I've finally put my first roll (of Fuji Superia 400 colour neg) film through my little Olympus EES-2. And I've gotta say right off the bat, I'm thrilled!
As you can see from the proof sheet above, I got 53 (mostly) beautifully exposed wee gems - all sharp, with great colour. I must say I was slightly worried, since the Pen had light seals that were reasonably suspect - but there was no problem with light leaks whatsoever.
The thing that struck me initially was the incredible quietness of the shutter release. Just a very faint 'snick' when you push the shutter and the image is taken. Then a very short flick of the thumb on the wheel at the back (very nicely placed btw) to move the film along - it's only half-frame remember - and you're good to go again. Ergonomically beautiful - a perfect mix of Japanese design and the modern mantra 'form follows function'.
Having got the film developed (process and proof only - no prints), I scanned the negs on my Epson V700 Photo Scanner - at 2400dpi, giving me a print size from the half frame of approx. 13cm x 17cm at 300dpi. I could go back and scan any individual negs at a higher resolution if I needed to - but 2400dpi is probably enough to upsize the half frame neg to at least 8x12' - which is about as big as I would print unless I needed something for exhibition.
My experiences with the other Olympus compact I got on Trademe is, however, less positive. Unfortunately, try as I might, I can't get the camera to work! The Olympus 35ED is battery dependent (unlike the Pen EES-2), and it seems like I've got a dud. Can't really do much, because I purchased the camera without batteries and sold 'as is'. Oh well, you win some (Pen EES-2) and you loose some (Olympus 35ED).
Not daunted by this however, I've just purchased another Olympus - a 'Trip 35' on Trademe (also sold 'as is' - but the guy claims it's working). The Trip 35 is very similar to my Pen - no batteries :-) and uses exactly the same focusing system. It's basically a Pen that uses a standard 35mm format. Looking forward to shooting with the Trip as well.
I've loaded a roll of Kodak Black and White 400cn (C41 colour processed black and white) 36 shoot film in the EES-2 now (which should give me around 75(ish) shots. Might take a while to get through that many images - depending on what I get up to this weekend. Will definitely post images from that roll once it's shot and developed. Good times with film!