Olympus XA2: Amazing 35mm Compact Camera

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The Olympus XA2 is an amazing 35mm compact camera with a clamshell cover which protects the lens. A closed clamshell will automatically lock the shutter release, thus you don't have to worry about accidentally pressing it. It is absolutely a convenient and user-friendly camera.

The Olympus XA2 is a simplied version of the Olympus XA with zone focusing and an automatic exposure system. It was produced from 1980 to 1986 by Olympus Optical Co. Ltd, Tokyo, Japan. For a “point and shoot” user like me, I don’t have to worry about the aperture setting.

Specifications:

- Zuiko 35mm f3.5 lens
- Automatic exposure
- Shutter speed: 2 secs~1/500
- ASA 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800
- 2 x LR44 / SR44 / S76 Silver Oxide Button batteries
- Battery check
- Self timer
- Thumbwheel winder

Three Focus Zones

- Two heads (1.2~1.8m)
- Two bodies (1.8~6.3m)
- Mountain (6.3~Infinity)

Bring Olympus XA2 everywhere you go and use it day and night. Feed it with different types of film and play with different ISO speeds. It will always surprise you.

Day time (Summer~Winter)

Credits: yokekei

Dawn & Dusk

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Rainy Day

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Nighttime

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Indoor without flash
(No need to adjust anything as it has an automatic exposure system)

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Indoor with flash A11
(I personally doesn’t like to use flash)

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Redscale ISO 200 film with rated ASA 25

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Self-timer mode

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Tips for indoor and night photography:

Use tripod or put your camera on floor / any flat surface. Listen to the shutter until you hear the second “tak” sound before moving. You can try by steadying your hand as you hold it, but it will easily blur the image if your hand shakes.

Credits: yokekei

written by yokekei on 2012-03-14 in #reviews #35mm #lomography #olympus-xa2 #clamshell #automatic-exposure #pocket-camera #compact-camera #user-review

26 Comments

  1. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I have the XA and really love it.

  2. life_on_mars
    life_on_mars ·

    ur shots is great)

  3. megustastu
    megustastu ·

    I just got one XA2 this weekend for 14$ in a flea market. Loaded with a roll and waiting for first results...

    Love your gallery!

  4. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    really great shots! ♥ the one in B&W !

  5. nicolasesc
    nicolasesc ·

    I just bought it a few days ago and I'm waiting for it to get delivered! Your shots make me super excited to start shooting with it :)

  6. nuhdos
    nuhdos ·

    I've just uploaded a new album of my first photos with this camera (
    www.lomography.com/homes/nuhdos/albums/1819526-olympus-xa2-…). Mine is second hand but it feels and smells like it were new... love it !

  7. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    Thanks for all the likes & comments :)

    @megustastu, wow~ u get a really cheap XA2, wish to see your photos soon :)
    @nicolasesc, wish you enjoy with it as well... I really like this camera so much :P
    @nuhdos, thanks for your sharing... nice album :)

  8. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    Thanks for all the likes & comments :)

    @megustastu, wow~ u get a really cheap XA2, wish to see your photos soon :)
    @nicolasesc, wish you enjoy with it as well... I really like this camera so much :P
    @nuhdos, thanks for your sharing... nice album :)

  9. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    Thanks for all the likes & comments :)

    @megustastu, wow~ u get a really cheap XA2, wish to see your photos soon :)
    @nicolasesc, wish you enjoy with it as well... I really like this camera so much :P
    @nuhdos, thanks for your sharing... nice album :)

  10. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    BEAUTIFUL! :) Beautiful you and beautiful gallery. :)

  11. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    thanks @eva_eva :)

  12. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    Soooooo comprehensive!

  13. thomas-matthew-wood
    thomas-matthew-wood ·

    My Olympus XA2 was given to me by my uncle as he didn't use it any more. It is a fantastic little camera and a true joy to use.

    Your photographs are brilliant too!

  14. trychydts
    trychydts ·

    Excellent review and beautiful photos!

  15. yokekei
  16. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    @plyshbel, thanks & wish this article if useful to you :)
    @thomas-matthew-wood, agree with you and thanks

  17. hannahbryant_
    hannahbryant_ ·

    This is a really good review, I was debating whether I should shoot with my boyfriends XA2 and after reading this I'm defiantly going to give it a go. :)

  18. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    @hannahbryant_, Hi... wish you enjoy it as well & wish to see you photos soon ^_^ Cheers

  19. letsgetfunkyy
    letsgetfunkyy ·

    the redscale pictures are so beautiful!

  20. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    thanks @letsgetfunkyy

  21. fayeusokoi
    fayeusokoi ·

    your photo really really very beautiful!!

  22. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    thanks @fayeusokoi

  23. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    love your article...thanks for sharing...just ordered my xa2 on ebay

  24. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    thanks @af-capture, wish to see your xa2 photos soon :) Cheers

  25. thejuliusray
    thejuliusray ·

    Really enjoyed the article, your images made me so excited to receive mine in the mail!

  26. yokekei
    yokekei ·

    thanks @thejuliusray. I wish this article helps :)

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