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  • Technology Connections
    Technology Connections  2 ай бұрын +1271

    One note about selenium light cells: they wear out with use and time. There are plenty of these cameras out there where the cell isn't as sensitive so it over-exposes everything, or sometimes the cell is completely dead and the camera won't let you take a picture.
    That said... I'm not entirely convinced this is so common as to be expected. You might have noticed there are... more than three of these cameras littered about. I have purchased several cameras listed as non-functioning or "for parts" or whatever and I personally have only encountered one which had a worn cell (it's actually the cell you see disembodied in this video). I suppose I could just be quite lucky, but one of those parts cameras was absolutely trashed - rusty, moldy, and seized up - but the needle was just as perky as the rest!
    Specifically with this design, if the aperture blades cannot open, the shutter interlock / red flag does not work. That makes a lot of people presume that the camera is dead. But! If the shutter still fires, you can usually test the meter's integrity by shining a bright light into the lens and listening for that faster shutter speed. If it's changing speeds on its own, the light cell and meter are working - but the stuck aperture mechanism might fool you into thinking it's not.

    • V8Snail
      V8Snail 24 күн бұрын

      It is an acronym. Geneva's International Organisation for Standardisation.

    • Aleks L
      Aleks L 26 күн бұрын

      i dont understand any of this

    • ghw7192
      ghw7192 Ай бұрын

      I managed a camera store for 16 years and we found that sometimes a dead or lazy selenium meter could be "shocked" back to life be exposing them to direct sunlight for a period of time. I have a few Gossen and Sekonik meters where this has worked. I also have a Petri 7S from the mid 60's that has a working around the lens that still has a working selenium meter, but I also have dead ones.

    • Carlos Lindarte
      Carlos Lindarte Ай бұрын

      Wow! You always deliver great content, but it’s been a while since you brought us the beautiful engineering behind the mechanical components of consumer “electronics” of mid 20th century. I haven’t been this happy since your episode going over the mechanics of the jukebox! Thank you!

    • samuel Woodouse
      samuel Woodouse Ай бұрын

      What's the camera model

  • Paul Serdiuk
    Paul Serdiuk 2 ай бұрын +1295

    The scene where you mentioned buying two of them and I noticed there are FOUR of the things in the frame and the light sensor of a fifth was absolutely hilarious. That's dedication.

    • Mr.Nerd3.14
      Mr.Nerd3.14 2 күн бұрын +1

      I count 5 of the pen cameras, and the Trip 35 full-frame camera in the final shot.

    • UK CardCast
      UK CardCast 14 күн бұрын +1

      @Captain Jack I definitely counted 6 at one point - in one shot, you can just see the bottom on one above his head.

    • stella mcwick
      stella mcwick Ай бұрын

      @Lizlodude , I think there’s only four. In the wide shot, there is one on the shelf above him but only one on the desk with him at the time

    • Captain Jack
      Captain Jack Ай бұрын +1

      😂Ok so I'm not the only one that notice he had ➡6 cameras⬅. 😊I agree with him that he is a little obsessed with these cameras.

    • Mixer Fistit
      Mixer Fistit Ай бұрын +2

      @todd richards scrolled looking for FOUR LIGHTS comments lol close enough

  • youtuuba
    youtuuba 2 ай бұрын +114

    When I was 5 years old, my father got a state department job in Japan, so our young family packed up and moved there to live for several years. My folks has little expendable income, by my mother insisted on buying a new Japanese camera for herself to use for all the family & touristy things she envisioned. Being frugal, she wanted to conserve on film costs, and selected the Olympus Pen (this would have been around 1963) as it did the half frame exposure and also was simple and nearly foolproof to use, and reliable.
    Later, we moved to Europe and lived in three different places for many years, and she hauled the Pen camera all over, taking lots of photos.
    Recently, I spent a few months scanning all the old family slides, and found a few thousand of the half frame slides (my mother never seemed to have a problem with the photo labs being able to detect, appropriately process, and correctly frame the smaller slides). There was not even a single poor exposure in the lot, and they were all in focus. She still owns the camera, but has not used it in many decades.

    • youtuuba
      youtuuba 17 күн бұрын +3

      @PT , I don't know. He never talked about it. I know he had a secondary duty to make certain announcements on the Armed Forces radio network (Pacific), but that was not his main reason for being there. He had previously had a couple of duties at Cape Canaveral related to the early Air Force missile program, so I thought he might have been given some related duty in the Pacific region.

    • PT
      PT 18 күн бұрын +1

      Hi. What was your father's state job in Japan if i may ask?

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  • Dana Kitsune
    Dana Kitsune 3 күн бұрын +2

    Ive always been in the market for a Half-Frame camera and you sold me on the Olympus-Pen so I managed to track down a ESS3 model. Its only just arrived but it seems like quite a sturdy camera for what it is and I cant wait to use it around christmas time

  • yomi001
    yomi001 2 ай бұрын +384

    Hey Alec. I'm astonished that you took apart these cameras, filmed close-ups of their intricate mechanisms, learned how they work, and explained it all so clearly. Fantastic work! I really appreciate the efforts that went into producing this video.

    • ghost man scores
      ghost man scores Ай бұрын

      he does his homework

    • J Shoe
      J Shoe Ай бұрын

      @Oxy Bright Dark Totally agree. This was a really nice video. Educational and enjoyable.

    • theAstarrr
      theAstarrr Ай бұрын +2

      He does this kind of stuff a lot! He breaks things apart or at least tries to get a look inside them. Enjoy his backlog of videos

    • Another Duck
      Another Duck 2 ай бұрын +1

      I'm pretty good at the first part.

    • Oxy Bright Dark
      Oxy Bright Dark 2 ай бұрын +5

      If you're new here, you might like some other stuff- Alec is really good at doing this!

  • Travis Johnson
    Travis Johnson 2 ай бұрын +70

    I'll never get sick of the magic of buying two
    Edit: I'm blown away! Next level magic in this episode, could have never seen this coming!

  • fluffy
    fluffy 2 ай бұрын +2413

    It's funny how back in the day nobody wanted to hold their camera vertically to get a landscape shot, and today nobody wants to hold their phone horizontally to get a landscape video.
    Also, wow, this camera has so many clever bits in it.

    • Sine Nomine
      Sine Nomine 6 күн бұрын

      @p be but cameras were limited by their design in the past. There's no reason every digital camera shouldn't let you take photos in any dimension in the most comfortable orientation. It might mean being forced to use a lower resolution, but why not let people have the choice? Nobody needs 32 MP really...

    • Vinemaple
      Vinemaple 15 күн бұрын

      You made my night with that observation

    • Bill Keith Channel
      Bill Keith Channel 26 күн бұрын

      If a cell phone was designed to be landscape as the default this might not be the case. Putting buttons in the same area as a physical camera would make that feel instinctive.

