In spite of these shortcomings I still miss mine, which died two years ago after helping make some of my favorite images. Happily, the flash is also customisable, with various modes, including automatic, red-eye reducing, fill-in, forced activation and the ability to completely stop the flash firing. Bare in mind though, this is not unusual… Most 35mm compacts of this era act similarly to the Olympus mju-ii. The Stylus Epic is somewhat of a cult classic among avid photographers due to quality and speed of the lens, a rare attribute among compact cameras. Most mju camera bodies have a characteristic convex frontside, evolved from the which was a revolutionary design for its era, but all mjus have.
So now I use the remembrance of my Grandmother the camera to take photos as new remembrances. The orange light coming on tells you the flash will be used, and the green light confirms autofocus lock. It encourages you to set the camera and leave it open, which may or may not be ideal. Really dig it, but have a lot of problem with light leaks when using it in bright sun. The Olympus mju-ii does attempt to redeem itself with regards to flash. Remote control: there is an optional infrared remote control unit with a 3-second delay.
My personal experience is the Infinity gives me better contrast and colors, less wide-angle distortion and it runs quieter. So how does it compare? Viewfinder This is a minor gripe compared to the issues mentioned above, but the viewfinder is somewhat small for my taste as well. Well, this is probably the area of biggest concern for most when it comes to the Olympus mju-ii! There are sites that explain every difference between these two. So close the front hatch, and whatever the setting you have been working with are lost. Exposure control: programmed automatic exposure control, two-zone light metering, switchable to spot metering.
This is quite common behaviour in film point and shoot cameras. Overview Now usually this section is very long and goes into deep detail about a camera and all its functions and its quirks but with this camera, there is not a whole lot. This is by far one of my favorite functions and it's very responsive to the camera on and then shot. Back in the car, I finally battery test it and all is well. The black and champian early model had a special silent mode. There is a lot of bang for buck with this camera and it is really simplistic and it is really a true point and shoot.
So having to remember to switch it off every time you switch the camera on can become a little tiring. It is an iconic example of design and function coming as it did near the end of the 35mm film era, just before the arrival digital cameras and mobile phones with inbuilt digital cameras. This is even more of a problem as the lens hangs on to f2. The panorama mode proves disappointing in use, however, combining both wonkiness and fuzzy edges. With your one hand you can open the clam shell of the camera and still have your finger on the shutter ready to fire.
With the shutter button pressed just a little, there are two lights made visible inside the viewfinder. Most of the models could fit inside a soap dish. I am itching to shoot one. Red-eye can be a problem, with the flash so close to the lens. While it has some serious drawbacks that prevent me from using it daily, I always like to have it on hand. We have the Stylus Epic 115 and the Stylus Epic Wide zoom which is a 28-100 zoom. The build quality of the camera is not the best compared to the Contax Tvs and is plastic and not metal.
The meter is spot on. With that being said I did drop it and it did break and I had to super glue it and add some electrical tape on it to make sure it was sealed from light. My own non-technical viewpoint is that the feature is perhaps more directly useful for zoom cameras, such as the. These are set by pressing the two buttons on the back. With the mju-ii the mechanism of focusing the lens is separate from the act of gathering distance information.
These cameras are pretty easy to get a hold of on eBay, at thrift stores or out of an old persons house. There are only few little buttons that you use for controlling the flash etc. The Infinity came to me in new condition with the original box and all contents. I ended up in many situations when I managed to flash someone unintentionally, which I find extremely embarrassing, especially in street photography situations. Conclusion This has been a really positive and praising review and I tend to review cameras I want to keep or just experience because of the advice of others. Introduced in 1997, the Olympus Stylus Epic followed a long line of fixed focal length, budget priced, consumer level, point and shoot cameras from Olympus that have tended to appeal to enthusiasts and professionals who want a camera small enough to fit in a pocket.