XA 35mm Camera


Olympus

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5 Reviews  

Average Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Martin Simmons 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/7/2006 2:12:40 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/7/2006 2:12:40 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/7/2006 2:12:40 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/7/2006 2:12:40 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/7/2006 2:12:40 PM
Rating: 4 out of 5
Fantastic small acurate rangefinder with great optics that i can keep in my pocket
7/7/2006 2:12:40 PM
 
Ray A. Nieves 2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/1/2006 5:56:16 AM 2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/1/2006 5:56:16 AM 2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/1/2006 5:56:16 AM 2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/1/2006 5:56:16 AM 2.5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 3/1/2006 5:56:16 AM
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Nice pocket camera and the only one you can focus from this era (the XA2 has zone focusing with a cheaper 3.5 4-elemnt lens). Takes nice photos, but for a 5 element lens, I was dissapointed. Light fall-off wide open and vignetting at f11. No better than the 4-element Minox, Chinon Voightlander pocketables, but once ina while you gat a great, sharp image. It is true for it's age, plastic contruction means not very durable. But a fine cary everywhere pocket camera
3/1/2006 5:56:16 AM
 
George Anderson 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/17/2005 7:16:06 PM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/17/2005 7:16:06 PM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/17/2005 7:16:06 PM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/17/2005 7:16:06 PM 3 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/17/2005 7:16:06 PM
Rating: 3 out of 5
Had an XA and found it to be a good camera, but not a great one. It's very compact and when new, works well. Cons: Tends to produce photos with noticeable light falloff at corners when shot wide open, can't use screw-on filters, and has some cost-saving parts and plastic gearing which are not up to earlier rangefinder standards. The latter is relevant because of the age of these cameras. Once they break, they're often not repairable.
9/17/2005 7:16:06 PM
 
Brian J. Kaufman 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/9/2005 1:58:02 PM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/9/2005 1:58:02 PM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/9/2005 1:58:02 PM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/9/2005 1:58:02 PM 5 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 7/9/2005 1:58:02 PM
Rating: 5 out of 5
Love this guy.
7/9/2005 1:58:02 PM
 
doug Nelson
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4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/8/2004 12:15:44 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/8/2004 12:15:44 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/8/2004 12:15:44 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/8/2004 12:15:44 PM 4 out of 5 BetterPhoto Cameras 9/8/2004 12:15:44 PM
Rating: 4 out of 5
The XA is still a backpacker cult classic. It is extremely light, tiny and durable. It needs only a plastic drink holder and a Zip-Loc bag as a case. You set the aperture with a slide at the front, and the shutter is set automatically. You focus manually with a real rangefinder. The 35mm f2.8 lens is acceptably sharp at mid apertures. I carry one when I can't tolerate the weight of an SLR. The Stylus Epic with the autofocus lens is sharper, but can behave erratically in low light. With the XA, you have more control.
9/8/2004 12:15:44 PM
 

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