Fast and silent. What you expect from a Zuiko Lens? Find out more about the Olympus XA and take a look at some photos in this review.
People think I’m crazy as I keep funding and searching for new camera to play with. Trust me, it takes a Lomographer to know another Lomographer, in this case, an addict lomographer!
I finally got my hands on this wonderful sexy beast, the Olympus XA. I’ve been wanting to take the plunge and feel the adrenaline of what a rangefinder camera can give. Sadly, due to insufficient funds, I can’t afford a high-end rangefinder. So, are you wondering how I got my hands on this beast?
Here’s how I got my first rangefinder (Olympus XA): I did a TRADE! Yes, trade, as in no cash or credit involved!
I have two La Sardinas: the Mobius and Sapphire Serpent Edition. I traded my Sapphire Serpent for the Olympus XA. Is it worth, you ask? TOTALLY. (Don’t get me wrong, I too, love the Sardinas, but I don’t need 2 of the same camera, at the moment. :D)
I loaded in some fresh Lucky SHD 100 B&W film and throw this camera in my bag and carried it everywhere I go. Surprisingly, this camera works great even indoors without flash, ahh of course…due to the f2.8 Zuiko lens that is! Picture samples below:
After I was done with the roll, I sent it to the lab to get it process. Besides the light leaks it gives, I am so falling in love with this camera. You can see in the pictures of how contrasty the images are; imagine that with slide films or color negatives (I’m yet to try)!
All in all, If you want a cheap rangefinder and small enough to be carried everyday with you, this is the best (IMO) or I should say BESTEST camera of all. With its fast f2.8 lens, you can take pictures indoors with no problem! Also, it makes for a best street shooter due to its silent shutter. No one will know you had taken a picture of them!