why do you guys like the stylus epic?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Mike Henley, May 20, 2004.

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    Mike Henley Guest

    I see a lot of photography enthausiasts mention the Olympus Stylus
    Epic (Mju-ii). What's the big deal about this camera and why all the
    mention of it?
     
    Mike Henley, May 20, 2004
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    Thad Guest


    The Olympus Stylus Epic has a pretty fast 2.8 lens. The images are sharp
    up to at least 8 X 10. The built in spot mode is a nice feature. The
    camera does better in low light situations with 400/800 film than other
    cameras for the same price or even slightly more expensive. There are
    only a handful of non-zoom 35mm point and shoot cameras available.
    Non-zoom lenses are simply better than zooms, especially for these small
    cameras. The Contax T3, Rollei AFM35, Yashica T4/T5 and the Leica
    Minilux series are probably the only 35mm non-SLR cameras that you can
    find that will beat image quality of the Stylus Epic, and they all cost
    a ton more.
     
    Thad, May 20, 2004
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    Peter Irwin Guest

    - It is a pretty nice, pocketable camera
    - It has a faster (f/2.8) lens than most other P&S cameras.
    - The lens is sharper and more contrasty than those on a zoom P&S,
    and is pretty good by any standard.
    - The autoexposure system strongly favours fast shutter speed
    and wide aperture combinations. This reduces motion blur and
    camera shake.
    - The spot metering mode makes it fairly easy for a sophisticated
    user to control the point which is in focus.

    I bought one for a friend for her birthday a year and a half ago.
    I ran a couple of films through it to test it out and I liked it
    a lot. I'm a manual camera person myself, but I'm seriously
    considering getting one because it is so small and handy.

    Peter.
     
    Peter Irwin, May 20, 2004
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    C.G. Guest

    I had one about a year ago (until I got very drunk at a wedding and lost it) and loved the results
    from it. Crisp, sharp, well-exposed images did it for me. And it's a nice size too.

    --
    Colm


    : I see a lot of photography enthausiasts mention the Olympus Stylus
    : Epic (Mju-ii). What's the big deal about this camera and why all the
    : mention of it?
     
    C.G., May 20, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    [insert] "current production"
    There may be others, not so sure, but there are certainly lots of out of
    production cameras that do - the just discontinued Ricoh GR1 and GR10 are
    the first to come to mind, and going back further offerings from Canon,
    Olympus, Konica, and Yashica.

    But yes, if you are looking at camers currently in production, I wouldn't
    argue about the Mju-II having little competition, and probably none at its
    price point.


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, May 20, 2004
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    Lung Fish Guest

    (Mike Henley) wrote in
    I got one for my wife and we used it as a back up on our trip overseas last
    year. The main points are that the lens is very nice, the price is very
    low, and it handles quite well.
     
    Lung Fish, May 20, 2004
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  7. Its the lens.
    I use leicas.
    I bought one for my wife.
    When I see the prints I cry.

    Gordon
     
    Gordon Hudson, May 20, 2004
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Come on, her photos can't be that bad...


    ;-)
     
    Peter Chant, May 20, 2004
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  9. Today I got seventy two new reasons to like my Mju II- including a rather
    lovely picture of my friend's new son. I surprise my lecturers frequently
    with slides from my Mju II, they're that sharp. The exposures are accurate
    on Velvia 100F, although I haven't given it a try on the more demanding
    Velvia 50 yet. The rather handy viewfinder has a sort of upside down
    periscope effect that gives a viewpoint much closer to the lens than
    otherwise.

    There are competitive- and indeed superior, apparently- lenses on other
    production and recently discontinued compacts, but many of them are far less
    competitively priced. The only one even close- the rather nice GR1v- had a
    lens slightly too wide for general use, IMO. I had the GR-1s for about eight
    hours before returning it- I already had a 28mm lens for my Nikon and
    couldn't see the benefit in another- yet my Mju II has accompanied me every
    day for the last two months or so, and has laboriously chewed through a half
    dozen slide films and numerous print films.

    The only bad comments i've heard on the Mju II are from colleagues at the
    camera shop I work at, who claim it has a very high incidence of faults. I
    have seen no evidence of this yet.
     
    Martin Francis, May 20, 2004
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    k Guest

    i shoot one with my F3 / 50mm f1.8

    its small and great for grab shots when i need the quick reactions.
    it's also less intimidating, great for documentry work.

    k
     
    k, May 20, 2004
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