The MJU II Project No. 5

Over the past year or so I’ve been conducting a 35mm point and shoot film experiment with three different cameras (four if you count the one Olympus MJU II that I broke trying to fix a light leak issue: The Olympus Stylus Epic (also known as MJU II), the Holga 135, and the Nikon AF3 One•Touch. The Stylus Epic and the AF3 are known for their 2.8 lenses, and the Holga is just known for being the Holga (crap, but fun).

I was first drawn to trying out some point and shoot film cameras by reading the (former?) blog of Erik Mathy and the site 35mmc.com. It seemed like a fun way to get back to how I used to ride and shoot 15+ years ago with a point and shoot (Canon?) 35 mm. Whatever it was, I wish I still had it ’cause it took some pretty good pics.

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Crested Butte, CO in 2002-ish?

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The Teocalli Ridge loop out of Crested Butte in 2003.

Fast forward to 2015/16 and out of the three point and shoot film cameras I fool around with, the Olympus Stylus Epic is probably the easiest to carry around. However even with that ease of carry, I still often don’t think about grabbing it for a ride or hike given I have a few (better) digital cameras to choose from. I recently finally got around to finishing off a roll that must have been in the camera for six months or more and had it developed and scanned.

After learning to shoot with digital cameras in recent years, often in full manual, I find that shooting film on a point and shoot is a crap shoot for sure. Arguably, that’s part of the fun of it, but getting film developed and scanned these days is not all that cheap–roughly $13 a pop–with half the roll not turning out, it can be pretty expensive and I struggle to wonder if the experiment is worth it. If I lived in a more urban environment, or hung out with more people I think shooting with film would be more fun, but for the rural stuff I shoot while riding, I think I’ll always prefer a digital camera and instant gratification.

In any event, I’ve included a few photos below that I took over the past six months with the Stylus Epic. Sometime when the camera is on, it’s ON! Other times, not so much. The photos were shot with 400 ISO Lomography Color Negative Film. 200 ISO would have been better in some situations, but 400 is a nice middle ground.

Thanks for looking.

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Probably the best photo of the whole roll!

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