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John Bragg
02-26-2009, 09:14
Hi All.

Was lucky enough to get a Mju II on Ebay for 6.50 in really good condition. No more excuses for leaving home without a camera now. Mine is silver but I think I will look for a black one too..? I was unsure where to post this as it is not really a rangefinder, however any hints and tips for getting the most out of this midget marvel would be welcome. I will be feeding it on Neopan 400 re-coded to Ei200 and may later try Neopan 1600 @ Ei800 once I get used to it. I also found the manual on line as well very thoughtfully uploaded by William Mc Fadden. http://mcfaddenphoto.com/camera_manuals/stylus_man.htm
Thanks for any advice you may have.

John.

chambrenoire
02-26-2009, 09:44
Do you have a good page that describes how to recode Tri-X 400 to 1600?

I have a Mju:II black myself, love it! So small and nice.

sockeyed
02-26-2009, 09:49
I love the little Epic (I have three!) It's truly compact and pocketable, the lens is tack sharp, and it's weather-resistant.

I travelled in Turkey a few years ago with just the Epic and a pocketful of Provia slide film. It was a very fun experience.

Not many tips to offer. A half-press of the shutter locks the exposure. Pressing the two little buttons on the back turns on the spot meter. The camera treats uncoded cassettes as 100ISO, I think.

Enjoy!

Here are a few Epic shots from various trips:

Hanoi, Vietnam
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/2/1645999_597a54f848.jpg

Istanbul, Turkey
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/4/9315259_d6ef8c5b9d.jpg

Hoi An, Vietnam
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/2/1645774_a55dc4c837.jpg

Hoi An, Vietnam
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/2/1743993_99f988feaa.jpg

btgc
02-26-2009, 09:55
I occasionally google for 'cracking dx code' and most of times use this page (http://www.nelsontan.com/articles/dxcode.html).

Nice camera, as good as they made in past.

John Bragg
02-26-2009, 10:00
I use this as a guide and just a sharp pocket knife and some tape. Just a matter of scrape and tape accordingly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DX_encoding

sanmich
02-26-2009, 10:50
Only reason me won't buy another one is that they have no real code for ASA 64 (K64 of course...).

chambrenoire
02-26-2009, 11:13
Thanks! Will try shooting a roll at 1600 with the Mju:II.

calexg
02-26-2009, 12:16
Beautiful little camera! I bought one on eBay but Canada Post lost it...if I ever see one for a good price, it will be mine!

MarkoKovacevic
02-26-2009, 12:38
2 presses on the left button shuts off the flash. I really like mine, but it is too loud so I got the XA.

mcgrattan
02-26-2009, 13:05
Learning how to turn off the flash and on the spot meter is all you really need. Fantastic cameras.

I too have taken loads of travel shots with mine.

doitashimash1te
02-26-2009, 14:12
Now that's a real bargain! Congrats!

aad
02-26-2009, 14:31
I have an offer to trade my XA for a like-new Epic. I was thinking about it-but I have a Stylus Zoom 140, maybe I don't need to do anything.

John Bragg
02-26-2009, 23:35
This is so BAD !!!! watching a black one on Ebay now. Not even tried the silver one and already tempted ????? :eek: GAS !? :bang:

Yammerman
02-27-2009, 07:44
This is so BAD !!!! watching a black one on Ebay now. Not even tried the silver one and already tempted ????? :eek: GAS !? :bang:
Damn it you've got me watching them too. I fear prices will rise.

petronius
02-27-2009, 08:46
This is such a cute camera. I worked my first to death. Bought one other when they it were set to special price here in germany and found another one (like new with leather case) for 20 Euro
at a fleamarket. One is in use by my 11-year-old son who loves it!
The most important thing is to set the flash off and the spot metering on.

John Bragg
02-27-2009, 09:32
Just saw one sold on Ebay for 27 . It looked like new.

btgc
02-27-2009, 09:52
Not willing to throw sand in cake, will tell that half-press position of release button is provided by fragile spring under button. Maybe I'm such a jerk, but mine broke after years of happy use. I recommend to minimize "empty" half-depresses - when you pre-focus though don't release shutter; that said, depress button when you are sure - it doesn't has durability to last for decades of use (sure, it will serve long on "roll per year" load).

Currently I'm on mid of first roll after replacing spring :)

doitashimash1te
02-27-2009, 10:28
Not willing to throw sand in cake, will tell that half-press position of release button is provided by fragile spring under button. Maybe I'm such a jerk, but mine broke after years of happy use. I recommend to minimize "empty" half-depresses - when you pre-focus though don't release shutter; that said, depress button when you are sure - it doesn't has durability to last for decades of use (sure, it will serve long on "roll per year" load).

