tools are required beyond screwdrivers and a pin spanner. Make sure, however, that you get a tight-fitting screwdriver – hollow-ground tip is best – and be very careful not to strip the heads. Some of the screws are held in with a drop of thread-locker, which must be broken in removing them; this should be replaced with a drop of clear nail polish when you reassemble.

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