Photos With My Other Pen

Discussion in 'Film Cameras' started by Penfan2010, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Took along my Pen F on a week and a half trip with its digital descendant, my E-P2, plus the X100. It was great to have 3 compact but very capable cameras along. The Pen F had the Zuiko 25mm F4, fairly slow but very sharp. I only used 2 rolls of film, but that still meant close to 100 images on this half frame 35mm. I used the Pen F when it was raining or when my digital cameras had no more juice left in their batteries (a particular issue since I only had one socket adapter for my chargers). The only real downside of the Pen is its very, very noisy shutter. Thankfully I had the X100 for times when I needed to be more unobtrusive.

    I thoroughly enjoyed using the F, despite its limitations; there is still such strong "muscle memory" and "eye memory" in me for shooting through an SLR viewfinder and manually focusing on a proper ground glass screen. It still feels the most intuitive to me. I guess that's because I've spent many, many more years shooting with compact film SLRs than I have shooting digital.

    All ISO 400 CVS Pharmacy own label film, home processed using Tetanol C-41 kit. Still working out the kinks in home processing and scanning, so lots of dust marks, etc.









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  2. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    I too, miss the film camera's VF and manual focus. It's just not the same trying to manual focus on digital LCD.
  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Thanks for these! The third shot in particular seems to show texture in a tangible kind of way that just screams "film" to me...
  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Love the style of shooting, and it works so well on film. How do you find the viewfinder on yours? I have a black FT (functional, but I don't shoot with it) and the viewfinder is very cloudy.
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Whatever you're doing in your processing really agrees with my taste in color. Keep up the great work.
  6. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    well done! So nice to see film work. I need to get the Hexar AF out to play...
  7. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Thanks, Nic. The viewfinder of my F is okay, especially with my faster lenses. That said, it is quite grainy and dimmer than the viewfinder of my OM1. I've read elsewhere that the mirror of the Pens are notorious for darkening/clouding up over time.
  8. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Thanks a lot, Luke. Some of the scanned images had slight PP with Aperture, but generally I attribute the look to cheapo CVS color film and not quite perfect home processing technique (too long in developer, not enough agitation, slightly old chemicals?)! :). The Pen F lenses also tend to give a more muted color palette in overcast light, but it might just be my lenses.
  9. Penfan2010

    Penfan2010 All-Pro

    Jul 21, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Look forward to seeing photos from your Hexar, Lili. Thanks.