The Lomo LC-A for the Poor - Olympus XA2


Always being called the poor man’s LC-A, Olympus XA2 is the reliable option to the beloved Lomo LC-A. It is small, pocket-sized, lightweight. This mini monster maybe overlooked based on its appearance, or praised for being such a cutie, but will amazed you for its performance. =p

Olympus XA2 is a user-friendly camera. The XA2 were provided with zone focusing and a programmed exposure system altogether with super sharp Zuiko 35mm f3.5

Once the XA2 is loaded with film you first need to select the correct ASA by simply move the little switch under the lens to the ASA setting that matches the speed of the film you are using (available options are ASA 25, 50, 100, 200, 400 & 800).

Before taking a shot, the only thing you need to set the correct zone focus. On the front of the camera there is a switch with 3 symbols, one for each of the focus zones:

1. Close (Two head symbol) = 1.2m-1.8m
2. Near (Two orange bodies) = 1.8m-6.3m
3. Far (Mountain symbol) = 6.3m-infinity

Every time you reopen the clam shell to take a shot, the XA2 resets back to its default medium zone (the two orange bodies) so be sure to change zone before shooting if your subject is close by or in the distance. The Olympus XA2 works by using a selenium light meter which is incredibly sensitive. When shooting you will hear two clicks: one when the shutter opens, another when it closes . You need to keep the camera perfectly still until you hear that second click, particularly if shooting in low light.

The XA2 needs to be powered by two SR44 batteries. The A11 flash is only effective at short ranges, but if you need better flash, you can mount in A16 flash, which are hard to find nowadays.

written by naqi on 2011-02-26 #gear #review #camera #xa2 #olympus #lomography #film-camera #user-review


  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    The XA2 is a fantastic little camera, and has many similarities with the LC-A. I love my XA2!!

  2. crayfish
    crayfish ·

    vivitar uws is poor mans lc-a)

  3. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Great review and gallery. I agree with @crayfish Vivitar UWS (also a great camera) is poor mans LC-A.
    I find Olympus XA2 and Cosina CX-1/CX-2 better than LC-A and much more reliable.

  4. basho
    basho ·

    "poor man's LC-A"? Well, I'm not sure about that. I've always found used XA2 dearer than used LC-As in e-bay. Although it's been quite a while since the last time I checked prices...

  5. awesomesther
    awesomesther ·

    i would go with Vivitar UWS for "poor man's LC-A" and right now, I just ordered my UWS on eBay! Really happy! (cos I've no LC-A or LC-A+..... yet) :p

  6. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    I'd say xa2 s are the cheapest generally! You can get them for under £15 here, while vivitar uws usually go for £25 and LC-As for £70+.

  7. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    True, my XA2 cost me 20£. I bought my first LC-A for 25€ (it was stolen) and my second LC-A for 55€ (it has sticky shutter), In my opinion, original LC-A is overpriced on Ebay, you can get better cameras with less money. Very nice review and very good photos. Congrats.

  8. naqi
    naqi ·

    Thank you for all the support. I agree that uws is also a great camera, but xa2 seem more to resemble the lca as uws is a fixed cam :D

  9. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    The XA2 is not a poor anything, being rather more accurate in its functions than a LC-A, and having a sharper lens, especially on the edges.

  10. santorinihippie
    santorinihippie ·

    I totally agree with @herbert-4... I've got one and I've seen its pictures in comparison to the LCA and there is nothing poor about it (not even price wise either). I love my pictures with this camera.

  11. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·

    Nice camera. Nice article. Nice pictures. But... the XA2 is not a good replacement for the LC-A, and even less so the LC-A+.

  12. irufan7
    irufan7 ·

    since it earns a reputation as subtituton for LCA it becomes expensive.

  13. pushkar
    pushkar ·

    I love my XA & XA2.. they are highly capable little wonders

  14. pepper-b
    pepper-b ·

    XA2!! Love it!

  15. jardi
    jardi ·

    xa2 <3

  16. marcello252
    marcello252 ·

    I love my Xa, xa2 and xa3, I have an lc-a too but my heart still beats fast for my black girls

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