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    I'm aware of the PEN's but I'm not too familiar.

    Half-frame might be OK.

    I'm wondering...what is the focusing like? They don't have mirrors, do they?

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    If you say most compact 35mm full frame SLR then yeah it's either the Pentax ME, MX or the Olympus OM-1, OM-2. But there are 110 SLR's from Pentax and Minolta and they are much smaller..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    If you say most compact 35mm full frame SLR then yeah it's either the Pentax ME, MX or the Olympus OM-1, OM-2. But there are 110 SLR's from Pentax and Minolta and they are much smaller..
    Is anyone makieing 110 film? Last I knew of was Ferrinia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    I'm aware of the PEN's but I'm not too familiar.

    Half-frame might be OK.

    I'm wondering...what is the focusing like? They don't have mirrors, do they?
    Not sure what you mean by "don't have mirrors". The Pen F series are true reflex cameras, and half frame is great fun. But having used them all, to my eye, among the OM-1, Pentax MX, Nikon FM and Olympus Pen FT, focusing is hardest by far with the Pen FT, even with the 40/1.4 Pen Zuiko mounted. The finder is very small and very dim compared to the others. The Pen F and FV are marginally brighter, but still not remotely in the league of the full-frame cameras for ease of focusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDH View Post
    Is anyone makieing 110 film? Last I knew of was Ferrinia.
    http://shop.lomography.com/us/films/110-film

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    There is a factory somewhere producing/packaging 110 film for Lomography. They are B&W, colour negative and positive. There is also a "redscale" version.
    There is another company doing a ISO 400 colour negative film called Fukkatsu. You can see them on the FPP site: http://filmphotographyproject.com/store/film/110-film
    Photo warehouse in the USA also sells fresh B&W and colour Fukkatsu films and some older films: http://www.ultrafineonline.com/110formatfilms.html

    Film Ferrania have stated they have capacity to spool 110 and 126 films.
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    An OM20/OM-G would be a lighter option than an OM1 or OM2. Not fully mechanical but an excellent accompanyment to a single digit Olympus body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    I'm aware of the PEN's but I'm not too familiar.

    Half-frame might be OK.

    I'm wondering...what is the focusing like? They don't have mirrors, do they?
    It got two mirrors (one swinging) and two prisms.

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    OM-1 and 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    I'm looking for a compact SLR. I have compact PS's, RF's, but I want reflex focusing.

    I would prefer it to be all-mechanical and with a 50mm lens. I am OK with an electronic shutter and a lens that is a little wider (but not wider than 40mm).

    I can think of,
    OM-1/2 + 50mm f1.8 and 40mm f2.0
    Pentax MX + 45mm f2.8

    What are other options? I'm trying to gather a short so that I can evaluate the pros/cons and features of different cameras so that I can decide which to pursue.
    Of course the Pentax MX with the 40mm f2.8 pancake lens. If you don't wear glasses then you will appreciate the largest and brightest full info viewfinder in the smallest all mechanical (batteries for meter only) SLR.



    The Olympus Pen FT has TTL meter but it is not as straightforward to use as the OMs. Half a frame of TMAX100 or Kodak Ektar 100 is very usable. But as you can see, it's not that much smaller than an OM and it is certainly not much lighter - very well built.




    Side by side of the MX and the OM1
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