    • Don Best
      Don Best Ай бұрын

      @Tom Servo In the 80s,90s when I made videos I always used sp speed recording to video and never zoomed in to much on subject and also recorded stuff close to center of screen as much as possible because I knew 6×9 displays would be coming in future,so when I converted videos to digital I could crop top and bottom and won't lose anything.I have old family videos from the 80s and 90s converted to 6×9,looks great.

    • Tom Servo
      Tom Servo Ай бұрын

      @PlaylistArchive "cuts off everything important " , most people keep the important stuff in center of the frame, not everything needs the Ansel Adams treatment

  • Steven Don
    Steven Don 2 ай бұрын +104

    Ooh, as a kid I had a Trip 35, which used to be my mum's. The light sensor was such a distinctive feature with its honeycomb structure. Always wondered about how that worked. And now, almost 35 years later, I learned :)

    • Denny Rulos
      Denny Rulos 11 күн бұрын

      I am rocking a Trip 35 right now! It used to be my great grandfathers and still works like a charm.

    • Tom Forsyth
      Tom Forsyth Ай бұрын +4

      As a kid, I also had a Trip 35, which was my grandma's, and then handed down to me. And yup - it was incredibly kid-proof. A genius bit of design. I wish I'd known about the EES though - double the shots would have been very useful!

  • L̴i̴n̴a̴ C̴h̴a̴tT ̴ -m̴e̴- 👉t@p

    For the background of the design choices for this camera, look up the designer: Yoshihisa Maitani. He was a passionate photographer and felt that the half frame format let him take twice as many pictures for the same cost. He also designed other influential Olympus cameras including the OM1 and the XA series.

  • Will Metz
    Will Metz 2 күн бұрын

    I know it’s completely different complexity but this automatic tech works so much better than the infrared autofocus on my Sony video 8 af

  • Maikeru Go
    Maikeru Go 2 ай бұрын +26

    Sort of tangential, but I've thought about the reason why the current era has returned to taking photos vertically on their phones (and has started taking vertical videos) is a matter of general ergonomics and the push for thinner devices with larger displays. So while nearly every smartphone prior to the iPhone 6 was a lot easier to hold one-handed, in either orientation, the iPhone 6 was the first phone to really be hazardous to hold in landscape orientation due to it coming in a fairly large size, having a rounded bezel, and being made of slippery, expensive materials that happen to take dropping kind of poorly.

    FRANKLY P's DUMPING GROUND 2 ай бұрын +60

    Your videos are so solid, they could be a PBS Saturday afternoon kids' science show from the 1980s. Seriously. They could be popped right into that kind of situation. Most of these TC productions could be easily edited into a typical half-hour slot (as on my local PBS stations in the 80s, the "filler" to take up any airtime slack would be AUBREY cartoons) 🤖👽🤖👽🤖👽👺

    • Vinemaple
      Vinemaple 15 күн бұрын +1

      He's even got the look--I do appreciate that I know a video is his because the thumbnail always has his backdrop in it

    • Aaron Brandenburg
      Aaron Brandenburg 2 ай бұрын +1

      Yes agree about his videos I'd rather watch this any day over just about anything else well besides other videos about content that would be beneficial to my own knowledge but there is so much crap on KZclip that's not even worth watching so this is one channel that when you realize something's crap just switch to this or something else that's a lot more solid and of more entertainment and knowledge which is kind of one in the same for me just because of my interest and how much I'm into things honestly I'd rather watch video and actually learn something instead of the crap out there for certain.
      Who says you can't learn anything on the Internet or on KZclip honestly

  • Hubert Den Draak
    Hubert Den Draak Ай бұрын +9

    Wow, that brought back memories... Even the sound of that camera's shutter. My mom had this camera in the late '60s. It was indestructible, and my first introduction to photography and much later going pro. Always wondered how it worked, and now I know. Respect.

  • Greg Blake
    Greg Blake 2 ай бұрын +12

    It's really interesting how engineering hasn't changed at it's core much despite wrapping many more layers of abstraction around it through high tech. Clever ways of implementing feedback using minimal complexity has a certain sense of purity to it.

  • uNpOpuLArOpInION69
    uNpOpuLArOpInION69 2 күн бұрын

    I’m very interested to know how long these selenium cells will last producing a charge??

  • Mike P
    Mike P 2 ай бұрын +221

    For the background of the design choices for this camera, look up the designer: Yoshihisa Maitani. He was a passionate photographer and felt that the half frame format let him take twice as many pictures for the same cost. He also designed other influential Olympus cameras including the OM1 and the XA series.

    • Bart Van Leeuwen
      Bart Van Leeuwen 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Peter Meehan the XA is a brilliant little gem.

    • Peter Meehan
      Peter Meehan 2 ай бұрын +3

      While I love the OM series, the ingeniousness of the XA (such as their having to use a "reverse retrofocus" lens design to be able to fit it under the sliding cover, and the sheer audacity of implementing a rangefinder mechanism AND aperture control in a camera THAT small) along with its utterly unique look (with its iconic Big Red Button), make it one of my favourite examples of industrial design of all time.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 ай бұрын +4

      It's always nice to see someone create a product because they themselves would like to use it.

    • Bart Van Leeuwen
      Bart Van Leeuwen 2 ай бұрын +7

      Yes, Maitani was a passionate photographer, and that shows in many of his designs, and design choices.
      It is part of why even the 'point and shoot' PEN models have those excellent optics. I own many of the cameras he designed, including a fully working OM1 and a PEN FT (which sadly is defective now, suffering from a jammed mechanism which is a real pain to repair).

    • jrevillug
      jrevillug 2 ай бұрын +9

      And, of course, the XA-1 has the same selenium light sensor and metering setup, complete with the red flag.

  • Pinko Productions
    Pinko Productions 2 ай бұрын +29

    I've got a trip 35 and I've always wondered about that light meter! Thank you for this, and every video you've made here. Constantly filling me with the awe and wonder that I know fuels this channel. Absolutely wonderful

  • Ultrahest
    Ultrahest 2 ай бұрын +8

    There's something magical about these old mechanical solutions to seemingly impossible problems. Absolutely incredible!

  • Rabbit Enjoyer
    Rabbit Enjoyer 2 ай бұрын +4

    As a mechanical engineer who has designed precision tools and fixtures, I must commend you on your explanation of the feeler mechanism. Excellent work!!

  • Gzalo
    Gzalo 2 ай бұрын +13

    Wow! Really interesting mechanism. I just had the realization that the mechanisms that traps the light meter needle is a mechanical equivalent to the "sample and hold" circuit, that's how they buffer and sample the low power/force "signal" from the needle

    • zinckensteel
      zinckensteel 2 ай бұрын

      I was hoping he'd get into explaining each of the steps on the second "sensor plate" where each ledge/step is the same width as the galvanometer needle - it certainly looks like it is meant for a finer resolution beyond just high range or low range.

