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A Bit Of Fun With A μ[mju:]-1

Discussion in 'Film Camera Forum' started by pdh, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    In about 1991, perhaps 1992, I wanted a P&S autofocus camera ... So I went to Boots the Chemist in Victoria Road, Surbiton, and bought an Olympus μ[mju:]-1.

    I can't remember how I came to that particular model, except of course it looked very cool and stylish and black ... it has a 35mm f/3.5 lens, autofocus, flash and a self-timer ... it is designed à la the XA rangefinder, with a slide-open front.

    I can distinctly remember that it cost £108, and that the counter assistant who served me had trouble with the payment, which spoiled it for me a bit ... I suppose it must have been a lot of money to me then and I'd probably agonised a bit about it

    Anyhoo, it's been with me ever since, rattling around in boxes and rucsacs and pockets and cars and the backs of drawers. It got sand in it in Peru and it never quite worked properly after that, so I rarely used it since the century turned, and not at all since I bought a digital camera in 2006.

    The recent acquisition of the Bessa prompted me to look it out ... it had a roll of Agfa Vista 200 in it and a dead battery; my local Boots wanted about £11 for a new battery, but Amazon obliged for £1.18 ...

    New battery, it fired up immediately and told me it had used only 4 shots on the roll, so I took it out with me on a walk round the Common and took some snaps; Bearing in mind the film must have expired about 10 years ago and has never been below room temperature, the results aren't too bad ... in fact, they have a bit of a "Foveon" look :biggrin: ... usual local minilab low-res scans of course, and very slight adjusts to exposure and contrast in LR4

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    Four snaps by _loupe, on Flickr

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    Four snaps by _loupe, on Flickr

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    Four snaps by _loupe, on Flickr

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    Four snaps by _loupe, on Flickr
     
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  2. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
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  3. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Paul,

    Had you not related the story behind these pictures I would have not assumed them to be from some time expired colour negative film stock on a rather basic camera. They really are quite good given the circumstances (hangs head in shame at what I've been producing on film recently, picks up binoculars and throws cameras away :eek:)

    Barrie
     
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  4. arachide

    arachide SC Regular

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    Feb 15, 2012
    A late friend of our gave us a Stylus Infinity (as it was called here in the states) back in the early 90s. Being much lighter and smaller than our Nikon FG, it soon became our camera of choice and went with us everywhere. They are really wonderful cameras and I actually prefer using it to the Stylus Epic. I had given mine to my daughter but now feel inspired to finish up the roll of Kodak that is in there.
     
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  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    @Jock ... it's nice photo but not sure why it's in my thread about a different camera?
     
  6. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Paul,

    These are really good. As Barrie said, I would never have guessed they were shot on long expired film. The scans look quite good also.

    It's a sweet little camera. I had one on long term loan many years ago. When I returned it I bought a Stylus Epic, which is the same camera with a beautiful 35mm 2.8 lens. I still have it but it has not seen the light of day in years.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  7. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    I thought he got his film developed quickly, until I realised it was one of those new fangled digital things :biggrin:

    Barrie
     
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  8. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Only because yours is also a vintage Olympus. I realize that yours is film and mine is digital, but oldies can be goodies.

    Cheers, Jock
     
  9. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Understood Jock, but I started this thread to relate and illustrate a personal story about a particular film camera, and it seems odd to find someone posting an image into it that is from neither a similar camera or a film camera, and doesn't bear any relationship to my story ... I'm sure you'll have lots of other good shots from that D550, perhaps they deserve a thread of their own?

    all the best

    Paul
     
  10. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    I have used the Stylus Epic, nice little guy that was :)
    great shots superb IQ and color
     
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  11. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I deleted it. My apologies.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  12. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I was going to say something facetious about it being definitely a compact but hardly serious ... but I've been indulging in my secret shame, pixel-peeping at 400% zoom ... :redface: ... well, these are 1200x1800 scans of long long expired film, and this is a 20-odd year old plastic camera, ... yet in the corners some of these shots appears as crisp and sharp as my Summicron ... and crisper and sharper than more than one of my m4/3 lenses ...

    [that's enough pixelpeepery]

    welll, anyway, if I find some more expired film anywhere, I'll be sure and run a roll through it now and again ... all this stuff about being able to control aperture, shutter speed and focus is utterly overrated I reckon
     
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  13. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Nice one Paul! I'm halfway through a roll of TMax 400 in an mju-ii (Stylus Epic) that I scored locally - I won't say for how much as it might undermine its future sale :wink:. It looks in great condition, but the proof is in the film.

    Also I had to do a little foil work-around to fool the cameras DX readers, as I only use bulk rolled film....and the mju-ii is wholly auto with no over-rides - so some elaborate cutting and pasting onto the plain black canisters.

    This is such a fun camera to use!!!
     
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  14. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    the thing that often tripped me up was it always reset back to default auto-flash when you turned it off,
     
  15. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    hmm it's tricky finding a good rhyme for the inevitable μ[mju:]-II thread ... "Lots to do with a μ[mju:]-II" maybe ? ...
     
  16. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
  17. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Antonio, it's a hallmark of what a good photographer you are that you take the trouble to light and frame a simple shot like that so perfectly ... whereas I do this ...

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  18. arachide

    arachide SC Regular

    36
    Feb 15, 2012
    I gave it it a friend, but I also had a Mju Panorama. It had plastic frames that would cover the film to make it look like a wide angle shot:
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  19. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
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  20. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    hmm ... yes ... well, that's a delight on the ear, Mark, thank you so much ...