Look at the time. 2010 is almost over, and it’s been a good year for me, not just in my personal and professional life but also in this photography hobby of mine. I was able to travel to the United States and stay there for a month, shooting as we went crisscrossing the country. I was able to shoot the Great Wall of China and Beijing’s Forbidden City.  For Christmas, I gave out framed prints, which were very well-received by my immediate family. And, I was able to acquire some very choice pieces of vintage gear.

The first one I mentioned last post: an Olympus PEN D2. I’ve been shooting with it for some time now and I can say that it is one really sweet shooter. It took a while to get used to focusing with the lever but after a few days, I could guesstimate focus fast like the best of them. Still haven’t taken it to my technician so I don’t know if the meter can still be revived, but that’s a minor niggle – I’m seldom without a handheld meter anyway.

This morning I was able to take some digital shots of the camera, just to give readers a closeup look at this cool piece of kit. Here they are, with more after the jump.

The CdS meter may be dead but at least I can go ahead and shoot manually.

The counter still works, and it still has its crown. This is usually the first part that falls off.

The Olympus PEN D2 has a 32mm lens with a fast aperture of f/1.9.

The small window displays the exposure value or EV. Keep the EV constant and you can play around with shutter speed/aperture combos.

Eyed with suspicion. Cat is not impressed. He'd rather have a fish.