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.


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.




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

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