Olympus XA2: No LC-A, But Still Takes Some Beating

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The Olympus XA2 is a camera that has been already reviewed many times. Why is mine different? It isn't really that different but hopefully, you will find it useful or interesting or both.

The Olympus XA2 was the camera I bought when I first heard about Lomography. I couldn’t then and still can’t afford an LC-A. I had read many reviews on this site, comparing the XA2 to the LC-A. After reading these I set out and got one. I found one at my local charity shop for the sum of £1—it even came in original box and with instructions.

Here are the specs of the Olympus XA2:

  • Four-elements-in-four-groups Zuiko 35mm f:3.5 lens
  • The exposure meter was a CdS exposure sensor above the lens
  • Shutter speed range was 2 secs. to 1/750
  • The minimum focusing distance was 3 feet or .9 meters
  • Film speed range of ASA 25 -800
  • Focusing was done through zone focusing

The only real similarities with the LC-A is that it’s completely automatic, it has a similar focal length lens, and it’s a zone focus camera—other than that, there are no other similarities.

Anyway i took the camera along with a roll of boots colour film to my girlfriends, it was coincidental that it was civil war weekend, for some reason a small village in North Yorkshire, England have a American Civil war day, this seemed like a great chance to test the XA2 and see what its capable of.

Here are the results from that day:

As you can see, the results are very sharp and the colours are very life-like. It makes a great camera for street photography as it’s small and inconspicuous, near silent, and fits easily into a pocket or bag.

Well the big question, is it like the LC-A? Well, in one word, NO. The images it produces are not really like those of an LC-A. The LC-A produces much more saturation with photos that are dripping with color, whereas the XA2 renders colors that are much more life-like. Therefore, the XA2 can be used when you want to achieve that kind of look. It certainly isn’t a substitute for the LC-A and vice versa, but it’s still a great camera and one everyone should at least try out.

Thanks for reading, keep shooting!

written by brandkow93 on 2012-06-29 in #reviews #olympus #xa2 #lomo #boots-colour-film #camera-review #lomography #colours #user-review

2 Comments

  1. alex34
    alex34 ·

    Reminds me of my Beirette in the sense that it's handy to have in a pocket and 'good enough' for such events. Probably slightly sharper too, the Beirette is a triplet lens I think.

  2. brandkow93
    brandkow93 ·

    @Beirette cool i may look into getting one, i often see Beirettes go on ebay for very cheap, Thanks :)

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