Olympus µ[MJU:]-II

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Don't let its stuffy appearance fool you, this is the cream of the crop. The object of lust for any film-shooting hipster who has even half an idea what they want. With its splashproof body, accurate autofocus and a crisp 35mm F2.8 lens, the Olympus Infinity Stylus Epic (or Mju II) was the culmination of decades of refinements in the Olympus point and shoot film lines. It received several awards after its 1997 release and stubbornly continues to be the camera of desire for film enthusiasts everywhere. This camera still sells for upward of $100 USD, fetching even double that at the peak of its revived popularity. It's that good. 

There are also a slew of subtle, but important, features this camera has make it very appealing to experienced photographers. The viewfinder, for example, is surprisingly large and sharp. Despite being an automatic point and shoot, the camera also has a setting for spot metering; this allows more exposure control than one might think when combined with the AE lock. Even the programming is tuned for pro use, with the camera often preferring to keep the F2.8 lens wide open unless forced otherwise. While it appears similar to the numerous other Stylus series cameras that flooded the markets in the 90s, the high end features and exceedingly focused design make the Mju still something to behold- and unique in an otherwise rather forgettable pack.

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As it perhaps typical of the era though, I used all this analog horsepower to experiment on the street. The following few keepers were shot using expired Kodak E100G, overexposed and cross-processed in C41. Check out Phil Kneen if you want to see some better examples of what people can do with this mighty little compact.

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