Just a few days ago, I was on a shooting assignment in Vancouver’s Chinatown area, just taking pot shots of people and mostly anything I found interesting.
The camera I was using this time was not my favorite Ricoh GR1, nor my Olympus Trip 35..this time it was an Olympus XA.
Of all the film cameras I regularly use, I find the XA a real street shooter’s dream come true!
It’s such a tiny and comfortable camera to hold in your hand…it magically seems to fit almost anyone’s hand, and feels just right as well.
And the one major reason why I like it so much, and why nobody seems to bother seeing it in use in the streets, is because it’s so small, black in colour, and has no major knobs or buttons showing, that would bring it to the attention of anyone….I once was accosted while taking shots in New York..the person asked me to hand over money and valuables, so I gave him what little money I carry on photo-shoots, just a few bucks.
He saw the XA in my hand and told me to hand that over, too, and he looked at it awhile, then surprisingly, handed it back to me, saying “You can keep that piece of s***t….that ain’t any good to nobody..”! Or words to that effect!
So anyway, you get the picture.
A fabulously under-estimated camera, with enough features to put even modern cameras to shame.
I’m selling one here…