  • Clinton R
    Clinton R 2 ай бұрын +433

    In my decades as an Olympus tech, I worked on literally 1000's of these -- they were actually quite popular.
    All in all, a remarkably well presented program. One minor point -- what you call "feelers" are typically referred to as "step cams". And I could provide some tricks for setting focus.

    • Bart Van Leeuwen
      Bart Van Leeuwen Ай бұрын

      @AplaTaSpaw if the film transport is stuck, and that isn't a simple case of it already having been wound and ready for the next shot... you need someone with good mechanical skills to look at the camera. Check Olympus for the service manual if you are that person yourself, it has the details you need for doing a repair.
      A common cause however is debris from light seals ending up in the mechanism. If that is what has happened to yours, it might still be fixable, but that often is a very involved repair, requiring complete dismanteling and rebuilding of the winding and shutter mechanism.

    • AplaTaSpaw
      AplaTaSpaw Ай бұрын

      Oh no my film is stuck help step cam

    • Cole Langford
      Cole Langford Ай бұрын

      @Figment how are they better if you have glasses? I, as a glasses wielding fellow, would like to know.

    • Terence Jay
      Terence Jay 2 ай бұрын +2

      I had a photo business with a busy used-camera section. I had one of these myself, and they never stayed on the shelf for long. Often people would bring in Grandads 'old cameras'. Trips were popular and it was a treat to find a half-frame. ( And the odd Leica.. )

    • Bart Van Leeuwen
      Bart Van Leeuwen 2 ай бұрын

      @Kaitlyn L There are 2 problems actually.
      - Getting the display/focus screen in focus (ideally with your eyes focusing for infinity). This is easier with an EVF, and much helped with a diopter adjustment.
      - Being able to see the entire frame. This can still be an issue with modern EVFs.
      The problem is this is always a compromise. Too long eye relief causes problems for people without glasses (eye strain, difficulty centering the frame, light leakage), too short means unusable with glasses.
      With many classic SLRs, you get a protective rubberized ring of sorts around the viewfinder (and its usable with just that), and have a variety of optional eye cups, the ones you typically want for use with glasses are both flatter (to get closer to the viewfinder), and wider, so to keep stray light out of your eye.
      I have a Hasselblad 500 around with a 45 degree angle finder... Of course Hasselblad doesn't care about how big things get, so they just solved this by providing very generous eye relief and a giant replacable eye cup, which is really adaptable to whatever needs you happen to have (including correction lenses and such)

  • Jesse Lim Jia Nian
    Jesse Lim Jia Nian 6 күн бұрын

    Simple but magical mechanism

  • LethalogicaX
    LethalogicaX 2 ай бұрын +13

    Absolutely fascinating video! I was immediately perplexed by this system and the order in which you presented its components was amazing! Left me guessing right up until the very end when it left me literally screaming "holy **** that's so cool" at my computer screen :P Even to someone who knows nothing about cameras and photos, such as myself, you managed to break this down into something that was incredibly easy to digest and fully understand, truly great job on the video!
    Also, I'm kind of sad that I forgot to watch with subtitles on, at least up until the very end bloops when I remembered, and I'm sooo glad I did! The post bloop subtitles are one of the best things about your videos, and even as someone who's ears work perfectly fine, I reeeeally appreciate the effort that goes into your manual subtitles :D

    • h8GWBî
      h8GWBî Ай бұрын

      I absolutely hate it when I stumble upon a video that doesn't even have automatic subtitles. Like how much lazier can you get as a KZclipr?
      Sometimes I'm not sure if I heard something correctly -especially when playing at 2x speed- and I like to check the auto sub's interpretation for a second opinion.

  • Earthling
    Earthling 2 ай бұрын +12

    I'm not even interested in cameras but I'm here for appreciating the ingenious and creative engineering behind such amazing innovations. Marvelous work Alec 👏

    • alida flus
      alida flus 2 ай бұрын

      hand. Coupled with on-camera flash guns, we could shoot rapidly all night long.

  • PSPbrtag
    PSPbrtag 2 ай бұрын +3

    I got one cheap from someone who was selling it years ago and I was super impressed with how well it worked and calibrated light analogically for something from the 60's. I'm even more impressed now, to think all the little moving parts still do their job 50 years after.

  • Jon Freilich
    Jon Freilich 2 ай бұрын +601

    Half-frame 35mm is larger and better resolution than Kodak Disc, so I don't think its failure to catch on was a quality issue. And composing pictures in a vertical format doesn't seem to be an issue for most people (smartphones have shown that, for better or worse). So it's surprising that this was a niche format, you would think less fumbling with loading film would have been a big selling point.

    • Natively Born American
      Natively Born American 2 ай бұрын

      I had a disc camera. I really HATED the print quality.

    • hommebase
      hommebase 2 ай бұрын

      In the 80s my mom had a modern version of a split-frame camera. It was extremely convenient for travelling and taking a lot of pictures (which was part of her job doing research). The limitation was developing - not every film place would do it, and sometimes they'd be done really badly (like just half-sized photos). Was always a bit hit and miss. And the quality wasn't great using 400 film (which was the most widely available). It just wasn't as forgiving as a more robust 35MM point and shoot.

    • Blau
      Blau 2 ай бұрын

      @raytrevor1 They (smartphones) ARE designed to have as little grip as possible. So that people drop and break them more easily, and then replace them. Also in order to sell more cases.

    • Mike Mouradian
      Mike Mouradian 2 ай бұрын +1

      School film strip projectors were half frame. I made many film strips for my classes while teaching science and photography.

    • kFY
      kFY 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Dribbleondo Google's requirements for Android (or actually should I say, Google Mobile Services) licensing actually state that any cameras a smartphone has, MUST have the same orientation (i.e. portrait vs. landscape) as the screen, and therefore the phone's body. I guess they know what they're doing - this PEN doesn't follow this convention, which probably tipped people off.
      Come to think of it... Maybe this precise requirement is the reason for the awkward aspect ratios of Android foldables? I mean, if they opened from portrait into landscape, the cameras couldn't stay in the right orientation for both screens. So they make them so skinny so that they could stay in the same orientation when opened. Maybe.

  • To The GAMES
    To The GAMES 2 ай бұрын +3

    This is one of my most favorite and generally underrated cameras. Had the same aperture blade issue too. And also fixed it the same way :)
    Its actually very common on the old analog camera's.

  • Ryan Boyer
    Ryan Boyer 2 ай бұрын +2

    This, like so many of your shows, vividly displays how ingenius humans can be when confronted with engineering limitations. Makes you really appreciate that old tech versus today, which is just PLUG IT INTO A PCB AND WE'LL DO IT WITH A PROGRAM. Certainly easier, and it certainly enables a vast panoply of options that past engineers couldn't even imagine, but there's artistry in that old stuff -- and repairability.

