Olympus Mju II / Stylus Epic.

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For my birthday this year, I had another camera added to my humble collection because, really, there are few things that make me happier. I was told I could pick any camera of my choice (even ridiculously expensive ones like a Hasselblad but goodness knows I am not ready for that, haha!) so for a while I debated between a Zeiss Ikon Taxona (which makes square photographs on 35mm film), a Canon Demi EE17 (a manual half-frame camera and so pretty) and an Olympus Mju II. I ultimately decided on the Mju II because of its convenience and quality – both of which I’ve never enjoyed simultaneously working with SLRs or toy cameras.

I believe I was introduced to this camera by superhero pho-Tony and then greatly inspired by Inês’ recent photographs. Hopefully you can tell by this test roll that I’m having a lot of fun with this tiny thing, it is definitely delivering the convenience and quality I am looking for. There are a few problems I can name off the top of my head but I will leave it for short review which will be added to the Camera Guide after I shoot a few more rolls with it. Happy Monday!

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Negative0-17-15(1)Fujicolor 100 (expired), Olympus Mju II

29 comments on “Olympus Mju II / Stylus Epic.

    1. Hahaha, it is humble! They are humble pieces with low prices and live in a box, not proudly displayed on a shelf. That’s very humble! :D

  1. Katie!!

    First of all, what Evelyn said in the first comment haha! Is it truly a humble collection? :D

    Second, oh my gosh how wise and responsible of you to not pick a Hasselblad even when you can. I can’t say the same for myself if given the same chance :D

    Last, your new camera is so cute! Hope you have loads of fun with it :)

    1. April!! It is truly a humble collection!! :D (See above for reply to Evelyn!)

      Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to own one but currently it does not fit into my photography lifestyle? I don’t see myself carrying the Hasselblad with me everywhere (maybe even anywhere) – it would probably be just an expensive thing to own more than use. :)

  2. Well hello there! I’m so happy to be mentioned as someone who inspired your choice and to see you’re having fun with it! That first photo proves it indeed :D

    1. Thank you, Inês! Well, I truly am very satisfied with my choice and it goes EVERYWHERE with me now, so small that it disappears in my purse! Looking forward to seeing more photographs you take with this small champion :D

      1. That’s what I love about this little wonder of wonders! It’s so light and compact that I still get surprised everytime I see the results it can produce (plus it’s so freeing to just have it available all the time inside my handbag). I have one finished roll and another one inside the camera that’s almost finished, so I’ll have more photos to show in the near future :)

        One thing I always do before I take any photos is to turn off the flash. I do it so fast now that I hardly notice it, so it doesn’t bother me as much as in the beginning.

  3. Aah, the MJU! I love these photos. They make me want to get mine out and shoot with again – it’s been far too long.

    Some camera thoughts: Is using it strange for you after having so much control beyond automatic with your manual SLRs? How do you feel about the flash being on by default whenever you turn the camera on? I’ve ruined a few shots by forgetting to shut it off first…

    Can’t wait to read your view on this amazing little camera!

    1. Hi Julie! My, I had almost forgotten that you own one too – I should tell you that I really loved the photographs you took at SLC when you blogged about them.

      It’s not strange since I’ve always been using small toy cameras anyway so I wouldn’t say that it’s a new experience. The quality, though, has been working really well for me and now I find myself wanting to shoot with it exclusively, especially since the lens is wide enough for landscape/architecture but focal length short enough that it works with food photography too!

      Before I purchased the camera I read everywhere that most people list the automatic flash as its few/only negative points. I always focus before I shoot, though, so if the red light comes up it reminds me to switch off the flash. :)

  4. i’ve been slowly getting back into my analog cam collection and been surfing the web in search of which film would be best for my style, etc – and here i am, a happy stumble upon your dreamy analog world! love love love your blog of film photog tidbits! i will def be hitting up your blog more often to check out which film you have paired with which cam! -jin-

    1. Hello jin! :) So glad your search brought you here. When I first got into film photography I was always looking for examples and what people had to say about each film and camera so really, this blog is a reflection of that need. I really hope you find something useful! ♥

  5. Well, that’s fantastic gift :) We always buy ourselves the best gifts, am i right? I wanted buy myslef for my birthday a flash lamp for my Canon, but I didn’t save enough money :(

    1. Hahaha, yes, I am huge believer in letting the birthday person tell you what he/she wants! It’s not too late to buy yourself a summer gift! :D

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