Using the Flash Shoe Accessory for My Olympus Pen FT

Several months ago I purchased a flash shoe accessory which was made specifically for the Olympus Pen FT.

When I initially fitted it onto the camera, I was really worried about it breaking the plastic around the viewfinder (there are many FT’s I’ve seen for sale with broken plastic on their viewfinders due to this particular accessory breaking them) so I was a bit reluctant to use it for a while….

Here is a close up of the viewfinder of the camera:

Here is a close up of the viewfinder with the flash shoe accessory attached:

However, the other week it was a miserable rainy day in Brighton and I desperately needed a photography fix! So I decided to carefully attach it to my camera and try it out at home by taking photos of my pets.

I had previously bought a Mirage 200 flash which I picked up for around £4 on eBay and it came with new batteries in it so that was a bonus! There was also the metal attachment with it in case I wanted to mount the camera on that instead of using the flash shoe accessory which means the flash sits to the side of the camera.

Here is the flash mounted on top of the camera:

I decided to use my 40mm 1:1.4 G.Zuiko Auto-S lens since I thought this would be good for portrait shots of my pets.

In my 35mm film stash, I had some Kodak Portra 160 colour film which, I decided to use for this project.

The Mirage 200 Flash provides an exposure table on the back of it which, suggested that I shoot at an aperture of f/16 if taking photos of around 1 metre (3 foot) away with a film ISO of 100, or it would be f/22 for ISO 200 film.

Since the lens I was using only goes up to f/16, I decided to shoot on that aperture.

I also had problems with the viewfinder being quite dark whilst shooting indoors so I really had to concentrate on getting the focusing right because it wasn’t very clear.

I ended up having to take photos of my pets over a couple of days since there was 72 shots to use up on the roll of film!

Once I got the film back, I was very pleased with the results! The film had exposed really well.

Here are a couple of photos of my dog, Daisy:

Here is one of Daisy next to a cushion which I had printed up and made from a Polaroid photo I took of Brighton Bandstand:

Here are a couple of photos I took of my cats:

These final three photos of my cat, Mr Robinson, made me laugh. I can only think I perhaps wasn’t giving him any more treats for the day!

I would definitely use the lower ISO Portra film again for taking indoor photos as I really liked the colours.

Due to my fear of chipping the plastic viewfinder on the camera, I cannot see me using the flash attachment on a regular basis but it’s good to know I’ve got it for when I do need to take some indoor shots using this camera and I’ll just have to be extra careful when mounting the flash.

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8 thoughts on “Using the Flash Shoe Accessory for My Olympus Pen FT

  1. Some stunning shots – the third one form the bottom is my favourite – he does NOT look happy! They’ve exposed very nicely. I use a flash with my 35RC and I’m always amazed how well it works – Olympus do get these things right.

    I’m really surprised there’s not a fixed flash mount on the camera like the Pen though – it’s not as if it was cheap.

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