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    Who else here takes umbrage at Olympus Pen cameras being lumped in with "toy" cameras!?



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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    Who else here takes umbrage at Olympus Pen cameras being lumped in with "toy" cameras!?



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    There needs to be a forum section dedicated to Half-Frame, Miniature and Sub-Miniature cameras. There also needs to be a forum section dedicated to Lenses and glass.
    "Lo único de lo que el mundo no se cansará nunca es de exageración." Salvador Dalí

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    There is a toy half-frame, called the 'Golden Half Camera' but it is fashionably priced and it may not make it to the end of 72 frames before falling apart. I wonder how difficult it would have been to make the 'Blackbird, fly' with a setting for half frames, giving horizontal pictures?

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    A new low cost -not so low :-( - half frame : http://microsites.lomography.com/dianamini/

    With the choice between half frame and a square format

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    Quote Originally Posted by talkingfish View Post
    There is a toy half-frame, called the 'Golden Half Camera' but it is fashionably priced and it may not make it to the end of 72 frames before falling apart. I wonder how difficult it would have been to make the 'Blackbird, fly' with a setting for half frames, giving horizontal pictures?

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    I have used the Golden Half and in spite of its price, I quite like it. The lens is pretty good for what it is, and when used with films like the new sharper T-Max 400, it produces some pretty crisp images. It also has not fallen apart as you suggested it might.

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    I've got a Diana Mini, and despite being over priced, it takes decent half frame photos. I think I like it more than the full-sized Diana.

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    I have a Fujica Half, bought off eBay. I love it to pieces. From my research it seems quite similar to the Pen D in features, but much cheaper (although I will say it wasn't CHEAP--about $70 including shipping). Reasonable manual controls. Lens is sharp. Thus far I've only used it with high-speed film (thus the need for manual control) but I have confidence in the meter for auto-exposure.





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    Lots of fun! I need to get a half frame camera! Freestyle sells some now. They look kind of interesting. They even have a hot shoe!
    Helping to save analog photography one exposure at a time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    Lots of fun! I need to get a half frame camera! Freestyle sells some now. They look kind of interesting. They even have a hot shoe!
    Yeah they have both the Golden Half and the Diana Mini now.

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    I'm not particularly snobby about the plastic cams--not my thing, but have at it--but I just wanted to say that my Fujica Half was essentially the same price as the Diana Mini or Golden Half once you add in shipping from Freestyle. It has a hotshoe, it's all metal, doesn't need batteries, shutter options B, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/300, apertures f/2.8 - 22, focuses from 2ft - infinity, and the lens is quite sharp. Auto exposure up to 200, which I haven't tried yet, as I can of course guesstimate to use whatever ISO film I want.

    All reasons why a half-frame shouldn't necessarily be considered a toy!

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