Classic Scale Focus Cameras:
Olympus Quickmatic EEM

by Karen Nakamura


Overview and Personal Comments

Among my many quirky cameras, this is definitely in the top 10. The EEM is a tiny point and shoot camera made for Kodak Instamatic 126 film back in 1967. Using the text, charts, or images on this website without permission on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law.

Amazingly, my little EEM that I picked up at an auction as part of a larger lot in 2003.02 still works! I put in two AA batteries and the thing fired up. The meter amazingly still responds to light. The aperture automatically opens / closes depending on the light value. The motor drive for the film/shutter still works. I'm pretty flabergasted as I'm pretty sure this camera hasn't been used in at least 25 years. Wow. That's longetivity.

Consider this: In 1967, Olympus produced a point and shoot camera that was:

Kodak Instamatic film was the APS film on the 1960s. It was sold well into the 1990s until 1999 when Kodak discontinued it. There are still a few vendors on the web who sell 126 film, so it pays to search around.

Interesting quirks

It appears as though the aperture derives its power from the silicon cells that surround it. Even without batteries installed, the aperture responds to light and opens/closes correspondingly when the shutter button is half pressed. Quite neat. Using the text, charts, or images on this website without permission on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law.

The camera uses zone focusing. Although it has a focus scale, really you focus using the "Head and Shoulders" "Family" or "Mountain" logos that appear automagically in the viewfinder. The viewfinder has marks for parallax correction. It takes flash cubes. I see flash cubes at yard sales from time to time, I should pick up some and give them a try.

There aren't many sources for 126 Instamatic film. The Frugal Photographer and Film for Classics both have Instamatic 126 film. And Andrew Redding let me know that also has some. Kathleen Fisher wrote to me saying that she has a supply too:

Technical Details

Camera Name
Olympus Quickmatic EEM
Place of Manufacture

Body: Japan

Lens: Japan

Date of Manufacture
Focusing System

Zone and scale focusing.
Zones: "Head and shoulders" (0.9-1.5m)
    "Family" (1.5 - 5m)
    "Mountains" (5m +)

Fixed Lens

36mm, f/2.8, D.Zuiko lens (4 element lens?)

Minimum focusing distance = 0.9 meters (~3 feet)

Right focusing (infinity on right side)


Unknown leaf shutter

Metering System

Silicon "Around the Lens" (ATL) metering


Aperture set by camera


External flash cube only

Film type / speeds

Type 126 film
Kodak Instamatic 28.8 x 28.8mm (square format: like a Hasselbad!)

Battery type
Two AA batteries
Dimensions and weight
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About Olympus

Although people think that Olympus must be a recent company, it actually has very old roots. It was founded in 1919 as "Takachiho Seisakusho" as a manufacturer of optical goods, with its first product being a microscope. In 1921, they released their first "Olympus" brand product. Their first camera came out in 1936, the Semi-Olympus with 75mm f/4.5 Zuiko lens. In 1949, the company changed their name to "Olympus Optical Co." after their main brand. One of their designers Yoshihisa Maitani, is famed for some classic designs:


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