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Film Best Olympus XA?

Cerita

Veteran
Jul 24, 2017
68
Canada
I've been hankering after an XA for a while. Prices for the original rangefinder model are getting silly - are the zone focus models still good? I imagine the lens is the same, isn't it?
They are getting ridiculous! In fact a lot of film cameras are getting outrageous now on Ebay, the other day I happened to be looking at an XA, and saw the price of a Fuji GW690 for twice of what I paid for mine, glad I got it when I did!
 

phigmov

Top Veteran
Mar 23, 2015
104
Film is the only option for truly pocketable full-frame. Bonus - weather sealing on the mju. It'll barely bulge in pockets too (jacket, shirt, trousers or jeans). Try that with an RX1 :)
 

jssaraiva

Veteran
Dec 31, 2014
104
Porto, Portugal
I have the XA, the XA2 and XA3. I dont’t recomend the XA3 due to DX coding being a bit limiting to adjust exposure by changing the ASA. I like the XA2 but is easy to miss focus and the viewfinder is small. Bought the XA again recently (not for me originally) and will give a second opportunity. The problem for me is that everything is so small for such a camera, especially viewfinder and focus lever.

I also have a mju ii, but I’m never sure where it focus...
 

MoonMind

Hall of Famer
Dec 29, 2013
124
Switzerland
I'm a bit underwhelmed by the XA's lens - it's sharp, but somewhat veiled and flat compared to what the Minox GT-E's Minoxar can provide. That said, the XA *is* a technological marvel, a work of art, and if you shoot mainly black and white with a contrasty film, you'll be absolutely fine; for colour, Fuji will be your friend (or Kodak Ektar - but that can get a magenta cast ...). And who knows, maybe my camera (used previously by a heavy smoker - my father ...) may be the odd one out ...

M.
 

theoldsmithy

Hall of Famer
Jan 7, 2013
124
Cheshire, England
It seems even the XA2 is now getting expensive (upwards of £60 for a decent one). Still, I really fancy the idea of such a compact device. I may sell a couple of my other cameras which don’t get any use to fund it.
 

jssaraiva

Veteran
Dec 31, 2014
104
Porto, Portugal
It seems even the XA2 is now getting expensive (upwards of £60 for a decent one). Still, I really fancy the idea of such a compact device. I may sell a couple of my other cameras which don’t get any use to fund it.
I did sell a very good condition, with box and flash for GBP 60 + posting very recently. If the camera is really assured to be in good working condition, I believe the price is fair. The XA itself has been getting more expensive since the mju ii is now crazy expensive and the XA is a natural alternative. I've sold a very good condition mju ii a couple of years ago (Dec'15) for 50 Eur... :mad:
 
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