  • InfinitiveZ
    InfinitiveZ Ай бұрын

    wow, this brings back memories. I remember my grandmother had one of these and she used to take her reels to a kodak booth that later closed down. And after awhile, the film became almost impossible to get developed correctly at walgreens.
    She also had this compact beige rectangle sort of camera that you'd push one end and the lense would pop up from the other. To this day I wish I knew what it was called / who made it. As a kid, I always thought it was a transformer as it had so many moving parts.

  • Kaitlyn L
    Kaitlyn L 2 ай бұрын +2

    Oh hey, I correctly guessed how all of the mechanism worked! I didn’t guess the _layout,_ but still. Quite pleased with that.
    Admittedly I already knew how those light-meters worked, and indeed they are the same as a thermocouple-based electronic thermometer, just with light instead of heat. So I had a head-start, and didn’t have to guess anything about the first half.
    Still, definitely pleased with guessing that they used the needle, and some mechanism to interrupt the aperture plates based on the needle’s position :)

  • Drew
    Drew 2 ай бұрын +1

    I’ve got a PenD2 that I love. But this thing is brilliant. Midcentury analog engineering has fascinated me as long as I can remember. Great video, as always!

  • Ionro
    Ionro 2 ай бұрын +1

    I've got the Olympus Trip35, the full frame camera of these PENs. Lovely camera, easy to use, beautiful mechanics, and now I know how it really works!
    Lovely video!

  • cdl0
    cdl0 2 ай бұрын +2

    *Good video and an excellent explanation.* Some cameras, such as the Konica EE-matic Deluxe (c. 1964) had an even more complicated mechanism, based on similar, trapped needle metering principles, that varied both the shutter speed and aperture simultaneously, according to a kind of mechanical 'program'. For the Konica, the shutter speed is displayed in the viewfinder. It also included rangefinder focusing. See also my reply on selenium cells to TC's pinned comment.

  • tsbrownie
    tsbrownie 2 ай бұрын +1

    Really excellent tear-down/explanation. I remember those Pens. They had a big amateur following. I had a different model that had a solar cells around the lens. Got it free because it had quit working and cost too much to repair. Later Nikon blew minds when they came out with their add on prism with the built in exposure meter. Ah yes, the "good old days" are only good for those not there.

  • Uberfish
    Uberfish 19 күн бұрын +1

    Thank you for showing not only an interesting camera, but the absolute genius of the engineers of the time. The shutter mechanism bringing together the light sensor, apature control and even preventing waste of film on low light situations is incredible. Yeah, we can do it easier today with microprocessors, but doing it all mechanically with a little photoelectric cell, incredible!

  • CheeseParis
    CheeseParis 2 ай бұрын +1

    This will be one of my favorite video of yours, congratulations! This camera is so smart for its time and you show it in the smartest way!

  • Leon Close
    Leon Close 2 ай бұрын +1

    My grandfather gave me a Trip 35 probably 25 years ago, and remember being fascinated by this system as a kid. I got that it was solar powered, but that was as far as my understanding went. I love the little window in the viewfinder that lets you see the pictograms that indicate focal length.

  • Ptao Tom
    Ptao Tom 2 ай бұрын

    Love these old camera mechanisms! The wind-up shutter speed mechanism on on large-format lenses is fantastic, the sound it makes is dreamy!

  • NEWQ
    NEWQ 2 ай бұрын +293

    The nice thing about getting Patreon early access to these videos is I can check out eBay for the camera in question before there's a huge rush to buy them all when the video goes public.

    • Ahuizotl Xiuhcoatl
      Ahuizotl Xiuhcoatl 20 күн бұрын

      @Rena Kunisaki I'm a month late. I was going to type literally the same thing when I saw that.

    • senorverde09
      senorverde09 2 ай бұрын

      They've been overpriced since the early 2010 Lomography hipster boom

    • Rena Kunisaki
      Rena Kunisaki 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Clay3613 literally pay2win smh

    • Charlie H
      Charlie H 2 ай бұрын

      Good thing I ended up buying an EES-2 about two weeks ago!

    • Nut Bastard
      Nut Bastard 2 ай бұрын +6

      @Nate The good news about the Sunbeam toasters is people will go to great lengths to maintain and repair them, so the supply remains relatively stable, though as with all things, it will diminish slowly over time.
      I still want one of the damn things and I'm not even particularly fond of toast.

  • Em Wintle
    Em Wintle Ай бұрын +1

    Fantastic! I’m amazed at how they found mechanical ways to do these things! The elegance of the design is thrilling. I wish we could interview the engineers/wizards that made these things possible.
    Thank you for showing us these gorgeous artifacts in your always perfectly paced and clear style. I love this channel.

  • Mr Sansen
    Mr Sansen 2 ай бұрын

    I inherited an old automatic Ricoh that had the "honeycomb sensor" and I kinda wondered how it worked but never delved into it. Your explanation made excellent sense. Very enjoyable!

  • Alex
    Alex 2 ай бұрын

    Absolutely loved this. Really insightful video into a really clever mechanism. Excellent video 🙂

  • Christof Schwarz
    Christof Schwarz 14 күн бұрын +1

    I work as a mechanical engineer in CAD for a consumer product company. And my admiration for the engineers, who designed mechanisms like these (or the automatic record changers) is endless. Even IF I would have to build such complex mechanisms on my CAD, It would not be a problem at all to finetune or at least look for weak points in these mechanisms before building prototypes. But doing all that on a manual drawing board? With multiple layers and everything? Just incredible.

  • Internet Person
    Internet Person 2 ай бұрын +156

    That feeler mechanism is brilliant. I could not imagine how that tiny needle with almost no strength to it could affect the aperture in any appreciable way. Well done, 1960s engineers!

    • zachary carlson
      zachary carlson 2 ай бұрын

      Its genius because the needle doesnt need any strength... the first lever holds it in place to stop it jiggling if the camera is being handheld, the second lever selects the appropriate position by just just touching it, i imagine the mechanism uses levers and springs to translate the larger amount of force needed to move the aperature blades to the ever so tiny amount of pressure needed for the selector to stop when it touches the needle ever so slightly, the fact this is 1960s tech, all mechanical and robust enough to be in a camera that will get held in a hand while moving, slung in a camera bag or around someones neck while at the beach or something is quite impressive, especially since outside of some gunk after 40 years and the off chance that the selenium cell may wear out and cause the mechanism to stop working. these cameras just, work. Quite impressive.

