Stylus Epic

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Stylus Epic

Post by minoly » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:54 pm

Browsing around the used cameras offered online by National Camera, a respected local store, I noticed an Olympus Stylus Epic Dlx in Near Mint condition at a price of $299.99. That got my attention. National has been a successful business for a long time so maybe they'll get pretty close to what they're asking.

Since I'm trying out P&S cameras these days, I thought I'd add some Epic photos to the ones that already appeared in the thread on the original Stylus started by Phil McFarland. I bought an Epic new around 2004 to use on a trip. As often happens, afterwards I found another one for a few dollars at Goodwill with a defective battery compartment latch --that was easily fixed with some electrical tape--so I have two. One winter when we were watching a friend's dog, I took this one along to pass the time during the dog's walk. The results really surprise me now when I look at them; the camera handled difficult conditions and quick shooting very well. Here are a couple of examples.
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Here are a couple photos of colorful scenes in winter (February) light.
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Discussions of the best P&S cameras are almost always positive about the Olympus Stylus cameras: good picture quality, ease of use, and reliability. There are a few minor negatives that I can mention: they're really small so sometimes I have trouble figuring out how to hold the Epic; there's also kind of an aftershock of noise when the exposure is made and I wonder if I've moved the camera before the shutter has closed (it hasn't been a problem so far); for B&W I need to keep experimenting-- I find the look of B&W from the Epic to be a little severe so I like the Minolta HiMatic AF2 better for that.

The Epic seems still to show up at thrift stores, though the number of P&S I see is smaller than it used to be. It's pretty likely that you can still get a working example at a good price.

(Photos were commercially developed and scanned. The two murals were photographed with Fuji 200. Details on the winter snow photos are lost.)

Bill Delehanty

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Re: Stylus Epic

Post by melek » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:14 pm

Bill, I really like those shots. I'm glad to hear that you took them in February and not ini last May.

Do both of your Epics make that noise?
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Re: Stylus Epic

Post by Julio1fer » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:33 pm

The fixed lens series of the Oly P&S has an excellent reputation. I have a later zoom lens version, which is not that great but useful anyway.

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Re: Stylus Epic

Post by PFMcFarland » Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:43 pm

I think the first Epic I got was defective, as there were a lot of bad exposures on the roll. Yours are definitely good, Bill.

My latest Epic is the Limited, with a deep Merlot colored body, panorama switch, date back, all weather sealing, and gold accents (lettering, buttons, face ring on lens). I've yet to run some film through it though.

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Re: Stylus Epic

Post by minoly » Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:50 am

Mike, I'm sorry that I didn't answer your question till now.

"Do both of your Epics make that noise?"

I tried both of my Epics. It happened that neither had film in it: not the same noise as when loaded. I suppose this means that the noise comes from advancing the film.

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