- Oct 26, 2015
Just received, about an hour ago, the Olympus XA I ordered from Japan. Arrived 6 days early. Excelllent shape outside, the viewfinder is pristine; no problems with the rangefinder patch; everything works. Came with the A11 flash, which also works. I've Rangefinders by Minolta and Konica that dwarf this little thing. View attachment 325729 I've a roll of fujifilm Xtra400 de-frosting, and tomorrow it's supposed to be 60F, so I'll take it for a ride.
I've Rangefinders by Minolta and Konica that dwarf this little thing.
Congrats. I have couple of XA2's that I really like.
Mine never did that -- but maybe I didn't get the conditions just right. The XA has one of the few non-Tessar four-element (4/4, actually) lenses and focuses by moving the second element, rather than the third -- which lets it be very compact and very sharp.
Want to sell your unused XA?
Right now, it's in a bin (I'm pretty sure) in my office, which hasn't been opened in seven and a half years. There's another bin on top of it, still partially full of stuff I don't have room to unpack (moved from living alone in a house to sharing a 14x70 mobile home). I don't think I'm likely to get to it any time soon...
I have the XA and XA2. They're not really the same camera.
The XA does this thing where when you get a shot when the light is perfect and the aperture is wide enough the whole photo gets this diffused glow. It used to be a bug, now it's a feature.
I once had an XA2 when I was a kid. No idea what happened to it, and never got a good pic out of it. But that was on me not 'getting' the very simple zone focus marks, and just basically being clueless.
Would like to have that camera back now - if it suddenly re-appeared! - just to see what I could do with it.
Just keep it in the middle basically. One of the tricks I've learned with the XA2 is always shoot it ISO400 or higher. The lens will stop down further and everything will always be in focus.
Do such tools exist that are small enough and affordable for small darkrooms?
That’s what I do now. When I first got it, though, I shot a lot of Kodachrome 64 with it and was very happy with the results.
Pre Kodachrome, During Kodachrome and After Kodachrome.
But a lot of very iconic films overlapped two of those eras. Verichrome (not Verichrome Pan) was introduced PK but ran through half the DK period. Double X came out DK but (in cine stock at least) is still running AK.
ahhhh, men I've been looking for a Home Portrait for a long time ...I just bought a working condition Graflex 5x7 Home Portrait SLR just so I can use my petzval lenses on it.
But since this is a 35mm thread.... The latest would be a set of Argus C44 lenses including the 50mm F1.9, it just looks cool, I just need to find a working camera for it.
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