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- Olympus Zuiko 1:3.5 35mm Lens
- Smallest 35mm camera.
- Detachable Flash unit (A11)
- Very nice photo quality
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Olympus XA2 Camera w/ A11 Flash. Original Case, Manuals, Receipt & Fresh Batteries V2423
Excellent Olympus XA2 Camera with A11 flash. This camera has been fully tested and everything works. We even include fresh batteries for the camera and flash. Has the original case, manual and even the receipt ($349.99). Some folds to the manual and receipt and some degredation to the interior box tray.
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I really like this camera. It's build like a Russian battle tank with a sturdy metal and plastic exterior. The fact that this camera was produced in the early 1980's and there are still so many working models floating around is a testament to their build quality. The power consumption is minimal. It runs on two silver oxide batteries (don't use alkaline or your pictures will be underexposed) which I hear can last for several years with typical use. To turn the camera on, you slide open the clamshell. The lens is a fixed focal length lens with no zoom and does not retract; once you open it up, it's ready to fire instantly. The shutter button requires very minimal pressure to release. This comes in handy for low light shots requiring you to hold the camera still, as pushing the shutter with such a light touch doesn't cause the camera to violently shake. Focus is controlled by a lever in 3 zones: near, intermediate, and far. There are other versions of the XA that provide more control over focusing, but I prefer the zone focusing because it's faster and more than adequate for most situations. Plus it reminds me of shooting my trusty Holga.
Image quality is excellent. I'm not one to scan my negatives at a hundred and fifty thousand pixels per inch (or whatever ridiculous number it's up to nowadays) and inspect every pixel with a magnifying glass. I really don't care about such nonsense. There are plenty of internet trolls out there who do such comparisons, so a simple web search will provide this information if that's what you're interested in. The important point is that a well composed, well thought out shot in proper lighting with this camera produces great results.
Many people who consider buying this camera also have looked at the Stylus point and shoots. I have both the Olympus Stylus Epic and the original Olympus Stylus (mju 1), and both of these cameras are capable of producing nice photos as well. I prefer the mechanics of the XA2 simply because of the zone focusing and ability to manually set ISO. I shoot a lot of landscapes, and occasionally the autofocus of both the Stylus Epic and Stylus will get things way out of focus. Though I try not to shoot through glass, sometimes that is the only option, and this is another area where the zone focus of the XA2 shines while my Stylus Epic will sometimes focus on the glass window instead of the subject beyond it.
In a world of digital photography where you are encouraged to spend thousands of dollars for equipment that will be obsolete in 2-3 years, it's refreshing to use an old school camera like this that has stood the test of time. A good film camera from decades ago is still a good film camera today. Considering how easy it is to find one of these gems for a mere fraction of the price of any comparable digital camera, it's a no brainer that you should purchase one if you're looking for a great tool to capture those special moments.