Olympus XA with Fujicolor 200 film

I have a few rolls of the cheap Fujicolor 200 in my fridge and thought I can use it with my small Olympus XA, with the purpose of converting it to black and white. It’s a consumer film not on par of course with the films I usually shoot with.

The XA is the smallest rangefinder camera ever made, a true gem at its time. Extremely small and light with aperture priority mode (you can’t shoot it manually). Street photography is its main use but this time I also used it as my main camera (since it was the only camera I was carrying for a whole day).


I consider the above photo as one of my all time favorites. It’s simple, minimalistic and the fog created an almost studio like background. The unique look of film with the grain and its distinctive color is really ages away from what I got at the same spot with my Fuji X100. The “inferior quality” of a cheap emulsion compared to to the crystal clear look of digital actually worked in favor of the final result. There is no post processing at this image, I didn’t even change any parameters when scanning. It’s one of those images that really make instantly load another film and get out to make more images. And this is with a 49€ use camera and a cheap film.


Shooting color film during an overcast day depending in the location gives me a very special color rendering which is exactly what I am looking for. It’s possible I suppose with good post process to emulate this look in Photoshop but I am not very good at it, and I sure don’t feel like spending hours learning it, since I can have the look I want straight out of the camera.

Film is not going away soon, but the are many emulsions that are discontinued so there will probably come a time when the choices will be very few (and probably more expensive). So, in the meantime I will keep shooting more film than digital !!

Enjoy the rest of the images.




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3 Responses to Olympus XA with Fujicolor 200 film

  1. Angus says:

    Beautiful first image. Where are you taking all these images?

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