Olympus Mju - yours for $400!
Old 08-02-2018   #1
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Olympus Mju - yours for $400!

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/la...652245539.html

Sounds about right.
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Old 08-03-2018   #2
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only $100-130 too much.

i went with a konica big mini bm-302, $160 in mint condition. f3.5 isn't so bad, is it? and it looks so much nicer.
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Old 08-03-2018   #3
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Ridiculous price.
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Old 08-03-2018   #4
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Good read about good alternatives:

https://www.casualphotophile.com/201...int-and-shoot/


https://www.casualphotophile.com/201...-film-cameras/

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Old 08-03-2018   #5
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"Brand new and newer used. Film and batteries inside since a day of purchase."


Always comforting to pay top dollar for a camera that has had a battery sitting in it for 20 years or so. What could possibly go wrong?
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Old 08-03-2018   #6
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The price is obscene, it became a cult camera. I had many mju's II - bought them for 5 to 30€, played, sold for much more. But I always keep at least one mju II ( it happens to be the one I bought brand new when they were still in production), maybe I should have kept two with the current prices because I really like this camera.
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Old 08-03-2018   #7
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Forget the mju, I've got a beat up XA that I'll sell for half that price.
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Old 08-03-2018   #8
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I still own (from new) the Olympus Stylus Infinity (mju I). I run a roll through it every year. Mine is beat up but still works perfectly and its lens it great (maybe greatest):

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Old 08-03-2018   #9
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Bought mine for $30 which I thought was expensive. Sold for $125. Hated that you had to keep turning off the flash.


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Old 08-03-2018   #10
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I sold a non-mint one with some minor scratches on ebay last year for $300. Evidently they were big on college campuses as pocketable, go-anywhere cameras.


Given what mint cameras go for, I wouldn't be surprised if someone was willing to pay $350-400 for it.
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Bought mine for $30 which I thought was expensive. Sold for $125. Hated that you had to keep turning off the flash.


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It became a single motion to me open the cover and tap the flash button twice. Annoying, but manageable.
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Turning any old camera into a cult camera always jacks up the price to ridiculous levels.

I been trying to laud the FED 5B and 5C cameras into cult status, so I can get rid of some for a good profitable price , but no luck.

Maybe if one is used in a Blockbuster Hollywood movie then that will change.
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I sold a non-mint one with some minor scratches on ebay last year for $300. Evidently they were big on college campuses as pocketable, go-anywhere cameras.


Given what mint cameras go for, I wouldn't be surprised if someone was willing to pay $350-400 for it.
This explains it for sure!

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Turning any old camera into a cult camera always jacks up the price to ridiculous levels.

I been trying to laud the FED 5B and 5C cameras into cult status, so I can get rid of some for a good profitable price , but no luck.

Maybe if one is used in a Blockbuster Hollywood movie then that will change.
I have 2, 3 and Zorki, but 5B is one which works fine and has normal flash terminal and frames counter. Too large I guess. Like Bessa R2M.
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I have 2, 3 and Zorki, but 5B is one which works fine and has normal flash terminal and frames counter. Too large I guess. Like Bessa R2M.
The Fed 5B and 5C cameras have been the most reliable of my LTM FSU cameras. (but they are the newest too)

The only problem with them is VF fogging on the 5C and the RF ( vertical and horizontal 2nd image) needs frequent re-calibration because it tends to go out of wack even with Loctite or nailpolish on the adj' screw and prism bezel.

Not a big deal but kind of a pain.
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This explains it for sure!
But what about the death of film!?

I saw an xa2 at a local antique store for $180 and scoffed. Prices for small cult cameras are on the rise
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One of the reasons I love Mju II is that this camera tends to prioritize wide aperture thus making DOF quite narrow - great for portraits. I know - not so good for landscape, but it depends on what you shoot...


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But what about the death of film!?

I saw an xa2 at a local antique store for $180 and scoffed. Prices for small cult cameras are on the rise
Hmm , I have a minty XA still in the box but I always preferred the simple XA 1 with the selenium metering as the ideal P&S machine.

