The world’s smallest rangefinder!

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




About filmcamera999

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 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 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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2 Responses to The world’s smallest rangefinder!

  1. Scary. My worst fear – being accosted by an aggressive person while I’m out taking street photos.

    • hey, mike!
      yes, well..sadly, in this world we live in these days, things like this are always there.
      i hav a strict code taht i go by when shooting in streets..i dont carry more than a few bucks…i try not to look like a photographer, flashing expensive cameras around….i wear neutral clothing..nothing flashy….BUT, if the worst does happen, i always hand over whatevr they want…a lost Olympus Trip or XA is worth much less than my life…! thanks for dropping still in the UK or back in Poland now?

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