Currently I'm on mid of first roll after replacing spring :)

Thank you. I wasn't aware of that.

filmfan
02-28-2009, 20:36
I love mine. I paid a lot more than you did though, but it's black.
Here are some of my shots with it:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3338/3315185837_db7898dce2.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3608/3316011532_c7843117d5.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3568/3315992734_126fa7d873.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3634/3315130037_088aeb03cb.jpg

capitalK
02-28-2009, 20:57
This thread probably belongs in the "point and shoot" forum. I'm not a mod or anything, but just a heads up for next time.

Got mine for $3.99 at a thrift store. All I had to do was replace the battery. Great little camera. I shoot almost 100% B&W in my Bessa lately so it's a nice backup with some Velvia or Ektar 100.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/16998/U16998I1234416760.SEQ.0.jpg

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/16998/U16998I1234416757.SEQ.0.jpg

Piecat
03-08-2009, 09:08
If anyone else is bidding for an "Epic" on Ebay, be careful! One of the listings ending today shows a picture of the standard "Stylus, f3.5, and not the "Epic, f2.8. The sale is not for an "EPIC"!!

Piecat

dee
03-08-2009, 10:33
Hi
I have a couple of Olympus Mju 1 Auto Focus cameras which I bought from a boot fair and Charity shop for 5.00 each .
I use them as neat pocket cameras , f 3.5 being no less fast than an Elmar .
I like the slides from them - would this be a similar camera ?
I am a bit ignorant on these cameras .

calexg
03-08-2009, 21:07
Ha, I just saw an Epic in the classifieds and I nabbed it for a great price! I can't wait to use it again!

mh2000
03-08-2009, 21:29
The first Epic had a respectable 3 element lens, the II (Epic) has a better faster 4 element lens. I liked the styling of the first a little better myself.

With the Epic, one thing I have found with both of mine is that if you put them in your back pocket and sit on them a while it can force an electrical lock up and you have to rewind wherever you are... and other weird stuff.

Nice cameras, kind of squinty VF.

John Bragg
03-09-2009, 00:51
Hi
I have a couple of Olympus Mju 1 Auto Focus cameras which I bought from a boot fair and Charity shop for 5.00 each .
I use them as neat pocket cameras , f 3.5 being no less fast than an Elmar .
I like the slides from them - would this be a similar camera ?
I am a bit ignorant on these cameras .

Hi, Dee.

The Mju I is indeed very similar being the predecessor of the Mju II but the control buttons are differently arranged. Also the newer model is weather resistant. I chose the Mju II for the fast 2.8 lens but the Mju I would be fast enough in most situations. I like keeping a look out for bargains and if a Mju I came my way in good condition then I wouldnt turn it down.

John.

Frank Petronio
03-09-2009, 03:53
The last two Epics I've bought have worked fine for a few rolls and then died. I suspect 10 years is old age for these cameras... darn it. I just toss them in the trash now, no point trying to repair them.

btgc
03-09-2009, 05:03
I just toss them in the trash now, no point trying to repair them.

Local repairman commented that Epics have very tightly composed internals just like submarine; that's why he don't takes them for repair. He has tried to swap wind gearing assembly (this sometimes wears out, I have heard sound of worn mechanism) and something else failed after that.

Nice camera for it's era, though.

MRohlfing
03-09-2009, 10:57
Though it is a fine camera and I bought a second one after the first one died, I don't really like it any more - since I fell in love with the XA.

Aaaah, the XA is a real range finder :) and I am able to set the aperture :) and can change the ISO setting easily myself :)
And though the XA is larger when I add the flash, people on my slides do not have red eyes any more in most cases :p

So, I set that little Stylus Mju silver fish free to swim in the Bay yesterday - bye, bye, sharkmeal! :D :angel:

Oh, but what I will miss: It was the only one of all my cameras I could use with just one hand.

John Bragg
03-12-2009, 08:58
Well the first roll of Neopan 400 is hanging up to dry and the results from my bargain camera look very pleasing indeed !!! All frames look well exposed and VERY sharp. The auto focus seems spot on and the spot metering works a treat. I rated my film at Ei 200 by re-coding the cassette and developed in Rodinal 1:50. That is my normal recipe for all my work and this little camera seems to like it too. Cant wait to make some prints now !!

Mablo
04-30-2009, 05:38
I just bought a silver Mju II today from a chap that I know. I already have a Mju I, Trip, XA and 2 RCs so Mju II will be a nice addition to my collection of Olympus compacts.

