Street images with Olympus XA

A few more street images taken with the Olympus XA camera, the smallest rangefinder camera ever made. A true pocket camera by all means. Although I have talked about this camera lots of times, I will shortly present some of its technical specifications.

– Rangefinder camera with a wonderful Zuiko 35mm f/2.8 lens.
– Aperture priority mode (only).
– lever for +1.5 stop exposure compensation.
– Touch shutter button which makes it easy to shoot at low speeds.
– incredibly small body.

I use the Olympus XA almost exclusively for street photography these days. A small unobtrusive camera which I can always carry with me. Kodak TRI-X 400 has been my main choice of film for the XA, it has the speed needed for street shots and the classic look of b&w film.

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You can set it at f/5.6 or f/8 and the distance at 3 meters and you have pretty much everything at focus. So, all it takes is to push the shutter button which gives you the speed to catch a good moment.

The XA has replaced the Ricoh GX200 as my street camera, I don’t do a lot of street photography, so a roll of film is all I need and it usually takes me over a month to shoot it. Its a camera that can be found at a very cheap price today (I got mine for 49 euros) and you will not be disappointed form the results.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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(film developed with Ilford Ilfotec DD-X developer 1:4 solution, 6 minutes at 23C).

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