I am a (proud) member of a film photography collective that often posts camera reviews. Recently, there were several articles on half frame cameras, something I had never heard of before. As I read, I became more and more obsessed with the idea of being able to make diptychs in-camera rather than trying to stitch them together with the computer or (even worse) dry mount two photographs on the same piece of board & have them look perfect (precision with a ruler is not my forte). This is, of course, fairly ridiculous, since I have only once in my life made a diptych, and it wasn’t entirely intentional. I figured if the price was right – aka cheap – then it was ok to treat myself to a new creative tool. As luck would have it, ebay treated me to a near mint condition Olympus Pen F with a 38mm 1.8 lens.
So far I have only managed to put a test roll through it, but I am absolutely delighted with the results and can’t wait to take it out for realz. Here are the highlights (it was a very short roll). I made exposures in a variety of lighting conditions & am pleased with the performance of the lens; it’s a pleasant surprise since I had no idea how sharp / detailed such tiny negatives would be. The one closeup is a bit soft, but I think that is probably my fault for messing up the focus.
Tri-X and D76.