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View Poll Results: When do you think your XA's lens get sharp
it's always sharp! 90 30.93%
by f4 43 14.78%
by f5.6 90 30.93%
by f8 39 13.40%
by f11 0 0%
it never really gets that sharp 29 9.97%
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Old 10-05-2012   #121
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Great lens/ size, but electronics are prone to failure. I spent a fortune on mine over 7 years and it just died forever. R.I.P

I'll not buy another.
I now have two, and will try to keep one working. But the electronics is the reason most of my older cameras are mechanical -- the OM1, rather than the OM2, etc. I had nothing but electric problems with my many OM-2 cameras, and finally gave up. But so far I'm loving this little XA (both of them). I always keep a camera on me, and sometimes this pocketable film camera (yes the lens is sharp) is just what the doctor ordered.
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What a nice photo!

I have an XA and for the about 4 years I have had it, it has worked fine. One does have to take care where you put your eye, but the viewfinder and rangefinder are good if one dies. I know that isn't the case for many, but it is for me. I like it.

I also have two different flashes for it (there were 3 that I know of). I repaired a minor problem for a friend of mine on one he got from a thrift shop. I had no front clam shell, so would not work. I had to acquire a parts camera and so fixed it.
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Thank you! I keep being pleasantly surprised by what it can do.


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Old 02-26-2013   #124
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Lovely images, Steve!

Is your Davis Arboretum photo shot on Plus-X?

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Thank you, Kent. Yes it is, exposed at 320 and developed in Diafine.
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Old 11-20-2013   #126
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Wow that Plus-X at 320 in Diafine looks better than any Tri-X I have ever seen.

I have to try Diafine now!

I love and miss Plus-X. Still have a small stash I use from time to time.

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I've had two XAs. Not so sharp and vignetting too. Now with T3 is different.
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I had a XA at the same time as a Minox ML and the XA was quite visibly disappointing compared to the ML. The dealer thought maybe I got a bad one as I did as I loved Oly lenses. The 2nd had a substantially higher s/n so suspected it was from a different batch or run. It performed the same against the ML so I gave the XA to the partner in my brother's law firm who fell in love with it when he saw it. He was using it well into the late '90s when I last saw him with a camera and he told me he had it repaired 1 time in all those years and had traveled thousands of miles with it and shot thousands of frames with never a problem.

I did prefer the feel and layout of the Minox over the XA but it did not influence me as I used a tripod for the test shots.

Oh, to put it into perspective (hopefully will not get yelled at), when I went looking for a dslr, I went with an Oly because the kit lenses were better than the more popular competitors' so, never lost my love of Oly glass.
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The XA is not meant to be used wide open all the time.
I use it at 5.6-11 most of the time.
If needed, I get nice looking images back at 2.8.
Yes. What Raid said. It's a good lens when used within its limits. Bought mine new when they came out around 1979, but now it suffers from a faded rangefinder spot and an intermittent shutter release. On the other hand, I have a lot of good pictures and didn't have to lug an SLR along to get them.
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I had one for years, my first pocketable camera. Now I use a Canon S95, my second pocketable camera. The XA served me well, and I suspect the S95 will too.
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I like the character of the lens a lot, and have no complaints about its performance opened up.


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The lens is not a problem, but the electronics are. I'd never buy another one. They're a constant headache.
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I had an XA years ago when shooting almost exclusively slides, and I got rid of it because I found vignetting to be a big problem. Just negs now, so I found a decent one on ebay, so I'll see how it does.

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The lens is not a problem, but the electronics are. I'd never buy another one. They're a constant headache.
Hmmmm. I'm keeping mine...


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Yes, the lens vignettes. Is that a problem?


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Better to have a camera in your pocket than no camera at all...


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I think the XA sings with Portra 160.


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Olympus marketed the XA as the camera the pros took on vacation. I'm not a pro, by any means, but I think the XA is a great vacation camera. Portra 160:


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For a camera barely larger than three rolls of film they are a design masterpiece. My XAs are great for their time and my XA4 with it's 28mm f4 that has a 30cm macro mode is even better.
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I love my XA. Sharp enough for me.

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I love my XA. Sharp enough for me.
Even though I'm more of a nifty-fifty shooter, the 35 on the XA stopped down for a day light exposure is plenty sharp.

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It is worth having one as a go anywhere camera. Plus they are cheap to replace if it breaks. I don't think I would worry about it being stolen.
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The best camera is the one you have in your pocket...



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I had an XA2 for quite a while and it was a very nice performer.

A couple of years ago, I bought an XA. The images were OK but not as nice as those from the XA2. After a few months of use, it suffered a terminal fault with the focussing mechanism. Luckily, I'd bought it from a London dealer and they refunded the purchase price. Now that's what I call service!

It could be that the reason for the XA's poor output was that the focus mechanism was already out of kilter.
Same for me, the XA is fine, but until now I like the XA2's lens better. But I'll need to shoot some more films to make a final decision.

Definitely better at 5.6 as wide open though
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I've been using it for 20+ years and I think the lens on my sample was very sharp.

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Sharp enough?

Unfortunately, the electronics stopped working a few years ago.
I'm going to buy another one sooner or later...
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Resolution of oldie goodie compact 35mm. XA lies in the last row.
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My XAs keep trucking along. I took one of them to Amsterdam this past June. Portra 160:

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Resolution of oldie goodie compact 35mm. XA lies in the last row.
48/2 of Konica III looks only average in that chart. Well, I do not trust everything I see on Net.
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48/2 of Konica III looks only average in that chart. Well, I do not trust everything I see on Net.
It's actually from a book as I stated in the chart. Some japanese guy scanned some pages and put it on his blog. I simply translated the page.
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Thanks for posting and translating. Very interesting charts,even if some people have different personal experiences. I fam quite happy to peruse the stats and the lens typology.
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I have a thing for very-compact cams, though the plastic ones do seem rather fragile (I've been through a series of Minox 35 cams that were good for 0 - 3 rolls of film each; I did really enjoy their output when/while they worked).

In any case, I got an XA2 and an XA around the same time. The seals on the XA were gum, and it's VF meter seems off, so it sat for a long time while I ran a few rolls through the XA2 (I really like that camera!). I finally replaced the XA seals and ran a roll of Fuji through it and am pleased with the image quality.

I usually default to f/8 for 35mm, sometimes f/11 for scale-focus, unless subject or light lends itself to a different aperture, so I'm guessing this exposure was at f/8.

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