Olympus XA2

11

It's small, compact and has some similarities with our beloved LC-A. The Olympus XA2 was and remains a great bargain for analog camera enthusiasts out there.

This cute compact is the simplified version of the pro-quality XA. They share many design similarities including the same distinctive clamshell body and feather-touch electromagnetic shutter release. This model has a 35mm 1:3.5 4-element lens, instead of the outstanding 6-element lens in the XA. Make no mistake, though, it’s still a sharp contrasty little Zuiko that will outperform many a point-and-shoot.Instead of true rangefinder focus as found on the XA, this one has zone focus in three groups: close (1.2m-1.8m), near (1.2m-) and far (6.3m-infinity). It resets to the middle setting every time you close the case and that’s basically where you should leave it for most pictures, just point and click, exposure is fully programmed.

Uses the same flash module(s) as the XA. Pictured is the admittedly low-power but super-small X11 flash. Very unique design: the unit attaches to the side of the camera with a thumbscrew mechanism, and in doing so activates the dormant flash coupling feature. Set to ASA 100, 400, or FULL (when used on the XA, where you can choose the aperture and do the math). When attached the flash becomes part of the camera, transforming it into another entity altogether.

I’ve read that a common issue is inconsistent shutter tripping when pressing the red plastic button; apparently if it’s pressed too hard it can deform and if it’s not perfectly flat on the bottom it doesn’t trip the shutter. But it can be removed and sanded, apparently that helps quite a bit.

written by eastmoe on 2009-07-13 in #reviews #35mm-camera #olympus #xa2 #olympus-xa2

11 Comments

  1. ripsta
    ripsta ·

    great review!!
    nice pic
    great review

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Nice cam - nice gallery! Nothing more to add....

  3. d_i_hunter
    d_i_hunter ·

    The XA2 is a little gem! Cool review!

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Waaa what a gallery ! the first one is very impressive !

  5. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Lovely gallery,nice review on a cool cam, well done :)

  6. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    VW's and Vespas I'm in heaven. Cool gallery.

  7. eastmoe
    eastmoe ·

    thanks my friends =)
    lomo on..

  8. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    cool shots and nice review, The Simpsons car is awesome

  9. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    lovely subjects!

  10. eastmoe
    eastmoe ·

    thanks =)

  11. davidstafford
    davidstafford ·

    Lovely gallery, especially love the light leaks! is the XA2 'leaky'?

More Interesting Articles

  • The Lomo'Instant Wins the Lucie Technical Award for Best Instant Camera!

    written by antoniocastello on 2015-11-13 in #gear #news
    The Lomo'Instant Wins the Lucie Technical Award for Best Instant Camera!

    Our beloved Lomo'Instant camera has been recently honored with a great award: The Lucie Technical Award in the Best Instant Camera Category, and we want to share the news with you!

    2
  • Newcomer of the Week: fotofinbar

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-08 in #world #lifestyle #videos
    Newcomer of the Week: fotofinbar

    After spending ten years off the analog grind, Fin reunited with his beloved LC-A and rejoins the community with a renewed passion for film. Let's all welcome our newcomer of the week from South Korea, fotofinbar!

    5
  • Stephen Dowling Takes the LC-A 120 to Malta

    written by hannah_brown on 2015-07-08 in #people #locations #lomoamigos
    Stephen Dowling Takes the LC-A 120 to Malta

    Aside from his pictures, there is more to admire about Stephen Dowling. His extensive knowledge and insight into film photography and cameras are inspiring. Dowling, a BBC editor and analog photographer, tested the LC-A 120 camera and became a LomoAmigo last year. He has since rekindled ties with the Lomo LC-A 120, and brought it on a trip to Malta.