    • kgb gb
      kgb gb 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Emily Adams I sometimes find it easier to get people to remember which way around the its/it's distinction goes by showing them that it fits in with a general pattern:
      Possessive adjectives don't have apostrophes: my, your, his/her/its, our, your, their. Nor do possessive pronouns: mine, yours, his/hers/its, ours, yours, theirs.
      But contractions of the verb 'to be' do have apostrophes, to indicate the missing letters: I'm, you're, he's/she's/it's, we're, you're, they're. So do contractions of 'to have': I've, you've, he's/she's/it's, we've, you've, they've.
      Once they've seen that, they're less likely to see the its/it's distinction as an arbitrary decision that someone has made and is trying to force them to follow. (It also brings in the distinction in spelling of their and they're, which for many people - though not me, as it happens - are homophones. And your and you're, for that matter.)

    • kgb gb
      kgb gb 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Cameron Webster There used to be a usenet group for English Language nerds called alt.possessive.its.has.no.apostrophe. Since you aren't allowed to have apostrophes in usenet group names, that lets you work it out. If it were the other way around, they'd have had to call it alt.possessive.it's.has.an.apostrophe, which would be illegal!

    • Emily Adams
      Emily Adams 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Cameron Webster Possessive = its = Belonging to something. Example: The car stopped cos its engine exploded.
      It's = contraction of "it is".
      Switching the two is like saying "The car stopped cos it is engine exploded." I don't even know what "Its an expensive repair" would mean, if read literally.

    • Cameron Webster
      Cameron Webster 2 ай бұрын +3

      @Emily Adams I can never remember which one is the plural and which one is the possessive for "it".

  • Hello Kitty Fan Man
    Hello Kitty Fan Man Ай бұрын

    Wow, this camera has quite a clever design from a time when I would've figured that we had no such technology!

  • Alex D
    Alex D Ай бұрын

    I have one of these at home and it’s so much fun! I always wondered how it worked and now I love it even more

  • Justin Kelley
    Justin Kelley 2 ай бұрын +1

    That needle and feeler system is very interesting, thanks for doing what you do!

  • Облако
    Облако 2 ай бұрын

    Incredible technology as always. Thanks for showing us these awesome pieces of engineering!

  • JackClayton123
    JackClayton123 2 ай бұрын +1

    I remember this camera when I was young. Pretty compact for a 35mm. Though, I did have a couple of Minolta 16’s (“spy” cameras) that were pretty handy, but getting the film developed was a bit of a hassle.

  • The Geeky Gardener
    The Geeky Gardener 2 ай бұрын +1

    Awesome. After being scared of selenium cell degradation, I opted for the new Kodak Ektar H35 Half Frame camera as my first jump into half frames. I might have to revisit the Pen.

  • Raj Jaiswal
    Raj Jaiswal Ай бұрын

    I love retro tech like these.
    So smart that you're gonna be amazed finding how it works
    but not as complex to overwhelm you

  • randy25rhoads
    randy25rhoads 2 ай бұрын

    I have a half-frame, 35mm Kyocera Samurai SLR, and I freakin love it. It’s a camcorder-looking SLR with an integrated flash and built-in zoom lens. I’m not at all a fan of that “all in one” form factor, but there’s something incredibly endearing about them. They’re accurate, compact, reliable, and versatile.

  • Michael Steeves
    Michael Steeves 2 ай бұрын +334

    As an electrical engineer, I just love these intricate mechanical movements! I learned photography in the early 1980's, so I saw the transition between fully mechanical and electronically controlled cameras.

    • zachary carlson
      zachary carlson 2 ай бұрын

      @blurglide Wow kinda a big reaction the vgamesx1... i get that his answer was obvious and even i knew what you meant, but you did incorrectly say "no electronics available" instead of small enough and advanced enough electronics. Before getting offended and firing off vitriol at him maybe take stock of what you said when you said "context matters". people will take things literally.
      Though you are correct, taking the whole electronics did exist argument and tossing it out the window, the electronics needed to perform the function of deciding aperature size and shutter speed automatically in this form, they didn't exist, i mean transistors had just barely been created at the time and they werent cheap, nor efficient, if they had somehow succeeded this camera would have been almost twice the size and needed some real battery to be able to run, still would have been impressive, but this solving it mechanically thing is much more impressive.

    • zachary carlson
      zachary carlson 2 ай бұрын

      @OvertravelX oh my yes, i got started with the mechanical setups of older elevators from schindler like the wheel the otis carrier train and selector tape, and caught some videos of older telephone switching mechanisms and its just flabbergasting, especially since at least with the elevator controllers they still tend to work, i know a lot have gone to scrap, but theres still some floating around... shame that ion todays world people think its just better to retro fit the systems with basic crappy logic, that doesnt make the elevator better or more efficient it just makes it slightly more reliable with no more 40 year old components and slightly easier to repair when all you have to do is watch a log and see why the elevator safety braked, much easier to just see a log that says door interlock trip, instead of having to go through all the relays, reset the entire controller and see if the fault can be replicated. still sad though, always fun watching the relays go click and clack as the elevator picked up calls.

    • Gaming On The Spectrum
      Gaming On The Spectrum 2 ай бұрын

      And now you are seeing the transition to fully electronic mirrorless cameras and smartphones

    • Sam Chaney
      Sam Chaney 2 ай бұрын +1

      It's funny, I just made almost the exact same comment as you before I saw yours, but from the perspective of a mechanical engineer.

    • Unbiased
      Unbiased 2 ай бұрын +5

      That transitional period had the best of all worlds. I'm still amazed at 80's and 90's tech with highly intricate mechanics paired with the highly advanced electronics of that era, intertwined with digital. Not to mention there was always a real electrical transformer inside. Awesome!

  • Cassidy Hansen
    Cassidy Hansen 14 күн бұрын

    So you're telling me we had peak camera technology 60 years ago, wow. Sir, I am always immensely entertained by your videos. Thank you!

  • Info Disco
    Info Disco 2 ай бұрын

    Another incredible video, thanks so much!
    As much as I love the digital age and the power computers represent to us, I can't help but feel that we're loosing something meaningful regarding the *relative* simplicity as well as reliability of both mechanical and analog technology.

  • solracer66
    solracer66 2 ай бұрын

    Back when I was a kid in 1968 my parents gave me my first good camera, an Olympus EEM "Quickmatic" 126 camera that looks very similar to the Trip 35 except for the addition of a flash cube mount. It had an electric motor drive, the same lens as the Trip 35 it appears with the exception that the ASA was set automatically by the 126 film cartridge installed (for those not familiar with it 126 film was single perforated 35mm film with square photos). Now you are probably wondering why I'm so specific about the camera 50+ years later well the reason is because I have it in my hand right now with a partially exposed film cartridge still installed! It powers up fine when I put batteries in, perhaps one day I will shoot the rest of the roll of Kodacolor and see if anything comes out!

