Best Olympus XA?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by theoldsmithy, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy FF Regular

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    Feb 4, 2017
    Martin Connolly
    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?
     
  2. Twilli53

    Twilli53 FF Regular

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    Timothy A Williams
    Pretty sure the XA4 has a 28 mm lens.
     
  3. Cerita

    Cerita FF Regular

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    Jul 24, 2017
    Toronto, Canada
    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!
     
  4. ztryfe

    ztryfe FF Regular

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    Victor
  5. phigmov

    phigmov FF Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mar 23, 2015
    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 :)
     
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  6. José

    José FF Regular Subscribing Member

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    Mar 25, 2015
    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...
     
  7. MoonMind

    MoonMind FF Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mar 24, 2015
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    Matt
    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.
     
  8. I really liked my XA2, but the meter died. I would buy another in a heartbeat, except the prices have gotten a little silly.

    BV
     
  9. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy FF Regular

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    Feb 4, 2017
    Martin Connolly
    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.
     
  10. José

    José FF Regular Subscribing Member

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    Mar 25, 2015
    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:
     
  11. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy FF Regular

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    Feb 4, 2017
    Martin Connolly
    I just found an XA2 on eBay for £40, in apparently excellent condition, so I snapped that up.
     
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