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      02.03.2014 15:12
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      Time to go digital

      So back in the old days the big expensive cameras would be used by professionals and we would have an instamatic or portable jobby that we would carry around on holiday or use for family get togethers. Today everyone has a camera on their phone and some of those cameras are very good, if not better, as your average carry around camera and so the traditional camera in the case on the way out. Many Smartphone's have zooms, photo editing and powerful processors to produce really good pictures and so killed 35mm stone dead. Some have up to 8 Megapixel clarity, enough for a professional photo shoot in a studio. Global warming fear has been driven by the ability of you and me to take pictures of extreme weather as it happens, weather that has always been there, as example of how powerful we become with a camera to record and video instant events. These cameraphones are changing the media as we, the people, know it and we become the journalists. Everyone wants a cool camera on their phone but not so much the normal chunky camera we all used to lug around. The days of the traditional portable camera are coming to and end, Kodak already winding up its developing film departments. 35MM film has long since died a death and only mugs like me still carrying a 35mm SLR.

      I purchased a big Nikon D60 and likewise lens to take photos at sports events to go with my writing but I also carry a small camera around in my bag in case a photo opportunity arrives. I think a love of writing marries with a love of taking pictures as they are one of the same things, both telling a story. The great photos always tell a story of an exceptional event in an every day setting and situation. Nothing worse than staged and complex photos by professionals, like the macro shot of an insect on a flower. The most famous photo of all is of a Vietcong officer shooting a guy in the head on the street in front of the public that was snapped there and then. It's all about the moment and you need a camera on your for that moment. Even David Bailey carried a little 35mm around with him for that moment that could never be staged.

      My cameraphone isn't great and I hardly use it and so still have my old 35mm in the bag. I don't use it much either but its there to take the picture when I need to, be it at a sports event or out and about.
      It is an old fashioned film camera so I'm one of those people who still send photos off to be developed. I still find digital photography lazy and unromantic. I like the photos coming in the post although I will admit it's barely twice a year I do that now. Sports snappers can take 20 shots second and so not that difficult getting the right image, why their professional wages have fallen in recent years.

      The Olympus MJU is a standard SLR (Single Lens Reflex) that you point and click, the automatic telescopic zoom becoming erect like a porn star on cue and focusing the shot for you, powered by a small electronic motor. The 135mm file format is standard with likewise red eye reduction. If people have red eyeballs in your photos it means they are an alien being from another planet and this still the best way to discover that. Don't be alarmed as they come in peace. You can change the lens (comes with 30-80mm) for a more powerful one but this not that type of camera and the auto-focus perfectly fine for the job in hand. Its nota pretty looking thing so not a poser's camera. The flash is ok and the camera automatically loads the next shot. The film is a bit fiddly to load in the ack. This type of lens allows for decent indoor shots and panorama stuff, the ideal wedding and special occasion's camera back in the day with lots of automatic whirring when you pressed the buttons. I would also say a good tourist camera. It also has a button you can press to print the dates on the photos, plus all the other buttons that don't actually do much but add thirty quid to the price when the model is launched.

      Its light to carry but sturdy enough, designed more to 'bounce' than 'thud' off the pavement and has not suffered too badly from being at the bottom of my backpack for a few years, waterproof and not something that scratches and wears easy. I think it was launched around 2005 and I bought it about then, just before it all went digital. As I say I don't use it much but good for lending to older people at weddings and parties to take pictures, a method they are more comfortable with. You know what older women are like with technology and so these cameras reassuring.

      I don't think you can buy this model in the shops anymore and something you can only get on EBay ect. Obviously 35mm film is dinosaur stuff and only for the purist. Saying that if you are keen on sticking with 35mm and buying stuff off EBay it's hard not to put this camera down as it does everything for you - accept develop the film, of course, the reason why its on Ebay.

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        12.09.2006 11:26
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        Nice deal for medium and cool photographers

        Olympus launched the µ[mju:] series with the µ[mju:] camera in March 1991, recording total shipments of one million cameras within the first year. The µseries has continued to perform well, with shipments reaching 10 million cameras in February 1998 and 20 million cameras in 2001, the series' 10th anniversary year. The µ series features an ultra-compact, lightweight design as well as high-level functionality and exceptional picture quality. To maintain its leadership position in the market for compact cameras, Olympus aspires to develop new products in the µ series that capture the hearts of customers.


        Birth of µ[mju:]
        The development of the µ camera began with the idea of creating a camera that not only took pictures, but was also a joy to own. The µ series was born with the launch of the µ[mju:] standard autofocus compact camera in March 1991. Based on the concept of "small beauty," the µ series offers a range of ultra-compact, lightweight cameras that are a pleasure to own. These high-performance cameras make it easy to take gorgeous pictures, and their stylish design achieves an aesthetic beauty that enriches the camera owner.


        µ[mju:] Series Design
        In designing the µ series, Olympus broke from a more traditional approach to camera design, opting instead for a stylish "wave style" design that highlights the camera's portability. The design creates a natural beauty that is perfectly smooth when the lens cover is closed. The styling of the camera's three-dimensional contour considers ergonomic factors that enhance holding comfort. Subsequent models in the µ series continue to uphold the basic concept of the original µ camera.


