Film Cameras: Olympus mju II aka Stylus Epic

Classic camera Olympus mju II
I picked up this Olympus mju II (µ II) used in 2014, way before the prices skyrocketed (don’t blame me). My battle-worn Olympus has seen plenty of miles and the finish is blemished but the motor and other functions still show no signs of failure. The paint looks like a champagne gold finish, way more fun than standard black or silver. This camera is dear to me because it is a fine travel companion. It fits into my shirt pocket, has a fill flash, works in the rain, and focuses pretty damn close to your subject.

For the most part, this is a dummy camera with auto everything. There are two key features though that give you some manual control. One is the spot meter, which helps you focus and expose for the center of the frame. The other is the flash disable. Unfortunately, you have to dial in these settings every time you turn the camera on by sliding the front door.

Classic camera Olympus mju II

There’s also a data back that imprints the date or time onto your 35mm photos. It comes out in red, which is pretty cool and reminiscent of the 90’s.

Classic camera Olympus mju II

If you want to overexpose your color negatives or underexpose and push some black and white, you’ll need to take a blade and scratch away the DX code on your film canisters prior to loading. Alternately, if you need to cover up for other codes, you can use some nail polish or tape to prevent electrical contact between the exposed metal on the canister and the sensors inside your camera.

Below are some photos from the last two years. I’m going to break tradition with my blog only covering weddings and engagements. I do a lot more than just wedding photography and I draw from all of my experiences (nine years counting) when I’m on assignment.

HP5 400 on the olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Nephews on HP5 400
Kodak Ektar 100 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Me on Ektar 100
Kodak Ektar 100 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Somewhere along the Sierra on Ektar 100
Kodak Gold 400 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Pacific Northwest on Kodak Gold 400
Kodak Gold 400 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Pacific Northwest on Kodak Gold 400
Provia 100 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Tanabata Matsuri on Provia 100
Provia 100 on olympus mju ii - Stephen Tang Photo
Odie on Provia 100

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