  • Anatexis
    Anatexis 17 күн бұрын

    Wow, this was fascinating. Just this summer, I came into contact with a camera from the 60's that operates just like the one described here. It just works like it was brand new. I wondered how such an ancient camera used no batteries at all and yet still had automatic exposure. I noticed the lensy bits on the front and supsected some form of a solar panel, but I had no idea about the mechanical intricacies. Thanks for clearing that up!

  • no
    no 2 ай бұрын +153

    This channel continues to amaze me. It really satisfies my 'engineerguy' itch with the in-depth explanations. The delivery always has such enthusiasm and its coupled with witty sarcasm. Please keep up the great content!

  • Ok Ok
    Ok Ok 2 ай бұрын +2

    Thank you, Alec. There's nothing quite like watching one of your videos. Please don't stop.

  • Ideas Box
    Ideas Box 2 ай бұрын

    I have a pretty decent camera collection, many of them have selenium cell meters. I have found that a few of them have drifted over the years as the cell degrades but i simply calibrate them with my dslr by setting the older cameras at whichever ASA setting (yes, it was ASA not ISO in the old days, same scale so same thing really) gives the correct reading. Great vid though, keep 'em coming.

  • gyu
    gyu 2 ай бұрын +2

    This is the third time in a row I've randomly decided to check this channel and discovered a new video was uploaded in the previous 24 hours. Weird how this keeps happening. Thanks for the effort/hard work, it's appreciated.

  • Adam Hostetler
    Adam Hostetler 2 ай бұрын

    I love seeing these old mechanical solutions to problems that we now solve digitally. Simply brilliant.

  • Yet Another Michael
    Yet Another Michael 2 ай бұрын +150

    You’re coming dangerously close to getting me into analog photography

    • Jordan Toth
      Jordan Toth 2 ай бұрын +1

      It’s so satisfying to use film, it’s a sensation of using physical means (including yourself) to Mac a photograph… not just an unacceptable string of 1s and 0s.

    • Bond, Gabe Bond
      Bond, Gabe Bond 2 ай бұрын +2

      @Marc Kyle Where? They don't exist where I live. Film will die out as fast as the vinyl. The only way I can do this is strictly through mail order or driving 60 miles to a camera store, if they offer the service.
      While station in the Philippines in the early 70s, we had a photo hobby shop where we could develop black and while, print black and white and develop color Ektachrome slides. That was fun and convenient. Now I do it all home with my computers and color printers. If I was a pro and did portrait photography I would get back my Mamiya RB67. Maybe even play with a 5x7 and 8x10 view cameras. But my game in the military was news style photography. Being overseas a number of times and in different states offered lots of opportunities for great photography, mostly for memories and people I met. Now I am into grandkids and family stuff. I would say the best time I had was doing news style photos. Nothing is ever the same, you meet new people all the time, and find yourself immersed in activities like young airmen working on fighter jets, etc. Might even find yourself at the DMZ between North and South Korea or tripping to Mt. Fuji. That was my life.

    • Marc Kyle
      Marc Kyle 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Bond, Gabe Bond And you could drive up to one like you're making a burger run and pick up your developed roll and prints a few days later. Or buy film and flashbulbs and camera batteries there too. Or disposable cameras. I miss them.

    • Bond, Gabe Bond
      Bond, Gabe Bond 2 ай бұрын +2

      Would be nice if stores started carrying film and there were labs here and there to process the film. I enjoyed film cameras for many years, but now days, I am so used to digital cameras I find it hard to move back to film. Once I started using my Sony A7R3 in manual mode, I became content and comfortable with digital cameras. Plus I like the ability to do shoot in video mode with the same body.

    • MetalTrabant
      MetalTrabant 2 ай бұрын +2

      Just take the plunge already, but don't spend too much on your 1st gear. That way you can always change your mind, and can say you had the experience.
      I've restarted analog photography last year with a 3 dollar Soviet Smena Symbol camera, and a 4 dollar Leningrad lightmeter (though I've also used a phone app). And it was producing decent enough pictures to keep me going, and also got me understanding the basics of exposure.
      Now I'm using a Nikon F55 that my grandpa gave me, and worth like 40 bucks, but a bit too automatized for me, I loved the full manual control of older cameras. Though this makes better images, and can be used in manual mode for fun.

  • Shermanbay
    Shermanbay 2 ай бұрын

    I had a half-frame Canon in the 1960's,and it seemed like a great idea at the time. Several things turned me off a bit for that format. Although a large print could be made, the default snapshot size used by drugstore developers was smaller than 35mm standard, and the processing time was longer. My camera also had blind focus, which was OK for sunlight, but hard to use in low light situations. I was pretty much forced to develop and print my own film, not impossible for me, but limited the camera's use for others. When the camera broke, no one would fix it, so I stopped using it.

  • fMix Things
    fMix Things 2 ай бұрын +2

    Have you done a video on how wind up timers work? My wife sometimes unplugs the toaster oven to use the socket and I attempt to heat something up. I think it is working because the mechanical timer is clicking away and dings when it finishes, yet my food is still cold. Might be an interesting technology topic.

  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan S. 2 ай бұрын +1

    Half-frame camera's demise was simply because manufacturers (especially Olympus) managed to produce Full Frame cameras that were the same size or even smaller. The Trip 35 as you mentioned, is a slightly larger Full-Frame version of the EES-2 with the same exposure function. The later XA was even smaller then then all the Pen cameras and managed to be a rangefinder rather then a zone focus like the Trip 35 and EES-2. Film economy wasn't as big a thing back then as film wasn't as expensive so extra frames could be seen as more of a hassle as it would be even more vaction pictures dad would have to take before he could develop the film.

  • Jordan BLANCHARD
    Jordan BLANCHARD 2 ай бұрын

    Your video took me back in time. I always liked, when I was young, taking apart devices to get an idea of how it worked. More than 25 years ago I disassembled a similar camera, I saw the needle system resembling a vu-meter, resistor and electric wires and I couldn't understand how there could be any electronics without battery. I had falsely imagined that it worked in conjunction with a flash that we put on the shoe above. Thank you for bringing me back so far in my memory.

  • Jacob Keller
    Jacob Keller 2 ай бұрын +230

    I absolutely love how excited Alek gets when he has the magic of buying two of them and has an already taken apart one he can show us :D

    • Jacob Keller
      Jacob Keller 2 ай бұрын

      @Dennis Lippert that feels like it's begging for an oscorp "I'm something of a scientist myself" meme

    • Dennis Lippert
      Dennis Lippert 2 ай бұрын

      TRUE magic... is when you buy one, take it apart to see how it works, and put it back together again!! I'm no magician myself....

    • Anders Juel Jensen
      Anders Juel Jensen 2 ай бұрын +2

      It's called "a nerdgasm", and I know the feeling all too well :P

    • Jesus V
      Jesus V 2 ай бұрын +4

      You gotta love all the magic he is able to conjure up.... I do!