David Hughes
07-15-2009, 11:42
Hi
I have a couple of Olympus Mju 1 Auto Focus cameras which I bought from a boot fair and Charity shop for 5.00 each .
I use them as neat pocket cameras , f 3.5 being no less fast than an Elmar .
I like the slides from them - would this be a similar camera ?
I am a bit ignorant on these cameras .

OK it's a bit late in the day but I'll add that both the I and II are great but the II has spot metering. The real point is that the I has an oddity: you have to keep the "Self Timer" button pushed down whilst squeezing the shutter button to start it.

Mentioned as most old ones have long lost their instructions. Archived instructions for both on the Olympus USA website, btw.

Regards, David

Robint
07-16-2009, 12:03
Yesterday I visited my local thrift store. Came out with an Infinity Stylus, Minolta Auto 128 flash, 2 VCR tapes and a book, all for $5.04. Now to compare the Stylus f3.5 lens to the XA2 F3.5 lens.

zuikomaniac
07-23-2009, 13:10
Love these ... looking for Original Stylus limited..

nuckabean
07-23-2009, 13:53
These are from my black Stylus Infinity. $4 in mint condition at a thrift shop.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3351/3547981674_ecd44d41f4.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3664/3660746109_3bc9554b0a.jpg

Haigh
07-23-2009, 23:00
I occasionally google for 'cracking dx code' and most of times use this page (http://www.nelsontan.com/articles/dxcode.html).

Nice camera, as good as they made in past.


Thanks for posting how to overide DX coding.

gilpen123
08-08-2009, 21:15
I recently covered a national event, burial of our former President, with just P&S; MJU II, T3 and LX3 and it's more than I needed. It was raining on and off so I get to use the MJU more.

camera.bear
08-10-2009, 00:11
I have been wanting a Mju II / Stylus Epic for a while and I couldn't bring my self to pay the prices that they are going for on ebay. At the end of July I stopped by a local thrift store and found a Mju II for $2.99 and then a couple of days later I found an original Infinity Stlus and Stylus Zoom. It must be my season for Olympus and the trio cost me less than $10.00. Now I just need to run across an XA.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2507/3768187716_6862127c86.jpg

From the Mju II

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3453/3771134216_e662012231.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2539/3771134002_b56f43500a.jpg

kuvvy
08-10-2009, 01:01
Here's a shot of my current pocketable cameras. Picked up the original Stylus (bottom right) only yesterday for 2 at a car boot sale along with an Oly Trip 35 and PS200 flash for 5. Haven't shot a roll through most of these in ages but just couldn't resist a bargain.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3557/3807507098_9cfdf57f33.jpg

btgc
08-10-2009, 03:00
kuvvy, that silver Super Mini/Tiara doesn't belong there - breaks whole black set. If you care about style, please send it to me and I will take further action :)

I read it lets to preset distance - is it easy to do? My zoom date f2.8 (aka silvi) has Quick snap mode, supposed to be same as also Tiara has - another useful feature for wide-angled compact.

Ghiom
08-10-2009, 04:09
in french, but must be understandable anyway... how to re-code DX...
: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_DX

Todd.Hanz
08-10-2009, 04:34
a most capapble rig

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3563/3350232522_85baeeb4ac_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3563/3349403195_1b0b03e3e0_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/3358569008_73987bf3c2_o.jpg

sadly I haven't used mine in months, need to get it back out ;)

Todd

kuvvy
08-10-2009, 04:59
btgc the 'sardine tin' Fuji may spoil the picture but it was a quick shot just to show my current line-up. The 28mm Fujinon lens outperforms any one of the others. It does have the snap mode but also you can choose to set other distances eg 0.35m-0.4-0.45-0.5-0.6-0.7.-0.8-0.9-1.0-1.2-1.5-2.0-2.5-3.0-5.0-10.0m-infinity by pressing a small rubber button on the back. Haven't shot this camera for a while and had considered letting it go. I seem to be letting the film users side down a little lately.
btgc, If you'd like to see some more of my shots from the Fuji take a peek here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kuvvy/sets/72157604705827596/

Fujifilm DL Super Mini

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2145/2438866116_a09d8ac30e.jpg

btgc
08-11-2009, 00:22
kuvvy, 'sardine tin' from Fujifilm sounds good piece of gear. Is VF easy to use? On Fuji Silvi VF is a bit cramped, while rest of camera is soooo gooood.

kuvvy
08-11-2009, 00:53
The vf is quite good, if a tad small but pretty clear.

