It’s a sad day – my favourite camera, the Olympus MjuII died last week. I should have seen it coming really, all the signs were there – overlapping frames, light leaks, strange noises… but I just ignored it, pretended everything was okay. Photographers should never outlive their cameras, should they? Why is technology so fragile?
So, in between bouts of sobbing, I choke back the tears and go onto eBay to find a replacement… this shouldn’t be too traumatic, or so I think. I do a search – ‘Olympus MjuII’ and ‘Olympus Infinity Stylus Epic’ (as it was branded in other countries)… from the start it’s obvious that I’m not the only person who likes these little 35mm film compacts. Now then, bearing in mind I picked up my Mju in a charity shop for £2, I’m sure you can imagine my surprise to see people asking up to £200 for a mint model. TWO. HUNDRED. POUNDS??!! Shitting-Hell, they didn’t cost that new!
These are the last images I took using my beloved MjuII. I’m going to have to get another, but maybe I’ll sell a kidney first.