    • The Jacal
      The Jacal 2 ай бұрын +5

      He has lots of toasters too.

  • bilinas mini
    bilinas mini 2 ай бұрын

    I am loving your content. Interesting subjects, beautifully explained and great captions to help me follow along. It’s brilliant!

  • ルモーリンjp
    ルモーリンjp 2 ай бұрын

    I used a pen D3 when I was a kid (1970s).
    Thank you for your detailed and detailed explanation of the pen.

  • Hugh Johnson
    Hugh Johnson Ай бұрын

    I had one of these many years ago.The half frame option was brilliant for a teen with not a lot of money for processing

  • Edward Yarwood
    Edward Yarwood 2 ай бұрын

    Thank you for another superb video. I hope you can do another on the Olympus XA, one of the great product designs of all time, done two decades later by the same designer, Yoshihisa Maitani. All that fiddly mechanical stuff for exposure was replaced by some very simple analog electronics that calculate exposure times into the tens of seconds at least. Needs two tiny batteries but they last forever, since film advance, film rewind and shutter are all still hand-powered.

  • Cab Davidson
    Cab Davidson 2 ай бұрын

    Essentially similar to the Olympus Trip 35, which might just be about the best 35mm point and click ever made. The Pen and the Trip don't only benefit from a cunning light sensor, they've also got a tremendous lens on them for what they are. Great design, great engineering.

  • Kyle_M_Photo
    Kyle_M_Photo 2 ай бұрын

    Great video, I have the very first model of pen that I almost always carry on me, with my pen being full mechanical with no light meter I defiantly expected a difference between the later models, but I'm still surprised by how different they are, on my pen pretty much everything mechanical about it is located directly attached to the lens and it comes out as one puck that can be operated outside of the camera. With everything on the puck it also made for a difficult repair because I had to disassemble all the way to the blades themselves and remove them to clean. Interesting how limited the EES-2 is as a manual camera, previously I was planning on buying a newer pen at some point to get a built in light meter, but now I think I'll stick with my current pen so I'm not stuck with only two shutter speeds. Unless one of the pens after yours has better manual options, something I might research later.

  • Slacker Man
    Slacker Man Ай бұрын

    The engineer in me just loves tiny, complex, high-precision machines.

  • Chris Scholz
    Chris Scholz 2 ай бұрын

    Thank you Alec for this wonderful video. My first camera was an Olympus OM 35SP, a rangefinder camera with switchable spot meter!
    The camera had an automatic exposure setting that appears to be very similar to the one on the Olympus Pen. I always wondered how it worked, now I know. Thank you!

  • Esa Lehtismäki
    Esa Lehtismäki 2 ай бұрын +81

    Microprocessors are way more complicated, but the cleverness of older tech just gives you that fuzzy feeling.

    • Helge Frisenette
      Helge Frisenette 2 ай бұрын +1

      Programs/software is way more complicated. But then a program is something completely different entirely than a mechanism. It’s more akin to many mechanisms interlinked with dependencies and branches, and/or operated by humans as mediators.

    • Le Parrain du fromage
      Le Parrain du fromage 2 ай бұрын +1

      It's hard to compare, both are complex in their own ways and just because image processing algorithms are 'just calculations' run on a processor doesn't mean they don't require knowledge and intelligence to design, let alone everything involved in designing and manufacturing the image sensor itself etc. We just kind of take a lot of electronics for granted nowadays without reflecting on the massive amount of engineering that goes into each and every one of them. Of course there's a lot of beauty and finesse in mechanical solutions of the past but it's kind of like how you can appreciate a Rube Goldberg machine even though you could solve something with less moving parts

    • Bob
      Bob 2 ай бұрын

      @eekee Yep! The 6502 was well-thought-out to optimize its limited ressources. Sometime seen as an ancestor of RISC technology. As such, it could compare favorably in performance with CPUs having much greater instructions set like the Z80.

    • eekee
      eekee 2 ай бұрын +1

      @Ryan Boyer It takes a remarkable number of transistors to build those basic simple operations into a useful microprocessor. Take the 6502: 52 instructions; just _one_ general-purpose register and 2 index registers with slightly different functionality; and the stack pointer register is limited to just 8 bits, yet it took 3510 transistors to implement it and another 1018 transistors arranged as crude resistors. This was all in NMOS logic where some of the many logic gates can be reduced to a single transistor depending on where in the circuit they are. This is a similar complexity to an entire fighter jet, but it's one of the simplest practical general-purpose microprocessors ever made. Some PIC chips may be simpler, but I'm told they're not very nice to use.

    • Esa Lehtismäki
      Esa Lehtismäki 2 ай бұрын +3

      Well, microprocessors are repetitive. They have a massive amount of functional elements, but they consist of the same thing repeated over and over. You could build a digital clock out of mechanical components, but it would be the size of a building and it couldn't run fast enough. It would be much more complicated than a mechanical clock, but looking at it wouldn't give you the same kind of satisfaction. You can look at a mechanical clock and understand completely, how it works. That's the thing. Same with cameras.

  • Tacticool Nukes
    Tacticool Nukes 2 ай бұрын

    Is is such an incredible video to me! My dad used to have a version of this camera. I used to play with it when I was younger. I had no idea how unbelievably clever and complicated this thing was and I was just playing with it!

  • Kiina
    Kiina 2 ай бұрын

    I never knew how these worked. I have a Voigtländer with a similar meter and I always wondered how it would even work. But since the focus ring doesn't turn at all on the camera I never really tested it and I'm not sure I could even try to attempt to fix a 60 year old camera. But the Olympus half frame cameras have always intrigued me, but more the Pen F/FV and the likes with interchangeable lenses. Maybe I should consider an EE

  • Greybell
    Greybell 2 ай бұрын

    I bought a Canon Demi earlier this month because film is getting pricier, so I needed a half frame camera to shoot more photos while still get my money's worth. I've never had a mechanical camera so it's quite interesting how the machinery works in such a small body. The light meter is powered by selenium too and it's still working. Half frame cameras are such an interesting piece of technology even to this day.

  • James Fontana
    James Fontana Ай бұрын

    Forever one of my favourite KZcliprs. Makes me smile from ear to ear every time I hear “the magic over buying two of them….. “or three in this case 😅. Love it. Thank you. So much appreciated.

  • Abby Reeves
    Abby Reeves 2 ай бұрын +83

    an absolutely incredible video! I've never been so enamored by a little camera from ages past. (also I will be a child and joke about it being called the Olypmus Pen-EES)

    • Sanguine
      Sanguine 2 ай бұрын

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin and here I thought the joke was the misspelling of Olympus as Olyp-mus.
      Thanks for clearing that up!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 ай бұрын +1

      Ha, that's funny. Because it sounds like the word pennies.

