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MarkoKovacevic
03-04-2009, 14:10
I'm considering putting a roll of Velvia through the XA for 'life' shots.
Is the meter in the camera accurate enough for slide film?

aizan
03-04-2009, 14:30
the xa doesn't have ae lock or manual exposure.

burninfilm
03-04-2009, 14:34
You want to know if the meter on a 20+ year old camera is accurate enough for slide film? Sounds like something you should check out for your individual camera. Put some film in it, shoot the roll, and see what you get. Reviews from the time the XA was produced say it properly exposed slide film, so it appears it was capable of doing so in its day.

jke
03-04-2009, 14:39
Yes, it is. The meter is remarkably able. But like Burnin' says test your camera out. That's 99.99% of the fun.

ChrisPlatt
03-04-2009, 14:49
I got well-exposed slides with mine, but light falloff was pronounced when projected.

Chris

Michiel Fokkema
03-04-2009, 14:49
Try it and tell us!

Cheers,

Michiel Fokkema

Tuolumne
03-04-2009, 14:52
That's all I used to shoot in my XA.

/T

MarkoKovacevic
03-04-2009, 14:52
I'll try it!
Chris, what light falloff are you speaking of?
Now, for people photos, 100 speed velvia [ultra saturated] or 200 speed less saturated Rollei film?

estenh
03-04-2009, 15:00
I've shot several rolls through mine.

Here's an example:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2394/2195810243_7a359aca2a.jpg

Testing the camera is definitely a necessity beforehand though. It's center-weighted, which could be an issue. Mine tends to underexpose a tiny bit, which I actually like for slides.

erikhaugsby
03-04-2009, 15:52
Esten, where is that Coca-Cola advertisement?

ChrisPlatt
03-04-2009, 16:03
I'll try it!
Chris, what light falloff are you speaking of?

In the corners. Some XA lenses exhibit this more than others, so by all means try yours!

Chris

estenh
03-04-2009, 16:10
Esten, where is that Coca-Cola advertisement?
Erik, that sign is in Sapulpa, OK. Just outside of Tulsa.

Trius
03-04-2009, 18:03
XA + Kodachrome = visual orgasm.

simonSE15
04-19-2009, 10:47
here's a few from my XA with Kodak Elite Chrome

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3608/3452953609_ecc5fd125e.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3367/3452595972_a59efa77a6.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3569/3451781189_52036cb5a7.jpg?v=0

John Hermanson
04-20-2009, 05:59
Slide film is the best way to know if your camera is exposing correctly. Shooting print (negative) film, a camera could be off up to 2 stops either way and that over / underexposure will be compensated for by the machine that makes the prints. Slide film will be dark or light. Also, with the XA, expect to see more pronounced vignetting in the corners. John, www.zuiko.com