OLYMPUS XA

30 March 2011


I just found another one of my favorite little cameras at the thrifts, the Olympus XA. This tiny point and shoot camera came out in the late 1970s and is one of my favorites to carry around, especially for traveling. It has a great automatic exposure and a rangefinder which I love. Another big plus, it's super stealthy, so you can sneak a few photos of people doing silly things! Here are some of my shots with the XA. First photo is of my old kitchen, I miss it. The ketchup looking out into the sea was taken in Seattle at the Sleepless in Seattle restaurant, Athenian. Last shot was taken in a hotel in Hong Kong during typhoon season.

17 comments:

  1. oh i do love a good stealthy camera :)

    great pics as always!

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  2. Love all the images you took! They are so artistic and dreamy. Did you learn photography before or you are self-taught? Where did you go to develop the images from the Olympus XA camera? : )

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  3. @ SJ Me too! I'm super shy when it comes to taking photos in public, so the smaller the camera, the better. Thank you!

    @ Catherine I took an intro course in college and learned a lot from that. But I wanna say I'm mostly self-taught. I take most of my film to the local drugstores to get it developed because they're cheap and turnaround is 1 hour. They do a decent job, not the best but it works for me. If it's for professional then I'll either take it in to a professional lab to send them out. Anyway, so very nice to have to you stop by. See ya around!

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  4. Oh I love the quality of the shots! Do you have the prints developed and then scan those in or do you just have a film scanner? Cuz the quality is amazing! Hey, love the hightops. I had roller sneaker skates that my bro in Cali sent me way back when.. looks like those above. : )

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  5. Wow, nothing can replace the aesthetic of an old camera, not even photoshop. Keep taking photos friend.

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  6. @ Will Thanks, duda!

    @ Chantale I get them developed and ask them to be scanned onto a disc. I don't get prints. It's cheaper and easier for me. Love those sneaks. I never wear them because it's so bright but I love them. I got them in Hong Kong 7 years ago.

    @ emeraldson I sure will! Thanks!

    @ Cassandra Thank you!

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  7. shello there! i'm not sure where i found ya, but i'm glad i did. you have some of the best fotos out there and your taste is amazing! btw beatrice is a sexy beast!! :]
    i've tried getting my fotos developed at a local drugstore but they never come out right. i have 8 rolls waiting to get developed but have no idea where to take them. :[

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  8. @ 3twentysix.com Hey! Thank you for stopping by. Well, I'm glad you found me! Beatrice says thanks too. About developing film at drugstores can be risky. I've had a few rolls come out with wonky colors. I also recommending shipping it to Dwayne's Photo. They do a pretty good job and turnaround is good too. They can develop without prints and put on CD for $7. Not too bad. Or try finding some photo labs around your area. Hope that helps!

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  9. you have got the *eye* you really do!

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  10. your photos are so moving to me...teach me your ways!! can't wait to hang...
    j.

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  11. Wow, did you really take all those photos from this camera?! It looks great!! Love the typhoon shot from HK. It's not how I remember typhoon in HK, but you make it look so...umm...stylish. :)

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  12. @ Jeanne I did. The XA is a great little nubber to carry around. Film is always fun to shoot with. Makes everything move. And yes! Even typhoon can be stylish! ha.

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  13. Great pictures! I'm looking to buy an XA myself and I noted that you have an XA and an XA2. The XA2 is far easier to come by, but I was wondering if there was a big difference in quality between them? I understand the XA has a better lense and aperture control and not sure whether I should hold out for one or just buy the XA2. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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  14. @ Erik I like them both. I usually shoot with the XA probably because I prefer the rangefinder focusing but I think they're excellent cameras. I don't see a big difference in either. I'd say give the XA2 a try since you can pretty much get it for a song. Hope that helps a little. Thank you for stopping by!

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