    • The Patient
      The Patient 2 ай бұрын +4

      @Sanguine Try turning the subtitles on.

    • Mr Son
      Mr Son 2 ай бұрын +1

      I certainly noticed how much care went into making sure he said that name... :p

    • Sanguine
      Sanguine 2 ай бұрын +10

      I was very disappointed when the bloopers didn't include him saying
      _"Get double the exposures, with the small Pen-EES 2"_

  • Nathan B
    Nathan B 2 ай бұрын

    Great video. I've got numerous devices employing the trusty old selenium cell meter and to be honest, I'd agree with your statement in regard to the frequency of failure/issues with them. I've had a few meters where the contacts on the actual cell itself had corroded, however once cleaned & re-soldered they usually (in my experience) spring back into life with fairly decent accuracy.
    Whilst I much prefer shooting 120 / medium format, the compact form-factor of these style cameras is quite convenient. I don't have a half-frame camera, however my personal favourite is the elegant little Rollei 35S. Similar light metering mechanism to the selenium cells, but with a much more reliable photosensor.
    I very much enjoy the deep dives into the film photography side of things - I first picked up a film camera over a year ago and have well and truly fallen down the rabbit hole. Your videos have been quite an inspiration to learning about the processes and the very extensive history around it.
    I started with a half-broken Zorki-4, and now I've got two cupboards full of cameras ranging from the compact Rollei 35S I have already mentioned, several Rollei-derived twin-lens reflexes and right up to the large format 4x5 technical camera and iconic Crown Graphic. I am in no way making images I'd consider groundbreaking, sharp or well composed by the standards of many other photographers but getting to use and enjoy these amazing mechanical marvels every day is an amazing thing.
    I look forward to the next video on the subject!

  • Evan Ramsey
    Evan Ramsey 9 күн бұрын

    The closing line was just amazing. Thank you for all you do!

  • FredBeck
    FredBeck 2 ай бұрын

    This is such a amazing design, never knew it existed.

  • Sam
    Sam Ай бұрын

    I've got one of these! It's a fantastic every day carry due to no battery required and sometimes weeks pass without needing to reload film. It's reliable in cold weather (Manitoba), and small enough to carry in any pocket. I received mine "recently serviced", with a miscalibrated focusing lens, but I was able to find repair info. For your sticky aperture problem, I'd recommend adding a *tiny* bit of powdered graphite lubricant to prevent re-sticking, I've had to do the same procedure to a couple of trip 35's.

  • plantpun
    plantpun 2 ай бұрын +3

    With every new video in this series, I want to pick up photography as a hobby even more~ The processes involved are so neat

  • kpxoda1
    kpxoda1 5 күн бұрын

    Awesome video!

  • RBS427
    RBS427 2 ай бұрын

    That’s so amazing that someone has to design all that mechanical stuff. Today it’s all electronic and lost it’s magic somehow. So cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • pomonabill220
    pomonabill220 2 ай бұрын

    They sure used alot of clever ideas to "automate" cameras when microprocessors and micro miniature electronics were not available!
    Fancy and ingenious!

  • sirflimflam
    sirflimflam 2 ай бұрын +78

    It amazes me truly how intricate analog mechanical functions operate. I grew up in the 80s and 90s so I was exposed to a good deal of it, but it was definitely starting to fading out (was also pretty poor as a kid so we had a lot of old tech). And as I became an adult, it was all about discrete electronics. These days you can't do even the simplest of mechanisms without some sort of microcontroller walking you through the entire process.

    • Nut Bastard
      Nut Bastard 2 ай бұрын +1

      @User 2C47 I think that's just because the things are so damn cheap. You can't really compete with a

    • Nut Bastard
      Nut Bastard 2 ай бұрын +2

      "so I was exposed to a good deal of it"
      Pun intended?

    • User 2C47
      User 2C47 2 ай бұрын +3

      @VOIP4ME I've also seen microcontrollers being used a lot for logic that could have handled by a few analog components.

    • Panem et Circenses
      Panem et Circenses 2 ай бұрын +1

      Not to mention needing a firmware update that requires you to register etc etc.

    • VOIP4ME
      VOIP4ME 2 ай бұрын +9

      As much as I admire the electromechanical linkages of the past, I completely understand why everyone uses microcontrollers now. It's just so much easier to modify the design.
      A mechanical design can perform its function flawlessly for decades, but what happens when you realize you need it to do almost the same thing, but with one tiny difference? You often have to redesign it. Whereas with a microcontroller you just change a line of code.
      It's just way too convenient for sentimental concerns to matter

  • Niko L
    Niko L 2 ай бұрын

    Interestingly, Instax Mini cameras, which are also vertical-first, have the shutter button on the front. Some of them have an additional one on the side for portrait photos. They could easily have done something similar on this one

  • Robothut
    Robothut 2 ай бұрын

    The mechanics in cameras have always been so amazing. The blending of solar power with the mechanics is just a marvel. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Dinushka M
    Dinushka M 2 ай бұрын

    Great video..!
    Pretty amazing engineering, never seen such mechanism

  • Brent Mercer
    Brent Mercer Ай бұрын

    Great video, it's really cool to see how these work. I picked a working one up last year and could not imagine how the mechanical mechanism worked. Until now!

  • fatmn
    fatmn Ай бұрын +1

    Thank you for taking the time to give us a very detailed look at your Pen EES. You've inspired me to get my own Pen EES; I can't wait to start shooting it around town! I really enjoyed all the wonderful shots that came out of your Pen EES, and I hope that someday I can get as good at using a Pen EES as you. I must say, I was a little startled when you produced three Pen EES's to show us, but I understand the desire to have three, especially if two are dirty and one doesn't work right. Hopefully you can get the other two Pen EES's cleaned up soon too.

    • fatmn
      fatmn Ай бұрын

      @Matej Gadžo I was incredibly surprised to have not found one either. It had to be done.

    • Matej Gadžo
      Matej Gadžo Ай бұрын

      I am amazed that this is the first Pen EES joke i found

  • Vinemaple
    Vinemaple 15 күн бұрын

    These light-powered cameras were always the kind of camera I wanted as a teen: no fussing around with a hand-held photocell light meter like I had to use with me Dad's old Petri Flex V, but also no batteries to replace and cheap '80s digital displays to break. Truly the apex of consumer camera design!

  • SmithWN Animations
    SmithWN Animations 26 күн бұрын

    Often I wish I could witness how engineers came up with their clever solutions, at least the ones which were born mostly through experimentation.

  • The Nargles
    The Nargles 2 ай бұрын

    Amazing! The people who design these things are geniuses!

  • Joshua Shenfield
    Joshua Shenfield 26 күн бұрын

    Limitation makes amazing ingenuity. This is a really cool camera.