        Not going to techky but this is really good one i m have one but if u think u need this for Computer digital fun then not a good choice but a nice zoom feature with digital effects really good for non digital user easy to use and nice resolution

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          26.07.2006 01:10
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          A finest Mju 35mm film compact camera for non-digital users

          **OVERVIEW – About Olympus
          Prior to the digital technology majority of our cameras (either SLR- single lens reflex or automatic/compact) are using film processing to develop the images taken. Several brands and models are available in the market to provide high-quality images using the 35 mm films, both colored and black and white exposures. One of them is OLYMPUS.

          Briefly, Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. established in 1919 under the name of Takachiho Seishakusho (Japan) until 1921 when the firm formally used ‘Olympus’ as the official trademark. Olympus is the first optical firm to produce the world first microscope, gastrocamera, and the microcassette recorder. Today, Olympus is one of the leading global companies to provide state-of-the art roll films and digital camera formats. The first semi roll film series started in 1936 and the 35mm roll film model in 1948.

          **INTRODUCTION – Olympus Mju 35mm film series
          The Mju 35 film series started its production in 1991 which is popularly known in the US as “Stylus / Stylus Epic” to the present. The zoom base models are: Zoom 70 (35-70mm/F4.5-6.9), Zoom 105 (38-105mm/F4.5-8.9), Zoom 115 (38-115mm/F4.5-9.7), Zoom 140 (38-140mm/F4-11), Zoom Wide 80 (28-80mm/F4.5-8.4), II Zoom 80 (38-80mm/F4.5-8.4).

          Prior to my Olympus IR-500 digital camera (2005 model, £130), I’m still using my Mju Zoom 140 deluxe which I bought (A$200) in Australia and heavily used during my 2003 winter vacation in the UK and Europe. However, my first unit was on the same series (Mju 70 at 40,000 Yen) which I bought in Japan in 1999. In other words, I have been a loyal user of Olympus for the past 7 years; and at present, the Mju Zoom 140 model is my back-up unit in case my IR-500 will run of battery and memory storage.

          **Mju ZOOM 140 deluxe FEATURES and SPECS
          Manufactured in 1998, this model has the following basic features: Built-in 38mm - 140mm 3.7X zoom lens; weatherproof metal body for carefree use on rainy day; quartz date or time imprinting; functions such as spot metering, night scene and various flash mode; ultra-compact and extravagant design; Panoramic picture size option; Olympus zoom 140; Full-automatic 35 mm auto-focus lens-shutter camera with built-in 38-140mm zoom lens.

          **EXPERIENCE with Mju Zoom 140 deluxe
          1.Image/Photo Processing and Quality
          For almost 3 years of using it, this model provided me admirable photos of my travel and interesting subjects. Since it is a film developing, resolution is not a problem for image enlargement. With the current improvement in developing, I was able to restore my image in CD and at the same time having the negatives for safe-keeping. However, it is recommended to have a dust and scratch-free film holder for better future re-copying. I also used scanner for alternative option for re-copying and storing; unfortunately, the quality is not 100% good as of the original.

          2.Shooting Modes
          Unlike other models/brands, this unit can take images in “panoramic” orientation, especially good for landscapes (beach, mountains, etc.) without any computer manipulation for printing. With the same macro or tele-photo principle, this unit could also take images from afar due to its zoom lens feature. Similar to digital unit, it has also the basic modes for shooting such as red eye removal, night time/in-door and even no-flash mode for outdoor location. It has also a focusing knob (fine tuning) for blurred images in most cases in close-up shooting. For night mode, however, the photos are blurred, so I suggest, just use the flash and the red eye removal option.

          It has a built-in timer control for personal shots within 2-3 meters away from the unit. I also found out that the remote control of my old Mju 70 model can be used in this unit as well. It has a built-in flash which is very sensitive for possible breakage especially if you hold the camera carelessly. The other feature of this unit that other digital compact cameras do not have is the “tripod socket” where you could attach your portable tripod when you are taking fast moving objects (spanning) to eliminate hand shaking.

          3. Battery
          The battery is non-rechargeable CR123A Lithium battery. It lasts at least 8-10 rolls of 36 exposures. I always remove the battery from the camera unit if Im not using it for a long time. In so doing, it somehow extends the life of the battery. Using the zoom lens to its maximum level will take a lot of battery power, thus it is recommended to put it in the normal mode while not in use. It has also an indicator screen for the number of exposures used and the battery life.

          **HIGHLIGHTS
          Since it is an old model, it is not be available in the camera stores, however, it is available in e-bay and other on-line services and the cost is more affordable from digital one. It is highly recommended for people who do not have access to computers and digital printing. Film exposure is still convenient for excellent quality photos compare to digital imaging, particularly for digital units having less than 3.1 megapixels. This model is also suitable for young adults who have interest in photography. It is one of the finest Mju 35 mm film series models (for back-up) that make photography an interesting undertaking. Lastly, ideal for shooting subjects like animals that are housed in a cage or there is obstruction (bars screen) and you could possibly move the lens inside the cage and you can take photos with the animals perfectly without the cage shown in the picture.

          IN CONCLUSION, this review is not sufficient to show the performance of this model, without showing the real (scanned) photos using this camera; unfortunately, I can not include it in my review. Maybe someday dooyoo could provide us the option to include images to support our reviews on cameras.

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