The first Olympus Pen went on sale in October 1959. It possess a D Zuiko 28mm F3.5
lens with Copal 000 behind-the-lens type shutter, speed from B, 1/25-1/200sec.
Helicoid focusing from 0.6m to infinity, 0.5x bright frame finder. Up to now you can
still find some good working samples flowing around, their price are around US$100-200
depends on the condition.
In the original Pen compact series there are also Pen S 2.8 and Pen S 3.5 with improved shutter speed from 1/8-1/250sec; the Pen EE series including EE-2, EE-3, EES, EES-2 with auto exposure and photocell. The Pen D is the top of the line Pen series cameras, with 32mm f1.7 and f1.9 bright lenses, Copal 000 between lens shutter, speed from 1/8-1/500sec, manual exposure control with built-in meter. There are also some special Pen compacts such as the Pen EM... the first full automatic camera, Pen EED bright 32mm f1.7 auto exposure camera and the last Pen in 1981 - Pen EF with built-in flash.
"At a special ceremony at EXPO 70' in Osaka, Japan two time capsules were
buried underground in special sealed chamber. Inside, was a little piece of
The contents of the two capsules were identical, and consisted of items carefully selected to represent the lifestyles and technological achievements of the age. One of the capsules was to be dug up after 30 years to check the condition of its contents; it would then be buried again and reopened once a century thereafter. The second capsule was designed to remain undisturbed for 5000 years. Although each capsule contained over 2000 items, only one camera was included: the Olympus Pen FT."