Open Door @Lemery, Batangas

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help myself. Last week I purchased an Olympus PEN D2 from a member of the Rangerfinder Filipinas Forum.  This camera was released back in 1962, making it just two years shy of the half century mark. One of the more advanced among the Oly PENs, the D2 had a battery-powered (but uncoupled) CdS meter, maximum shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, and a very fast 32mm f/1.9 6-element lens (denoted by the “F” in “F. Zuiko”) .

I’d been looking for one of these for quite a while and it took me about a month to scrounge up the spare cash to buy it. The camera is in good shape, with the shutter recently serviced by a technician. The meter, however, seems dead. Will see if my tech can still revive it.

My first test roll back from the lab today and so far I am pleased with the results. Here are some of the shots, with no touch ups save for WordPress’ resize function. Film stock used was nothing fancy, just store-bought Kodak Gold 100.

Empty Cages @Lemery, Batangas

Cornered @Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

High Ceiling Hall @Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Riding Shotgun @Mother Ignacia St, Quezon City

Shallow Depth of Field HQ

So, what do you think? Did I get a lemon or a lifer?

I’ll try to make time and actually shoot photos of the camera, maybe a short video like what I did for the Ricoh Auto Half E. But don’t hold your breath. Schedule’s a bit tight right now.