An old friend has departed. My Olympus PEN EES-2 is on its way to a new owner in Sweden. I had it for a little over two years, and it featured in the first two posts here at Filmosaur. It was a fun little camera, easy to use and easy to carry. I enjoyed our time together.
So why, the inquisitive reader might ask, did you send it halfway around the world? Well, the simple answer is that we grew apart. As you will recall, the Olympus is a point-and-shoot kind of a camera, with little manual control; as Your Humble Filmosaur has become more serious about photography, this lack of control has become increasingly frustrating. Additionally, the half-frame format is interesting, but I find it gets in the way more than it offers advantages, at least for my type of photography. Finally, having acquired other cameras, most notably my similarly-sized but more capable Rollei 35, the Olympus had been spending a fair bit of time on the shelf. So I decided it was time for it to move on to an owner who would put it to better use than I was.
But I did not simply sell the Olympus; I sent it off as my half of a trade deal that will see a Kodak Retina I coming my way. So both the Olympus’ new owner and I will have new toys to play with, and our cameras will have new things to see and commit to film. I’ll introduce the Retina properly when it arrives. In the meantime, I put together a few frames I shot with the departing PEN this past winter. The new owner has been known to assemble photos this way; hopefully my old Olympus will help him produce some new ones.
So join me in bidding farewell to the Olympus PEN EES-2. We had some good times, made some memories, and now we go our separate ways. There’s no cause for sadness – it was all for the best – but one can’t help but feel a little wistful at the final parting with an old friend.