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    All I can say it that the XA is the best (without doubt) 35mm camera ever made.

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    Great shots with that little camera !
    Very well done !

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    I'm going to take a bit of a contrarian view. Despite the overall quality of the shoot (I agree with archphoto - great shots with that little camera), including my favorite shot - http://www.flickr.com/photos/3932469...7621340630964/ , there are some shots that clearly demonstrate the limitations of the XA's metering (generally shots in front of a bright window). And we really can't fully evaluate based on a computer screen image.

    I'm not knocking the XA; I had one for many years. You clearly used the XA's capability to the max and deserve credit for that. You can be proud of the results. But I do think you would have been better served with a more capable metering system than the XA provides. Whether that would have added an unnecessary level of complexity and stifled creativity only you can answer.

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    I do believe I would have taken better photos with my Leica and Pentax Spotmeter, though my lens wasn't adjusted properly for focusing (Jupiter 8) so I did not trust it to give me perfect focus. I'll use the Leica on the next shoot I have (as soon as the lens comes back from a CLA) and compare the results!
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    Not a bad one in the bunch!

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    Lukewarm on the XA

    I know the XA has a pretty dedicated following, and one man's trash is another's treasure and all that, but I was never crazy about the XA.

    I picked up a used one a few years ago, and promptly went out and shot the aftermath of a blizzard with it. Most photos were white on white. The metering was fine, but there was a noticeable color shift from neutral to warm from the center of the photos to the edges. it was very consistent and noticeable in every picture. It probably wouldnt be such a big deal if the subjects were not white on white, but I found it annoying and have hardly used my XA since.

    Has anyone else experienced a problem like this with the XA?

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    Yes.

    The lens is well known for vignetting.
    In your case, the vignetting was accompanied by a colour shift. Which could be a film and/or processing issue.

    The XA is still a great little camera though. I have a few and used them with great pleasure until i stopped using 35 mm format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    I do believe I would have taken better photos with my Leica [...]
    The XA is great, but has it's limitations.

    Your Leica has too.
    But in your case, that's mainly because you do not put a proper lens on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q.G. View Post
    The XA is great, but has it's limitations.

    Your Leica has too.
    But in your case, that's mainly because you do not put a proper lens on it!
    The jupiter-8 is a awesome lens! Much better than most of the Leica brand screwmount lenses :P Just needs a little shimming!
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