13 comments on “A Gathering of Design and Craft.

  1. Hi,

    I am amazed by your collection of cameras and even more with all your shots. These feelings that the film camera brings is nostalgic and peaceful.I have been using lately my instax camera and this is as far I can come to using film. I have my grandparents old camera. It does look old and classic but I don’t know if it’s still working. There is no battery in it and no battery shelf either, so I’m guessing it does not need battery to work. Would you happen to know a thing about Olympus Pen? I couldn’t find any other markings to what the camera exactly is, just OLYMPUS PEN written in front near the lens. Thank you in advance if ever you find time to walk me through about this camera.I would really appreciate and hopefully I’d be able to use it again.Thank you a million times.


    1. Hi RC,

      I believe you have in your hands the original Olympus Pen which is, like Ade has kindly pointed out, a half-frame camera. It is also completely manual which is why there is no battery compartment. You do not need a battery to use it! You will, however, need to read up a little on aperture and shutter speed so you will understand how to manipulate the camera.

      The original manual is available for download here: http://www.butkus.org/chinon/olympus/olympus_pen_pen_s/olympus_pen_pen_s.htm – hope that helps!


    You’ve got yourself a classic there. Depending on what version of the Pen, it could be as old as from 1959! It’s a Japanese camera that allows you to double the number of photos you can shoot with the same film. So for example a 24 exposure film will give you at least 48 shots! Great camera to practice with as you can take many shots and not worry so much.

    If I were you, I’d get a roll of film and give it a go :)

  3. This is heaven on earth! Everything looks interesting and creative! Love the table with wood piled underneath it and the wood molded glass :) Btw, what’s that on the second photo? Is it a book press or something?

  4. Hi again

    Thank you for the response. I forgot to mention that there is something written on top right near to some buttons it’s EE-2. I did some research and it’s actually doesn’t need a battery and now I am blown. I’m about to go buy a film and see if it’s still work. I have never been this inspired to take pictures again only when I stumble in your blog trying to search in google – film photography and film cameras. One of your photo caught me and now I’m hook. Just looking at how you capture images, seems careful and silent, I don’t know, It’s just me again bitten by nostalgia. Thank you again.

  5. oh i love that linen curtain! i broke out my sewing machine a few weeks ago to hem my curtains but haven’t been able to tackle a project yet. I hope to soon before spring and summer zoom past me!

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