Olympus Mju—Revived, Revisited and Reviewed
In every camera bag, there is a forgotten camera. Going through mine, I found the Olympus Mju (film camera, 35mm lens, f3.5) which had not been used since 2001. Fortunately, I had taken the battery out so there was no risk of battery leakage in the intervening years. I remembered the camera fondly—especially its capacity to lie on the floor, self timer ticking away while a bunch of friends put their heads in a circle and looked down it: try it sometime, it makes great party or group photos. It also had a good lens and took good “grab” shots with fast film in decent light (f3.5 lens), or with flash.
Last week, I bought a new battery and popped in Tri-X film and took some pictures. I was surprised by the result. Yes—one of them is of the cat, but it shows the value of the flash, plus fast film. The rest are grab shots from the street. Good light is needed to overcome the 3.5 lens, or you can use the flash to fill-in. The downside is that using the viewfinder accurately requires you to put your eye right behind the viewfinder.
The verdict—it is small, does the job and from time-to-time it can come with me to accompany my Ricoh GRD 4. The film and digital and 28mm and 35mm combination gives versatility – as long as the light is good.