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Half Frame Face Full - The Olympus Pen EE-2 Close Up Lens

Half Frame Face Full - The Olympus Pen EE-2 Close Up Lens

I impulse bought my Olympus Pen EE-2 from eBay around a year ago. A half-frame fixed focus camera from around 1969. Despite being so simple it took me a few months, and a few rolls of film, to start getting really nice photos out of it.

I realised that the Pen EE-2 demands one thing, simplicity: A picture of a glorious Finnish landscape looks like total crap, but a flash photo of my brother in a South London pub looks awesome.

Then I found Tripman who sell Olympus Trips and Trip accessories. The Pen EE-2 is the weird older brother of the cult classic Olympus Trip, and takes filters with the same 43.5 mm thread. I splashed out the £15 and got an original in box 30 cm close-up lens.

I'd never used a close-up lens before, as far as I can tell, you just point it at something that is whatever distance it says on the lens (in my case 30 cm). Our friends were getting married that weekend so I took the Pen EE-2, loaded up a film, whacked on a flash and screwed on my new lens.

Taking inspiration from a video I watched about Bruce Gilden, when the lights went out and Basket Case came on, I stuck my camera in the reveller's faces and blasted them. The results are bloody great.

This is what the Pen EE-2 wants, half a frame full of face!

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