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Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. Japan

Olympus EE


Olympus Auto Eye II

I was not familiar with this Olympus 35mm rangefinder though it belonged to my collection.(Many thanks to "Arska")

I noticed that it was not "what ever" camera but a camera of good quality and a good brand. Were to get information that was a problem. At first I named it according to the letters in the front side as Olympus EE.The main reason was, that only very few examples was imported to Finland and neither to Europe as well.

The camera is covered by a gray leatherette. It has a D. Zuiko 1:2.5 f 4,3 cm lens and a Copal B, 1-1/500 shutter with manual and automatic settings. A selenium type light meter, Pre-VU knob ? and a flash contact. Otherwise it is a sturdy, well made compact camera. In any case this is not a toy camera, it is heavy, c. 620g and it takes sharp and contrasty pictures. The model name is really Olympus Auto Eye II and the camera was produced in 1962. Its price was 19.500 yen. Thanks to Mr Koichiro Fukushi, the "owner" of a splendid Range Finder site (in Japanese).

Some specifications:

Shutter:  Copal B, 1 to 1/500 sec. and A
Lens:  D. Zuiko 1:2.5   f = 4.3 cm
Finder:  Bright frame with parallax markings
Film-Advance: Film advance lever
Exposure meter: Selenium type, ASA: 10 to 400
Size: 135 x 83 x 73mm
Weight: 620 g

What means D-Zuiko ?

Older Zuiko lenses used to have a letter before the noun Zuiko. It tells the quantity of lenses used in lens construction. Letter D means four lenses, letter E five etc. In the later series of Zuiko lenses this marking was forsaken.


Olympus Pen

Olympus Pen EES (1962-1966)

Features like fixed focus, a shutter speed of 1/60 sec., and an automatic exposure adjustment reveals, that easines of use was undoubtedly one of the main goal in the planning work of the Olympus Pen cameras. In fact, Olympus introduced eight models in the Olympus Pen EE series. Common feature was, that they all was half format cameras.
The EES is the Pen EE with a focusing lens and even EES exists in slightly different variations.  Lens is Olympus D. Zuiko 1:2,8 / 3cm with three focus-indents for near, far, and intermediate distances.  Shutter has two speeds 1/40sec and 1/200sec. F-stop is automatically selected by the selenium meter at 1/200 shutter speed but can be set manually with the shutter speed at 1/40.

©2004 Reijo Lauro