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    Olympus XA: Good enough for slides?

    I'm considering putting a roll of Velvia through the XA for 'life' shots.
    Is the meter in the camera accurate enough for slide film?
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    I have had one since '78 and it has always worked well for slides once I had determined that the meter overexposed 1 stop, even new.

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    Hmm.

    Anyone else have anything to say? Marty, maybe its just your particular sample. I heard that the meter underexposes by 1/3.
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    I had good luck with an XA and Provia 400. I used slide film in my XA2 and it worked well. Heck, I used slide film in an Olympus Trip 35 and it came out wonderfully (it only has two shutter speeds.)

    Go for it. If it doesn't work out, it's only one roll.
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    I have never had issues with the meter on any Olympus camera, and I've got a pretty wide sample to choose from. Like all Zuiko lenses, the XA produces very contrasty images. Someone not familiar with this would likely think the shots were underexposed. My XA2 is even more contrasty than my XA, and there is an active thread inquiring whether others have observed this.

    I would not recommend Velvia as this is a very high contrast film to begin with. If you want to stick with Fuji, I would try Provia or Sensia. Ektachrome and its brethern work very well.

    And, yes, the XA produces remarkable slides.

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    I recall using Sensia in my XA and being very happy with the results. I'd tend to agree that Velvia doesn't have as much room for metering error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    I'm considering putting a roll of Velvia through the XA for 'life' shots.
    Is the meter in the camera accurate enough for slide film?

    Yes, definitely. The one I had went from 1982 to 2006 when I changed to digital. In the 1980s, it was Kodachrome going through it, then Ektachrome and latterly Fuji Astia.

    In common with widespread practice with contrasty film (i.e. Velvia), I would consider rating Velvia 50 at EI40 (40iso) and keep the needle out of the over- under-exposure areas. Shoot only in diffuse / hazy / overcast light to improve your chances of a good image; Velvia 50 is not designed for bright sunlight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    Hmm.

    Anyone else have anything to say? Marty, maybe its just your particular sample. I heard that the meter underexposes by 1/3.
    I would be surprised if the XA meters in 0.3 stops.
    I chiefly over-expose by 0.3 in my film cameras, though latterly I am not using Velvia 50 (only RVP 100F, Provia 100F).
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    Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8330/4.3.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/105)

    When I saw the post title I said "this guy's nuts." Then I read your responses. Wow. I'm on the bus home and have an XA in my coat pocket that's intermittently screaming "it's too damn cold" and "Velvia 100F!"
    "There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36cm2 View Post
    When I saw the post title I said "this guy's nuts."
    Speaking for all the grammar sticklers among us, what about the Olympus XA and slide film inspired you to talk about his nuts?

    Sorry, I couldn't pass on that opportunity!

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