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    Yashica T4 or Olympus XA2??

    I'm really interested in buying a point and shoot camera and have my eye on a Yashica T4 and Olympus XA2 on ebay.
    I've had a look at some photos that each produce on flickr groups and though they are quite different, I like them both. So I am torn.
    Which would you buy out of these two, and why?

    Thanks!

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    Is the T4 that one with a 'waist-level' finder of sorts? That might be interesting.

    I wish I had a link but a year ago I read a comparison between the T4 and the XA2. They each have their strengths but in that particular comparison the XA2 was chosen.
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    I would stick to the XA2
    "Yashica T4

    John Rodgerson , Jan 16, 2010; 05:19 p.m.

    I have had my Yashica T4 for a few months, all going great and then last week I was taking a photo and the shutter wouldn't release.
    Its as if the lens extends a little to focus like normal but then nothing happens, the shutter doesn't open.
    Has anyone had this problem before? Any solutions before I go crazy and have to find a good local camera repairer?
    Any help thanks!
    John"

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    My XA2 used to vignette badly. I sent it to Olympus with slides showing fall off at the corners and they said it was functioning correctly.

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    Just go to goodwill, I got a kodak star 35 ef for $3 (with working flash and clean battery contacts)

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    All of the XA cameras (I have the XA, XA2, and XA4) vignette slightly. It's not a big deal with negative film. I really love the XA cameras. I prefer the XA4 and XA2 to the XA.
    f/22 and be there.

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    I'm not familiar with the Yashica, but I can certainly recommend the Olympus. I recently acquired an XA3 in mint condition and the pictures are very sharp for a zone focusing system. The XA2 is the same camera without DX-coding and exposure is fully automatic; an ideal camera to have with you for situations when you can't take your SLR and lenses with you as it is very small and slips nicely into your pocket.
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    I've had my Yashica T5 for many years, and I love it. The metering is reliable, it's fast, quiet, and that little f/3.5 Tessar is a star. It has a nifty waist level finder and all the focus indicators are still visible with it. Very handy if you want to rest the camera on a wall, say (I keep a very small beanbag handy for that purpose), and frame up using the auxiliary finder. Exposure control on mine is good enough for slide film.
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    The T4 is the better camera. (It was much, much more expensive too, especially when it came with the Contax brand on it).

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    I had an XA and have 3 T4 Supers.

    The T4s take pictures - Kodachrome slides - that can't be distinguished from pictures taken with my Nikons or Leicas: extremely sharp, no flare, no fall off, perfectly exposed. The camera feels nice and solid.

    My XA vignetted, had terrific flare and with a resultant low saturation, overexposed in bright light/underexposed in dim light, lens performance unless stopped down to f11 was better than a disposable but not by much, and the flash was a PITA. The overall feel of the camera was flimsy.

    However, the price of used T4s is very high. A Nikon 35ti can be had for about the same price. OTOH, I have bought two 35ti's and returned both because they didn't work: one couldn't focus or expose well, the other only took pictures when it felt like it.
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