Ten years ago, my dad wanted to buy an affordable compact camera and I asked him to get the Olympus Mju II as I had just read an article in a French magazine called Chasseur d’Image in which the camera had had a very positive review. He got one.
Since then, the Mju II has become aÂ mythicalÂ camera revered by pro photographers because (i) it has a very sharp 35mm f/2.8 Zuiko lens, (ii) it has a spotmeter and (iiii) it is built like a tank.Â If used correctly, the Mju II has all which is required to take excellent photos (see some in the Mju II group onÂ Flickr.)
Ten years later (i.e. a few days ago), he finally took the plunge and got a digital compact camera. And he did something excellent: my dad gave me his Olympus Mju II as a gift!
I kept the Mju II on a table wondering whether I should bring it back to life… and I succumbed.Â I am proud to say that I have now gone back to basics:Â I have bought a roll of Fuji ISO 200 and got a new CR-123A battery. Now that the Olympus is alive and raring to go, I’ll be taking some photos over the next few days with it. Then I’ll have the film developed. Then I’ll scan the negative and, only then, will see (and make you see) the results.
Patience is a virtue, they say. I have to say that I’m loving to be patient. Like in old times.
That would be a golden opportunity to learn how to develop films, don’t you think?
Setting up a dark room and getting your own pics out of the roll, sounds interesting to me.
Take care with the shutter button, you might have a VERY limited number of clicks ;)
Nah. I’m too old for that.
I thought about learning to develop when I was 25 but quickly brushed the idea aside as I was not too keen in the chemistry of photography. As for the limited number of photos in a film roll, that’s excellent. You won’t believe it but I’ve only taken two pictures today. And I have no idea if they are good or not :-)
The problem with these kind of cameras is that it costs a lot to develop and hence we have to spend some more before we are able to see the photos we have taken. :P
Digital is so much more practical.
Film is different. Yesterday, I took a photo of Anya and Kyan and they immediately asked me to see the results. I told them that they would have to wait for a few days and they found that fascinating…
This is vintage stuff , give us a shout when you post the pictures.
I’ll do that, Frank.