The Olympus EE3 is a small half-frame film snapper. I recently wrote about it in this post. In fact, here’s a photo of me with it:

Olympus Pen ee3 in the mirror
Mirror Man

Dinky little thing isn’t it? I can roll off a few frames before anyone even notices due to the still working Electric Eye selenium meter around the lens.

Late last year, I was walking on the beach when I noticed a guy image chimping on his big Canon digital DSLR. Of course, I whipped out my dinky little Pen and snapped a few frames off before he even noticed me!! He was too busy coaxing his kit zoom and trying to see his LCD screen in the glare of the sun to give me too much thought.

olympus pen versus canon dslr
Does size matter?

This is a nice little reminder for me that no matter how far we move up the technology tree, photography, at its core, is about a box with a hole in it. The rest is just bells, whistles and ergonomics. Is that a dramatic view? I don’t think so. After all, photography has always been about recording light through a hole onto a recording medium. It doesn’t matter whether that’s film or digital.

I’ve actually been thinking about disconnecting this blog from the Jetpack plugin. In practical terms, that means that I’ll be relying totally on the Mailpoet plugin to manage my email lists. More directly, if you like the posts on this blog I’d be grateful if you popped in your email address in the box below.

The truth is, I realised today that the reason I’m so horrible at talking about myself online, or pushing anything personal on the web, is that I don’t cultivate an online persona at all. My online views are the same as my offline views. I express myself in the same way, and I’m naturally introverted. But I do like to talk to new people and this blog is one way of doing it.


Does size matter? Snapping with the Olympus ee3
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5 thoughts on “Does size matter? Snapping with the Olympus ee3

  • June 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    sometimes i wonder why i have a dslr when phone cameras take such good pictures lol

    • July 2, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      One word: Physics 🙂
      You’ll never be able to have a 2.8 telephoto on a smartphone unless you want a huge lens hanging off it 🙂 Optics means that long fast lenses are big by nature. There’s really very few ways they can be made much smaller.

  • June 29, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Thanks for this article. I, too, am amazed at the number of times that I can squeeze off a shot on my little Olympus XA while other people are fiddling with the menu systems on their DSLRs! It’s the reason I always keep this little gem in my pocket. Great article.

    • June 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks @donal-leader 🙂 I have an XA2 sitting here next to me. I really must use it once I’ve burned through some film in other cameras.

    • June 29, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      By the way @donal-leader , do you have any of your XA photos up anywhere?


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