The photos have a very distinctive look, not one that is perhaps desirable for many situations/subjects but actually suits this one very well IMHO. Aspects of the XA that would be considered shortcomings in many situations (distortion, flare, exposure inaccuracies) haven't done any harm here. I have to say that the results are considerably better than I'd have expected (but keep hold of the Nikon!)
My favourites were 2, 8 and (if the chap in the foreground is the front-man or leader) 15.
The decor of the location rather reminded me of home!
I did the photoshoot with the XA and a Gitzo tripod, and as many of you asked to post photos, here they are! I used the backlight comp switch a lot, and changed the ISO around to 100 many times. I find the XA lens had a distinctive look, which I'm not sure if I like. Anyhow, here are the photos, tell me what you all think/what can be improved/how a SLR or manual exposure+lightmeter body would have been better. http://www.flickr.com/photos/3932469...7621340630964/
Marko- JOB WELL DONE!!! I'm glad you took the XA for this shoot . Ithink if you had used the Nikon you would have been too encumbered. Your location dictated the use of lighter, more flexible gear. IMHO the stairwell shot gets the nod for best shot,it has a very etherial quality,very reminisent of some '60s album cover work. Keep up the good work, and gowith your gut instinct, you have raw talent, and and with practice, you will have a long career.
Any camera is "professional" if it captures the right shot. EX-UPI photographer Jerry Soloway was waiting for a rescued New Jersey kidnap victim to come out of her house with her husband. She came out, everyone else got their pictures, they lowered their cameras and walked away. She then put her head down on her husbands shoulder and Jerry got the front page shot on Tri-x with his XA. John