At one time thru the 1980s and early 1990s, I managed to buy a total of 11 new XA 1 cameras, but I only have one well used Oly XA 1 left, as I gave the rest away as gifts to various people.
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But what about the death of film!?

I saw an xa2 at a local antique store for $180 and scoffed. Prices for small cult cameras are on the rise
I don't think I ever extrapolated it to DoF level.

XA and Mju are flaky cameras with crapping out electronics, once you start to use them (not in one roll per year mode).
Status or not, they are not made anymore and becoming less and less available. Because they are not build like FED-5D to last.
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I don't think I ever extrapolated it to DoF level.

XA and Mju are flaky cameras with crapping out electronics, once you start to use them (not in one roll per year mode).
Status or not, they are not made anymore and becoming less and less available. Because they are not build like FED-5D to last.
The XA -1 is the most rugged of the Oly XA series

Most well used top of the line XA cameras tend to have faded RF patch that makes them scale focusing cameras.

I never had any problems running many rolls of film thru the simple XA-1 and I found them to be rugged cameras for plastic compact clam-shell cameras.

I got one XA-1 back from a family relative that was broken beyond repair, as his kid ran over it with his bike on the lawn.

The VF was still intact though and I made a separate 35mm VF from the salvaged optics and hand made a hand- filed brass casing complete with a cold foot to fit my FSU cameras when I use the J-12 lens on them.
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my XA sees weekly use. It's a great grab and go camera if I don't feel like taking a camera bag with me. Mines a little scuffed and has some use to it but the viewfinder is in excellent shape.
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A while back I found a champagne one in a junk bin at a Thrift Store with a battery in it. It worked fine. It was scuffed but heck,
the battery alone was worth more than the $2 I paid for it.
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Price also depends on location. EU, the craze is already subsiding. I have a very nice Mju-I (the 3.5 version) that I've been trying to trade for a some 120 or preferably 220 film but no luck so far. The Mju sits idle in a box full of P&S cameras, I'm not shooting small format much anymore.
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Price also depends on location. EU, the craze is already subsiding. I have a very nice Mju-I (the 3.5 version) that I've been trying to trade for a some 120 or preferably 220 film but no luck so far. The Mju sits idle in a box full of P&S cameras, I'm not shooting small format much anymore.
I am not sure... I had one broken mju 1, put that on ebay "for spares/repair" and it was immediately purchased (UK buyer). 20 for non-working camera...
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I still own (from new) the Olympus Stylus Infinity (mju I). I run a roll through it every year. Mine is beat up but still works perfectly and its lens it great (maybe greatest):

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John it is nice to see your results and I dug up some searching about the Mju I.
I got a couple of these from a thrift store for less than $10 and both seem to work though one has a weak battery (both batts have a due date of 2012). That was a fantastic find as I moved towns and didn't carry 35mm.


Funny that film costs more than the camera. I'm thinking but lazy to sell one of these to cover film costs.


Sharpness wise I don't know. It seems curious that it's "just" a triplet lens, perhaps I should be cautious and develop one instead of keep shooting although the machine seems to work perfectly.


Aside of the always flash on, I feel they are slightly clunky. Mju II I have no idea but Value wise $400 might get you a dozen to 20 Nikon N90 bodies off KEH.
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Yes, that 'flash on' is an irritation but being able to hold it in your mouth when getting into a pool trumps that.

Also, the fill flash setting is really great.
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Old 08-03-2018   #26
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Nice! A 400 dollar light leak. I’ve been needing one of those.

**yes bitter, every mju or mju ii I’ve had has had the dreaded light leak. My stylus zooms on the other hand seem just fine.
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Someone has to be seeing that there is a market for a new compact 35mm P&S style camera... all of the ones worth using have skyrocketed in price.

JCH?

https://petapixel.com/2017/09/25/jap...ompact-camera/
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Old 08-10-2018   #28
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Trouble with MJU II is you never know when they’re going to crap out. That’s not so painful if you paid $10-20 but I would be awfully pissed if I paid $400

Those guys paying that are fools asking for disappointment.
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You wait, a Korean pop-star will be photographed with one wrapped around their wrist next week - $400 will become a bargain.
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People get all uptight about asking prices. The people PAYING the high prices are to blame for the uptick.
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