The XA is a fine camera but, it is just a camera. The difference between a snap shot and a great photo is the photographer....not the camera. Get what ever camera you like and learn to use it well. More importantly however, learn about composition and light. Ultimately, gear does not matter.
The Olympus XA is a fine camera, but I would never want it to be my only camera. But, hey, one of the great things about living in a free society is that we get do do what we want - even if it doesn't seem to make sense to the rest of us.
if they could still be bought new, they would be my favorite camera and i'd have one in every bag i own.
unfortunately, i have 2 of them -- one has a fungussed lens, and the other's VF meter circuit is dead and the RF's vertical alignment is way off (although the contrast is still decent, whereas the fungus-lens one's rangefinder patch is basically unusable). plenty of stories of the electromagnetic shutter buttons going out as well.
they're epic cameras, it's just a shame to see a good portion of them finally succumbing to old age (from the early 80s, that's a pretty great run).
i just wish i could have discovered them and film earlier so as to have gotten more "useful time" with them. such is life in the age of plastic and electronic circuitboards...
Should I ditch my current set of cameras for an Olympus XA?
There are still loads of perfectly useable ones out there.
XA is a nice little one, but definitely not the only one to have. It is closer to a fine point and shoot one and limits one's creativity quite a bit.
No manual exposure, difficulty in focusing (and in scale focusing due to the tiny numbers that my eyes can no longer clearly see), made me sell mine.
A nice little one, but not the only one to own.
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Originally Posted by nsurit
I say go for it; it'll be an adventure and if nothing else you'll learn the camera's limitations for yourself. It's not like you can't buy another camera in the future.
I recently purchased a Pentax KX which I've been experimenting with for the past few weeks. Unfortunately, the first roll I ran through it - expired Portra 800 - was woefully underexposed and then totally destroyed by the lab (or lack thereof - Costco) that developed it. The next (Kodak Gold 200) came out better. I have a lot to learn, though.
Originally Posted by darinwc
Interesting, I haven't looked into either the XA1 or XA2. Thanks for the thoughts, I'm intrigued...
Originally Posted by thuggins
That's a very good point as well. I personally am not looking to get an XA because I have any illusion that it will make me a better photographer - I think that's a little like those people who say they can run faster when they're wearing Nikes or Rebooks or whatever. But the XA does seem like a very fun little camera and I'm still hoping to get my hands on one because I like 35mm compacts.
Originally Posted by BradS
yashica t4 super // ricoh ff-3 af // olympus xa // disposables
past: nikon l35af // pentax iqzoom ezy-r
want: minolta hi-matic af2 // olympus infinity jr // canon af35m // contax t2 // lomo lc-a
My XA2 has done a good job different times. It's tiny, self-contained, quick to use and it's not scary looking. People seem glad to have their picture taken with my little snappy, and I don't have to make them wait, unless the little flash has to recharge, which can take forever. As an aside, a nicad battery will give the flash a stronger push than other types, from what I've seen. Nicads have brute force, not like the alkaline or ni-mh, just my thoughts. Haven't tried the costly little disposable li-ion, but I believe ni-cad can push harder than any (layman terms).
It's possible to hold filters and things in front of the lens, if it helps. It's tedious, but I have done it. A long time ago, before the age of computers and i-gadgets, and in nice sunny scenic conditions, I had a hard time seeing which chromes came from this camera or from the OM-1n lenses. (maybe just shows how undiscerning I can be)
So, I like mine, but please don't let the word out on these, as I might need to pick up a replacement someday, and I'd hate to see the prices climb.
Yes they do, and due to the large currents they can deliver can fry some flashes... they occasionally mention in the instructions not to use Nicads for just this reason (As opposed to keeping the battery manufacturers in business).
Originally Posted by jstout