  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • "Tour de France" with the LC-Wide

    written by lomographyfrance on 2015-05-07 in #world #lifestyle #locations
     "Tour de France" with the LC-Wide

    The Lomo LC-Wide has a special place in the hearts of Lomographers and analog photography lovers. With its compact size, it's the best companion on trips or even as part of one's daily routine, and its wide 17mm wide angle lens tickles one's creativity. Recently, the LC-Wide explored France, yielding a photo diary of beautiful French cities and landscapes.

    1
  • 10 Steps to Better Photography with the LC-A+

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-08 in #gear #tipster
    10 Steps to Better Photography with the LC-A+

    With features that allow one to be as creative as possible and a size compact enough to bring it anytime, anywhere, the LC-A+ is indeed an embodiment of our 10 Golden Rules. In this week's feature, we list down some of the ways you could up your photography game with this wonderful camera.

    1
  • Capture Everyday Scenes with the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-05-08 in #gear #news #lifestyle
    Capture Everyday Scenes with the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens

    It's small, it's compact, it takes wonderfully precise shots — the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens is perfect for every day!

  • Shop News

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    A resurrection from the zenith of Russian premium optics, get the same elegance and classic compact design as its predecessor. — available in small quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Making Memories with the LC-A Competition

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-06-13 in #world #competitions
    Making Memories with the LC-A Competition

    June marks the birthday of our beloved LC-A camera. To celebrate this glorious occasion, here's a special competition for all LC-A and LC-A+ lovers in the community!

    2
  • 11 Beloved Toy Cameras

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-12-09 in #gear #reviews
    11 Beloved Toy Cameras

    For some, it marked their first foray into the wonderful world of analog photography. Others consider it a trusty, go-to camera despite having a massive camera collection which sometimes include some of the best gear there is. Whatever the case may be, toy cameras will always hold a special place in the hearts (and shelves) of analog photographers everywhere, quirks and all.

  • Fresh Lomo LC-A 120 Picks From the Community

    written by lomography on 2015-12-07 in #gear #lifestyle
    Fresh Lomo LC-A 120 Picks From the Community

    A year and a few months since it was introduced, the Lomo LC-A 120 continues its exciting journey around the world—from busy streets to scenic far-flung places and everywhere else in between. Here are just some of the many places and faces encountered by this trusty, compact medium format camera (and their adventurous owners, of course!) in recent months, in photographs.

    3
  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • First Impressions of the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens: Andrea Cislaghi

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-05-02 in #gear #news
    First Impressions of the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens: Andrea Cislaghi

    In case you missed it, Lomography has just unveiled the latest member of its Art Lens family: the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 Art Lens, which boasts of the same optics that the legendary LC-A camera has and brings the classic Lomographic style not only to analog but also to the digital platform. Over the next few days we'll be sharing with you the first impressions of and photographs taken by members of the Lomography team, who had gone out and put the Lomo LC-A Minitar-1 to the test. First up is graphic designer Andrea Cislaghi, who coupled this lens with the Bessa R2 and Sony Alpha 7.

    5
  • Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    written by pripri2000 on 2015-04-22 in #gear #news
    Shooting Squares with the LC-A 120

    Capture the world and all its contours in vibrant, wide-angled photographs any time, any where! The LC-A 120 is an adventure of its own with lots of exciting functions to experiment with, like seamless long exposures or full ISO control. It's also super-fast and ultra-compact - perfect for your everyday. If you're worried about the Medium Format film, don't be! You are free to use any 120 Film you want and there are plenty to choose from. In fact, that's what makes this camera so versatile! Scroll through this gallery for a little taste of the glorious shots this nifty invention is capable of.

    1
  • Photographers On Why They Shoot Film (Part I)

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-04-11 in #people #lifestyle
    Photographers On Why They Shoot Film (Part I)

    On this day and age when many are incorporating digital gear into their workflows, whether fully or partly, there still are photographers who remain rooted to their analog roots and continue to shoot with film cameras. In commemoration of Film Photography Day happening tomorrow, we have scoured through our past interviews to highlight the reasons these photographers choose to still shoot film.

    3