Olympus XA

The Olympus XA is an ultra compact full-featured aperture-priority rangefinder camera. It features a sliding clam shell lens cover that reveals a very nice sharp F.Zuiko 35mm f2.8 lens. ASA goes from 25 to 800, and you manually choose the aperture setting - from f2.8 to f22! It also has a needle showing in the view finder that shows you the shutter speed being chosen by the camera. Sample photo and specs below...

The Olympus XA - a compact full-featured rangefinder film camera

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LIKES: The big advantages here are of course not only the great lens and aperture range, but the aperture priority exposure control and manual focus. And we can't forget that Olympus put all this into a tiny pocket size camera.

DISLIKES: Some people find focusing the XA to be frustrating, but I personally didn't find it to be a problem.

Photo of train car taken with an Olympus XA

Above: Train car with graffiti in Yarmouth, Maine. Shot with an Olympus XA.

View a gallery of Olympus XA sample photos

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