Olympus mju-ii(Olympus Stylus Epic)

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  1. joe7

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    just bought this compact and lightweight PnS camera at a very good price from my friend.i'm planning to use this camera as a backup and when i want to travel light.
    the problem is,i can't set the ISO manually,the ISO is DX coded.Can i DIY the DX coded at the film cartridge by something like sticker,etc..?
    sorry if i'm asking a silly question,really hope that i can solve this problem.
    i would like to push Trix to 800 or 1600 with this little camera,but with the DX coding,it's impossible to do it.
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    Yes you can and unfortunately it is the only way. The mju is in many ways too automatic with no overrides. It was really meant for "snappers" who had no ambition or probably knowledge about ISO/Els.

    pentaxuser
     
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    Also the camera has only 4 DX sensors rather than the normal 6 which means it only 'reads' full stop speeds: 25,50,100,200,400,800,1600,3200. Some info on this at the bottom of this page: http://photo.net/equipment/olympus/mjuII
     
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    Fundamentally a nice camera, about as compact as you can get for a 35mm and truly shirt-pocketable. My main gripe was that after about a year mine began letting light in somewhere around the viewfinder. When it started it only affected the area of the film perfs but latterly extended into the frame area. My next experiment will be to run a film through with a strip of light proof tape along the top edge of the door. The DX stickers work fine. I've had to use them as I load film from bulk stock.
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    My Mju is also letting in light, it just started happening on the last roll. At first I thought it might be the little film window as the plastic recently got pushed in a little. I've put tape over it and I'm waiting to see what the results will be on my next roll. This is the third Mju I've had, I think they're great.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies:smile:
    my mju-ii is champagne/gold colour with quartz date,is it possible for me to turn off the date function while shooting?i don't need the date function for my photo.
    i'm going to get the battery for this camera tomorrow and load Trix 400,can't wait any longer:tongue:
     
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    Yes, you can turn it off. I believe you push it until the display is all dashes.

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    I have the same one, after previously having the MUCH COOLER ( :smile: ) plain black one for 7 years. You definitely don't have to use the date function.

    I have unfortunately not gotten around to using DX stickers myself, but overall it's a fairly capable camera in many ways. I love mine. I use the Trip 35 when I want a few more features (meaning control over ISO and focus), I use the Epic when I want flash & light weight (mainly for parties, but because it's so light sometimes I just toss it in my work bag every day until I finish a roll).

    This is a summing-up I wrote about the Epic a few weeks ago:
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/ishootfilm/discuss/72157622972840289/#comment72157623098141544
     
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    You can use a sharper and a knife to change the DX coding. Just color in squares with the sharpie where you want them, and scrape the paint off (or sand it off) where you don't want it. You could also use tape instead of the sharpie.
     
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    i would like to change the DX from 400 to 800,how to modify the DX code for the 400 using sharpie/knife?is there any URL about the DX coded reference?
     
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    Changing from 400 to 800 is easy as just one black square needs to be scratched off. Check this "DX Simulator":

    http://www.imageaircraft.com.au/DXsim/

    Just look at the change when you switch between 400 and 800.
     
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    thanks for the link..it is very useful:tongue:
     
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    FYI, the mju-ii will "assume" 100 iso film if you insert a bulk load cartridge with no DX coding.
     
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    is there any website for me to download the manual for this camera?
     
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    I got this from somewhere on the web. It's a bunch of jpg scans of the manual, but it works: link.

    Let me know if there is a problem.
     
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    Thanks for the manual..it's really helpful:smile:
     
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    I have been looking for a while, where can you buy the stickers with the dx code on them?
     
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    In the U.S.:

    http://www.porters.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=dx+coded+film+labels

    (I haven't used them personally, but don't see how you could go wrong.)

    Light leaks/reflections seem to be an issue with the Epic/MJUII. I've had several and more than one have given me a weird reflection, seemingly off the paper 'frame' thingy that surrounds the lens on the inside. I've never figured out the problem and it is infrequent enough to not worry about.

    I have taken some nice slides on Velvia with my Epics but really love the prints I get with good 400-speed negative film. Have fun with it.
     
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    The last months I've stumbled over two of these on flea-markets, and bought them. Just got the first rolls back from dev (color, I do not yet do that at home) and I was not that impressed.

    I think I am way too used now to having full control and being able to set aperture and knowing where my focus actually is (I mostly do manual focus on my SLR's). Though I can clearly see the quality of the lens, but these two will have to go again, nothing for me, unfortunately, as it's a very neat little pocket camera and the optics is pretty impressive for the size!

    :smile:
     
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    I've had one of these cameras from new, use it all the time and have had no problems with it. It has its quirks, flash default is auto so you have to set it to off, and the aperture stays open relative to shutter speed longer than most people would prefer, but it's still a very capable compact camera if you work within its limits. The MjuII is among the cheapest high quality lens compact cameras on the market today, and delivers images that compete with much more expensive cameras.
     
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    I shoot slide film exclusively and have always found the exposure on the Stylus to be spot on - even with difficult lighting. As I recall it has a backlight compensation and will lock the exposure when the shutter button is half way down. That gives sufficient control over any exposure situation I've ever had.