Images with the Olympus XA rangefinder camera

The Olympus XA is a wonderful pocket size rangefinder camera. To my knowledge, it’s the smallest rangefinder ever made. Equipped with a fantastic 35mm f2.8 Zuiko lens is a great camera to carry everywhere. Small and light, it can easily fit in your pocket.

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It only works in aperture priority mode, so you just set the aperture and the camera does the rest. I would prefer course a manual mode on top of that, but given it’s other benefits, I can live with that. Just choose f5.6 and set the distance to 3 meters,( pretty much everything is on focus with these settings) and you are ready to shoot.

Other features of the camera include a lever for exposure compensation and a great almost touch shutter button which allows you to shoot a very low speeds.

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I use it almost exclusive it with ISO 400 black and white film (TRI-X or XP2), this combo makes it an ideal camera for street photography. Being smaller and lighter than a Leica M, i have find myself many times choosing the XA over the Leica M for my everyday walks. The Leica M of course has a superior image quality, but the XA is great for those times when you just want a fast almost point & shoot like camera with the benefits of a rangefinder.

All images below are taken with the Olympus XA camera (the panoramic landscape photo is composed from two stitched images with the XA, so it can also be used as a good landscape camera!)

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