FL // Head Of Production Essentials
FL // Head Of Production Essentials

Michael Pizzo


Olympus – Pen EES-2 The original Pen was introduced in 1959. It was designed by Maitani Yoshihisa[1], and was the first half-frame camera produced in Japan. It was one of the smallest cameras to use 35mm film in regular 135 cassettes. It was thought to be as portable as a pen; thus the name. The idea was to be much copied by other Japanese makers. A series of derivatives followed, some easier to use with the introduction of exposure automation, e.g. the Pen EE; others with a wider aperture lens and a manual meter, such as the Pen D. In 1966 the arrival of the Rollei 35, a camera almost as compact but making normal 24×36 exposures, would announce the beginning of the end for the half-frame concept. However, Olympus went on producing the simpler models of the Pen family until at least 1983. 17 million Pen half-frame cameras were sold. In the descriptions below, please note that the focal lengths indicated do not give the same angle of view as for full-frame cameras: 30mm on the Pen is roughly equivalent to 45mm on a full-frame, and 28mm to a 40mm.


Canon PowerShot S95 truly pocketable body design that has a lot more in common with the Ixus/Elph cameras. Inside its compact bodyshell, Canon has managed to squeeze a 28-105mm (equivalent) zoom lens, and a bright, high-resolution LCD screen. The S95 features an impressive ISO span for its class, from ISO 80-3200 at full resolution, with both RAW and JPEG recording options.


Canon Super 8 814 This was the first Canon movie camera to employ a “magnetic release.” The first electronics applied to movie cameras were electronic motors for film drive and zooming, and EE (exposure control) mechanisms. With the introduction of the magnetic release mechanism, however, electronics gradually came into full use. The magnetic release mechanism allowed the systemization of release operation and the control of camera on/off by electronic pulses. The magnetic release system became standard in 8mm movie cameras from this model onward. The popular 8x zoom lens was newly designed to provide higher contrast. It had a bright viewfinder and Servo EE system. It also had variable shutter opening control to achieve perfect fading out/in. Slow-motion shooting was possible at about 40 fps. A folding-type grip was employed, and an interval timer was available as an accessory.


California Rifle & Pistol Club Belt Buckle with name customized Belt. Bough at the Ventucky County Fair.


Fuel Princeton Tec Headlamp What could be better than a light that weighs only 78g with 70 lumens of brightness and 146 hours of burn time? A light that also has an asymmetrical single arm bracket that makes directing the light effortless and reliable; a large, easy to find push button switch and a virtually bulletproof, easy access battery door that protects the 3AAAs and its electronics. Yea.. that’s pretty much it.


Ibuprofen – For headaches when Microsoft Office fails… again


BenzOmatic Propane torch – You’ve seen Casino no? iPhone 5s


Leatherman Wingman – 

The Leatherman Wingman is an average-sized tool with an easy-entry price. In our testing, its function and durability was above standard. It exceeds the competition with a couple externally opening tools and a unique package opener. As compared to the Gerber Multi-Plier 600, the Wingman is more compact, easier to use, and easier on the pocket. It is easier on the pocket because it is half the cost, but also because the Gerber tool stores with sharp needle-nosed plier tips still exposed. The Leatherman’s integrated pocket clip is the only in our test and was appreciated by many. This guy removes material fast!

Fenix TK12

Solid build quality and cleanly machined. Nicely designed anti-roll grip ring which work well. Tactile and responsive switch.

Macbook Pro (Not Pictured) 

2011 Macbook Pro with the DVD Optical Drive removed and replaced with a 1TB storage drive.  The boot drive replaced with a 512GB Solid State Samsung Drive.