Compact AF camera: Olympus Mju II vs. Nikon L35AF

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by nuno campos, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. nuno campos

    nuno campos Member

    Messages:
    16
    Joined:
    May 19, 2006
    Location:
    Viseu, Portu
    Shooter:
    35mm
    Hi,

    I am looking for a cheap P&S camera to put some B&W film on and to carry in the car and in the pocket and I am thinking on buying one of these 2: Olympus Mju II or Nikon L35AF.
    Is one lens better than the other?

    What would you choose?

    Best regards,

    Nuno Campos.
     
  2. Lol999

    Lol999 Member

    Messages:
    92
    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2007
    Location:
    Derbyshire,E
    Shooter:
    35mm
    I have the Nikon. It's probably larger than the Olympus. The Nikon has a great lens and is built to take abuse, hence it lives in my glovebox. I got mine for £10 inc postage off e-bay. Bargain!

    Cheers, Lol
     
  3. Mike Kennedy

    Mike Kennedy Member

    Messages:
    1,595
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2005
    Location:
    Eastern Cana
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I have both of them.Each are great cameras but the Nikon won't fire under low light unless you use the flash.That's a drag.You can shut off the Muji II's flash.
     
  4. mcgrattan

    mcgrattan Member

    Messages:
    506
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2005
    Location:
    Oxford, Engl
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Never used the L35AF but the mju II is great. The spotmetering feature really helps in low light.
     
  5. Markok765

    Markok765 Member

    Messages:
    2,266
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2006
    Location:
    Ontario, Can
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Another vote for the Mju II. It has a great lens, and slides with it turn out great!
     
  6. pentaxuser

    pentaxuser Subscriber

    Messages:
    8,256
    Joined:
    May 9, 2005
    Location:
    Daventry, No
    Shooter:
    35mm
    The MjuII will fit nicely in average size hands and be completely hidden in large hands. a good street photographer's tool. Once the lens shield is closed it hardly looks like a camera at all. It's shape lends itself to a pocket and its pretty weatherproof as well. Has a very good lens as well. In addition to being able to shut off the flash you can use red eye reduction if needed.

    Can't compare it to the Nikon as I haven't got both.

    pentaxuser
     
  7. tac

    tac Member

    Messages:
    246
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2007
    Location:
    Appalachia
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    The olympus lens is a 35mm f2.8; don't know about the nikon, and the oly is surprisingly sharp; I keep one or two in the glove box.
     
  8. nuno campos

    nuno campos Member

    Messages:
    16
    Joined:
    May 19, 2006
    Location:
    Viseu, Portu
    Shooter:
    35mm
    Thanks for the answers.
    The Nikon has a 5 elements 35mm 2.8 Nikkor.
     
  9. narsuitus

    narsuitus Member

    Messages:
    814
    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2004
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    The Nikon L35 is great for the times when I want to shoot with a simple, inexpensive, compact, easy to operate camera that takes high-quality photos. It is also useful for the times when I need to loan someone a camera. For example, when I shoot weddings, I sometimes give a camera to a female and ask her to go into a restricted area (like the women’s dressing room) and take candid photos of the bride.

    Here are my notes on the Nikon L35. I hope they are of some use to you:

    1. Motorized, auto-focus, auto-exposure 35mm film camera introduced in 1983
    2. ISO/ASA 25 to 400 in first model; 50 to 1000 in later model
    3. Film speed manually set
    4. 35mm f/2.8 three element lens (one review I read stated that it had a 5-element lens)
    5. Lens displays vignetting (darkening of the image edges)
    6. Auto focus from .8 meters to infinity or 2.6 feet to infinity
    7. No manual focus
    8. Power source: 2 AA alkaline batteries
    9. Motorized film winder
    10. Motorized film re-wind
    11. Motorized film advance strong enough to break film sprockets
    12. Filter size is 46mm (bought a 46-52mm step-up ring so I could use my 52mm filters and lens hood on the L35)
    13. Lens hood helps flare and camera’s appearance
    14. Light meter sensor located on lens so that reading is done through filter
    15. Auto exposure determines shutter speed and f/stop
    16. No manual exposure
    17. Has +2 exposure compensation
    18. Frame counter advances when camera is empty.
    19. Pop-up flash pops up automatically when needed for low-light situations
    20. In order to take long exposures without flash, one must hold the pop-up flash unit to prevent it from popping up
    21. Battery compartment door opens accidentally. Recommend taping door shut.
    22. On/Off switch will move into the off position all by itself
    23. Too easy to forget to turn self-timer off
    24. Great for bright sunlight
    25. Good for flash (with built-in flash)
    26. Poor for external flash (no hot shoe or PC connection)