David Hughes
08-11-2009, 04:46
Here's a shot of my current pocketable cameras. Picked up the original Stylus (bottom right) only yesterday for 2 at a car boot sale along with an Oly Trip 35 and PS200 flash for 5. Haven't shot a roll through most of these in ages but just couldn't resist a bargain.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3557/3807507098_9cfdf57f33.jpg

Interesting that the bottom right one is the USA version. Ours should have "OLYMPUS [mju:]-1" on the front.

Regards, David

kuvvy
08-11-2009, 05:00
I thought that too David. I once owned the Mju soon after it was launched and I also bought my daughter the champagne version which btw has only had about six rolls through it.

kzim56
08-11-2009, 05:17
I paid $8 for my champagne colored Epic. It looks like a little tourist camera.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3171/3098263742_afa0786cb0.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2507/3677534848_17fc26b1dc.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2119/1810502656_94afa0aac7.jpg

btgc
08-11-2009, 09:18
Regarding Epic/Mju - mine developed broken release button over years. Thanks ebay - got donor mju to take out little spring under release button. Without spring there's no half-press position. And yes, my Mju now takes pictures again. Wanted to make it working despite fact I have another great cameras.

David Hughes
08-12-2009, 01:28
I thought that too David. I once owned the Mju soon after it was launched and I also bought my daughter the champagne version which btw has only had about six rolls through it.

I guess it's the usual charity shop surprise. Where would we be without them for toys to play with? Still no Leica R6: can't understand it...

Regards, David

filmfan
12-01-2010, 18:41
One of my favorite cameras! (although I do not have very many scanned examples from it-- only one roll)

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/500/b_house.jpg


http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/500/samma.jpg

lawnpotter
12-01-2010, 19:19
What film and scanner did you use? I like your pictures.

filmfan
12-01-2010, 19:25
What film and scanner did you use? I like your pictures.

Thanks. I think that roll was HP5+ 400 scanned with a Nikon Coolscan 4000 ED.

lawnpotter
12-01-2010, 19:37
I was scared you would say you use a fim scanner, a bit over my budget. Epson v600 seems to fit my budget. I tried hp5 with my Epics but I found it a bit contrasty. I am really liking tri x

RFluhver
12-01-2010, 19:49
I have the Mju II 35/3.5. Cost me 3k yen. Expensive, yes, but that's Tokyo price. OTOH, virtually all other Mju versions, like the zooms, can be had for peanuts - like as low as 300 yen!

Brian Legge
12-01-2010, 20:11
I've been watching for one of these at shops for about 9 months.

I finally found one today for $3. Looks to be in excellent condition. I'll have to run a roll through it and find out.

filmfan
12-01-2010, 20:15
I was scared you would say you use a fim scanner, a bit over my budget. Epson v600 seems to fit my budget. I tried hp5 with my Epics but I found it a bit contrasty. I am really liking tri x

Yes, the one roll of HP5+ that I have used in the stylus came out very contrasty. However, knowing this allows one to cut back on developing time next round to control contrast. Thus, the contrast is only an issue for the first roll.

lawnpotter
12-01-2010, 20:39
i have not yet developed my own film

wblynch
12-08-2010, 16:59
...The real point is that the I has an oddity: you have to keep the "Self Timer" button pushed down whilst squeezing the shutter button to start it....

Regards, David


Thanks to this early post I see the secret has been revealed!

All this time I thought my Stylus Infinity's self timer was broken.

Thank you David!

-Bill

Andy Kibber
12-08-2010, 17:06
A fun little camera. I bought mine new seven or eight years ago.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v600/andrewsowerby/32980003.jpg

filmfan
12-08-2010, 17:16
Well, after two+ years of service, my Stylus Epic just broke.
I had a bit of whiskey last night and ended up dropping the Stylus on the hard-wood floor... busted it up.

europanorama
11-17-2011, 15:33
Since i didnt yet find a manual, i accidentally found out how to set time,date on my epic i found today for 7 chf only. i have the mju and mju zoo 35-70 too. plus two xa with all flashes. lens is a bit blueish i added filter infront of film when i used slidefilm. lens is a bit unsharp.

its a pity one cannot stop the camera from rewinding film completely. no big issue.
2. i could also set spot but cannot repeat it. how is it done? Thanks
update: have found it here:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/mju-ii/discuss/72157618961614559/
pushing the two big buttons
link to a manual?

David Hughes
11-19-2011, 03:27
Have you looked on ebay, they come up often enough?

Regards, David