Hackney Wick has become a haven for creatives over the last 5 years, the once wasteland of London has been converted into acres and acres of space for artists of all formats, so what better place to test my Olympus Mju-i out, than the Wick-It would be a fitting place, considering the celebration of vintage fashion within that area!
The Olympus Mju-i is the predecessor to the widely popular and iconic Mju-ii, the Mju-i comes at half the price of its successor, and with little difference. The lens is sharp, the look and feel of the camera are very sleek, the controls are very easy to use and the auto-focus for a point-and-shoot is very good.
I guess the main differences to the Mju-i are that the Mju-ii shows less vignetting and is probably a tact sharper, especially around the corner. The light meter is also slightly better on the Mju-ii and does much better during darker hours. But overall, the Mju-i is really a bang for your buck and an excellent (almost perfect) alternative to the significantly more expensive Mju-ii.
Overall. I think this camera really captured the essence of Hackney Wick and this wonderful warehouse space that is nestled in the heart of the Wick. I decided to shoot a roll of Portra-400 and experiment with the auto-flash, as you can see the pictures for a point and shoot that I bought for £10 is quite sharp, and the fill flash does a great job in getting the necessary details in the frame, for exactly the type of look I was going for.
All I have to say is that this camera is built so well, and perfect for the street photographer. It can be so daunting, especially as a beginner to go around taking photos in public, but this camera quells any worries due to its size and speed. It’s a nice little camera to pull out and take a snapshot for when you want to capture moments you just can’t miss, almost like a more refined mobile phone camera, just with the added joy and experience of shooting film! Just watch out for the light leaks! Although, I do like the vintage feeling it provides to my frame.
Overall, I’ve truly enjoyed shooting with this camera, and I can’t stress enough how much I enjoy the ease and convenience this camera provides. It’s one that you should be taking on holiday, and with travel being an option again in the new year, I think I’ll be taking more shots with my Olympus Mju-i.
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