The REAL reason you bought a Digital Pen...

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Michael in China, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Michael in China

    Michael in China Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Zhuhai China
    is that you KNEW that with one in your hands, you'd be every bit as cool, masculine and, well, French as Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, OSS117.


    If you haven't seen the stupidly funny (and heroically un-PC) 2010 French spy movie spoof OSS 117 : Rio ne répond plus (OSS 117: Lost in Rio) rest assured that the real star of the show is OSS 117's trusty Olympus Pen half frame, complete with mechanical self-timer accessory. And the real punchline occurs in the closing credits.

    I propose a special award for the best OSS 117 & Pen pose. Any takers? (I can't participate personally, being an OM-D user, sadly Penless and tragicully uncool).

    Thanks to from which I pinched the above photo. (I've found very little online reference to OSS 117's camera, which is a travesty considering how much it pops up in the film).
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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Ehhhh . . . I don't have enough hair to pull it off. Sorry. :biggrin:
  3. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Non, I think I saw "Cairo : nest of spies!",
    and it was quite good.
    There was very little, if any, camera activity.
  4. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 4, 2010
    Eugene Smith is my goto Pen 'Cool Guy'

    Although, it does look like there is a Camera-Shoe Spy option available too :smile:

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  5. Michael in China

    Michael in China Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Zhuhai China
    *sigh* Eugene Smith trumps Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath any day of the week.

    But I'm left wondering how that "old-fashioned penta prism" (or at least its hump) made it back onto my E-M5 50 years after Olympus consigned it to the dustbin of history with their introduction of the Porro prism. And the E-M5 doesn't even fit into my (size 12) shoe! There's no accounting for taste.

    Has anyone done a "today's cost" analysis of those Pen prices?
  6. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I bought it because it was cheap. :/

    (Just kidding... the first Digital Pen was considered an expensive piece of technology at the time, lol. I never had a Pen F.)
  7. Michael in China

    Michael in China Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 7, 2012
    Zhuhai China
    OK, I just did it here

    As usual with statistics, you choose the one which suits you best.
    So here's the 2013 cost of a Pen-F and 38mm f/1.8 lens (priced at US$140):

    real price of that commodity is $1,020.00
    real value of that commodity is $1,070.00
    labor value of that commodity is $1,080.00(using the unskilled wage) or $1,270.00(using production worker compensation)
    income value of that commodity is $1,890.00

    The last line is the one that hurts.
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