We'll get back to him later, but first let's look at the Mju 105 (with 38 to 105mm lens).
|Olympus Mju 105 with Kodak 400CN|
Maybe. But there is also no denying that you can take some amazing photos with this little camera. The lens is super sharp and produces images with lots of detail, tone and contrast. The exposure meter gets it right most of the time, although there were a couple of over-exposed images on the roll of 36 (but the Mju's automatic winder extends that out to 38 shots).
|Olympus Mju 105 (at 38mm)|
What it does have is a lens with 6 ED glass elements (yes, I said 6!) and 1 Aspherical element. That's a lot of good glass! And it certainly does seem to be working, with negatives that scanned as good as (if not better than) images from my Canon and Olympus 35mm SLR gear. That's pretty impressive!
|Lake Brunner, Moana|
|Olympus Mju 105|
And what about Joshua? How did he get on with the Mju 1 with fixed 35mm f3.5 lens?
|Lake Brunner as shot by Joshua on the Mju 1|
Very well actually. He thoroughly enjoyed shooting with the Mju 1 - so much so that at the end of the roll he told me he wanted one! He's not all that excited about photography, whereas his big sister has her own Canon 10D and is right into using her digital SLR whenever we go on walks as a family. Joshua has never really gotten excited about digital photography, but after using the Mju he told me he could get right into this film thing!
|Olympus Mju 1 with Fuji Superia 400|
It's a pity, because I would like to encourage him into photography as a hobby - but I think one film shooter in the family is enough!?
It does, however, highlight the fallacy around digital that claims it's 'what the youth want' and film is a dead art form. Many are finding that actually the opposite is true - but I'd never actually experienced this myself until this weekend with Joshua. He really was quite excited shooting film on the Mju, and wasn't at all concerned that he wasn't getting to see the images instantly.
|Frozen ground. Joshua, aged 10. Olympus Mju 1|
That's all I need. Two film shooters in the family!