Why I love the Olympus XA…..

There are loads and loads of film cameras that come under the miniature label…Rollei 35, Olympus Pen, Minox etc are just some of them.

But out of all of these, I always keep coming back to the Olympus XA…why…read on!

First of all, amongst the miniatures, this one is the only one that has a rangefinder built-in. That itself is a remarkable feature, and to have included it in a such a small camera required the whole camera, including the lens system, to be resigned from scratch totally.

Then there are the other features such as the superb f2.8 Zuiko 6 element lens, an ingenious sliding cover that hermetically seals the whole front of the camera when not in use….no lens cap needed, a backlight compensation function which allows you to shoot into the light without fear of over-exposing and so on.

What is more the battery life is stupendous..the 2 button cells last typically 5 to 8 years!

That’s the techie blurb, but what about the results? No need to worry….the results are absolutely superb, too…very sharp and contrasty….see some examples below.

I have one of mine for sale here….

If you want a camera that you can take anywhere, and carry in your pocket or handbag, and that will perform as well, and in some cases even better than digital cameras, the Olympus XA is for you!

photo: goodephotography.wordpress.com

photos courtesy flickr.com (unless otherwise stated)



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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 years...my first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money back...no arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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4 Responses to Why I love the Olympus XA…..

  1. iamamro says:

    You’re absolutely right, it’s quite the best camera!

  2. Yes, you’re right! I have one too, who I had see the result of the first roll I was overjoyed!! Is a great camera!

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