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Dcanalogue
04-23-2016, 11:52
Hi folks!
Recently I got for just 10 in a flea market a nice (almost mint) working XA4 with it's (working) A11 flash.

To give more fun to my test shot... I decided to use Delta 3200 pulled @ 1600, so I had to "cheat" the Dx system with a gaffer tape.... :)
It seems to work quite well and lens seems sharp. The only drawback is the fact it's fully automatic.... and I prefer to control exposure by myself. Anyway, it's very handy and pocketable... so it could be very useful as an all-rounder.


Check more on my FILM BLOG (https://thefilmrenaissance.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/olympus-xa-4-ilfor-delta-3200-1600-in-dd-x/)

https://thefilmrenaissance.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/002_xa4_delta3200to1600_015.jpg?w=960

https://thefilmrenaissance.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/20160422_143324.jpg?w=960

Trius
04-24-2016, 04:02
Wow, that's the bargain of the century! I have never owned an XA-4, though I did purchase one on behalf of a friend. I do have two XAs, one will likely accompany me to Paris soon as my only film camera. The XA series is brilliant, and it could be argued the XA-4 is the jewel.

Congrats!

Joao
04-24-2016, 04:24
Good deal ! And what about the inaudible shutter ?? My XA-2 shutter barely makes a sound, it is great for street photography.

wakarimasen
04-24-2016, 05:28
https://thefilmrenaissance.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/002_xa4_delta3200to1600_015.jpg?w=960


Is that in Rome?

lxmike
04-24-2016, 06:11
congratulations, complete bargain......l wish l was so lucky

taemo
04-24-2016, 06:55
awesome deal!
the XA-4 is an amazing camera, it will also be my go to film camera when travelling

Mablo
04-24-2016, 07:13
Go ahead and check out OP's street photos on his website. Great imagery. Personally I'm not too keen on XA cameras. I've owned and used some but all went faulty one way or the other. Most usual problem being the overly active shutter button. When in working condition it's a fabulous little wonder.

David Hughes
04-24-2016, 11:57
Hi,

Yes, they are great cameras and not exactly dear to repair. My last one to fail was quoted at 38 pounds to check and do everything needed. The XA is a little dearer but compared to other s a bargain...

Regards, David

Dcanalogue
04-24-2016, 23:25
Is that in Rome?

Yep! It's one of the four fountains along the 4 Fountains street. :)

Dcanalogue
04-24-2016, 23:46
Go ahead and check out OP's street photos on his website. Great imagery. Personally I'm not too keen on XA cameras. I've owned and used some but all went faulty one way or the other. Most usual problem being the overly active shutter button. When in working condition it's a fabulous little wonder.

Apart the fact it could broke, the only thing I don't liko of this kind of cameras is the fact it's all automatic and I can't fully control exposure....

Dcanalogue
04-24-2016, 23:48
Wow, that's the bargain of the century! I have never owned an XA-4, though I did purchase one on behalf of a friend. I do have two XAs, one will likely accompany me to Paris soon as my only film camera. The XA series is brilliant, and it could be argued the XA-4 is the jewel.

Congrats!

Thanks! have a good trip in Paris.... and take many good film photos! :):)

John Bragg
04-24-2016, 23:59
You are lucky to have the light seals still intact. It would be wise to have them renewed at some point as with all cameras of this age. The foam will eventually degrade to sticky goo.

David Hughes
04-25-2016, 00:20
BTW, the XA1, XA2, XA3 and XA4 are not RF's. Or not CRF's I should have typed but no one calls them that these days even though RF's are things you fit in accessory shoes.

As I see it the XA1 is a fixed focus camera and the XA2, XA3 and XA4 are zone focussing.

Just my 2d worth.

Regards, David

k__43
04-25-2016, 00:27
BTW, the XA1, XA2, XA3 and XA4 are not RF's. Or not CRF's I should have typed but no one calls them that these days even though RF's are things you fit in accessory shoes.

As I see it the XA1 is a fixed focus camera and the XA2, XA3 and XA4 are zone focussing.

Just my 2d worth.

Regards, David

I've the original XA and I find it is best to use zone focusing on a bright day with ISO400 :D (just faster)

David Hughes
04-25-2016, 06:58
I've the original XA and I find it is best to use zone focusing on a bright day with ISO400 :D (just faster)

Agreed, if you set it on the two 'orange' settings* it can be taken out and fired usually for grab shots. OTOH, with the RF and choice of aperture I mostly use it like (say) a Leica M series or any other serious camera...

Regards, David

*That means f/5.6 and 3 metres range.

BillBingham2
04-25-2016, 07:05
A Most Excellent Deal!

Well done Sir, very well done!

B2 (;->

kuzano
04-25-2016, 08:04
Hi folks!
Recently I got for just 10€ in a flea market a nice (almost mint) working XA4 with it's (working) A11 flash.

To give more fun to my test shot... I decided to use Delta 3200 pulled @ 1600, so I had to "cheat" the Dx system with a gaffer tape.... :)
It seems to work quite well and lens seems sharp. The only drawback is the fact it's fully automatic.... and I prefer to control exposure by myself. Anyway, it's very handy and pocketable... so it could be very useful as an all-rounder.


Check more on my FILM BLOG (https://thefilmrenaissance.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/olympus-xa-4-ilfor-delta-3200-1600-in-dd-x/)

https://thefilmrenaissance.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/002_xa4_delta3200to1600_015.jpg?w=960

https://thefilmrenaissance.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/20160422_143324.jpg?w=960

Control exposure as you like. Take film and push it or pull it and develop for other ratings. Or shoot it 20% less rating and play with the development as well. Either way gives you control. Write down your results. Tedious yes... but it works.

Only XA 4 I have seen in a while with the macro measuring cord. I happened across just one of the cords one time and sold it on eBay for $50.00. Yes, JUST the cord with the red end. Pull the full length of the cord out and use it as a measuring cord for proper macro distance from subject to lens.

You knew that....Right?

FrankS
04-25-2016, 08:18
Right.

OP got a great deal, congrats!
What's a reasonable price for xa4 with cord and flash?

Dcanalogue
04-25-2016, 09:48
Control exposure as you like. Take film and push it or pull it and develop for other ratings. Or shoot it 20% less rating and play with the development as well. Either way gives you control. Write down your results. Tedious yes... but it works.

Only XA 4 I have seen in a while with the macro measuring cord. I happened across just one of the cords one time and sold it on eBay for $50.00. Yes, JUST the cord with the red end. Pull the full length of the cord out and use it as a measuring cord for proper macro distance from subject to lens.

You knew that....Right?

Yep..... I knew it..... :D
This was just a (silly) previous test for macro....:)
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Dcanalogue
04-25-2016, 09:50
Regarding actual price for XA4.... I've only seen people asking 100€ or more on the Bay.... and don't know in which condition or if complete with cord and/or flash.....

wakarimasen
04-25-2016, 12:40
Yep! It's one of the four fountains along the 4 Fountains street. :)

I thought so! I snapped the same thing with my EOS-M earlier this year.