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camera.bear
08-18-2009, 11:43
Hey Everyone,

It has been a tough year and I decided to finally treat myself. I just got myself an Olympus XA for my birthday. :D

I live in sunny Phoenix and shoot mostly outside. What film do you all recomend for use in the XA? Are there any pitfalls that I should look out for or tips and tricks for using this camera? Thanks in advance.

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Darkhorse
08-18-2009, 11:44
Toss in some Ektar

MRohlfing
08-18-2009, 12:50
Happy birthday!

I use mine with Fujichrome Provia most of the time - but I am sure the XA will deliver great results with almost any film!

Pitfalls? Well, if you want to use autoflash, you have to use either 100 or 400 film and f4

Use silver oxide batteries as recommended in the instructions, not alkaline, to get correct exposure

Enjoy! It is a great little camera!

tunebomb
08-18-2009, 13:21
The XA is probably my most treasured camera I own. The fact that I can have a camera in my pocket at all times, and be able to control it easily makes it an invaluable tool for what I love doing best. Recording the world around me.

In terms of tips - you can sort of control your shutter speed by playing with the iso lever. so if you feel the exposure it's offering isn't your cup of tea than you have a bit of room to play with.

As for my XA I almost only put 400 speed film through it because my job takes me into some places that aren't as bright and I want to be able to shoot still.

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=olympus%20xa&[email protected] - the tagged shots on my flickr for XA.

shadowfox
08-18-2009, 13:24
Cool beans, Wayne!

You'll love Arizona landscape pics from this XA, with it's lovely built-in vignetting effect ;)

Film-wise, anything is good, my favorite is Kodak Gold 200 or HD 200 if you can still get those. Kodachrome is good also.

I am more curious on the film on the box... 1000 ASA, eh?

Trius
08-18-2009, 15:27
In addition to K64, which is brilliant in the XA (shoot now or forever hold your peace ... try ASA 80), for the bright Arizona sun I would give PanF+ and TMX a try for b&w, and some ISO 100 for colour. I agree with Ektar, even though I haven't shot it yet myself.

If you can get ahold of any Agfa C41 (even outdated as long as you know for sure it is recent and was stored properly,) I'd use that in ISO 100 or 200. The XA does well with that pallette, but then most cameras do. :D

Bingley
08-18-2009, 15:33
Ektar is a good suggestion. I think the XA rocks w/ Kodak 400UC and Portra 400VC. I've also seen some very good work using Superia 800.

BillBingham2
08-18-2009, 15:35
Well done. The best XA and the best flash (one with some guts).

I'd try some BW400CN just for giggles.

B2 (;->

Trius
08-18-2009, 16:03
Yes, BW400CN is good, just make sure to rate it at 250 or 320 for most shots.

Darkhorse
08-18-2009, 16:11
All I know is that when I went to Phoenix 400 speed film was way too fast.

Trius
08-18-2009, 16:47
Yeah, 400 is too fast in Phoenix, except for low-light/night street work.

Canadians in Phoenix? The Coyotes have failed miserably so far ...

BillBingham2
08-18-2009, 18:32
What are you like a Red Wings fan there Trius?

B2 (;->

Harlee
08-18-2009, 19:32
I currently live in Florida which usually is very sunny, like Phoenix, and I've found that ISO 400 is a little high for my taste while using my XA. You constantly have to set the F stops very high, i.e., F22, and sometimes that isn't high enough. While I do use 400 film occsionally, like when I'm in Russia, 90% of the time I load it up with 200, which does just fine even in low light conditions. Best thing is to try both speeds and see what you think.

ZeissFan
08-18-2009, 20:17
Job 1: Replace those foam seals immediately. Hopefully, it was done by the previous owner.

The meter needle on my camera is sluggish, although the camera seems to set the correct exposure.

It's a nice little camera, and I think that you'll have a lot of fun with it.

Once again, it showcases Olympus' daring spirit and willingness to go its own way.

Trius
08-19-2009, 03:55
What are you like a Red Wings fan there Trius?

B2 (;->

Ex-SQUEEZE me?? How many times do I have to say

GO LEAFS GO!!!

rovnguy
08-19-2009, 04:04
Shoot Kodachrome for as long as you can get it. You'll never regret it.

shadowfox
08-19-2009, 07:00
Yes, BW400CN is good, just make sure to rate it at 250 or 320 for most shots.

Listen to Earl and Bill.

I forgot about the BW400CN. That film kicks butt on the XA, the long tonal scale can really showcase that incredible XA lens.

Also it's equivalent, the XP200 Super if you can find some. Same rating as above, around 250ASA.

When you scan these, get rid of the color cast, punch the contrast up a bit, and prepare to be amazed.

David Hughes
08-19-2009, 07:29
Whatever you decide, ignore that VR 1000 sticker.

And try FP4 Plus, if you can get it and get it D&P'd, it's one it was designed for.

Regards, David

PS My Rule of Thumb is 100 for summer, 400 for winter and 200 for in between.

navilluspm
08-19-2009, 07:46
Leaf fans - They are like the Chicago cubs fans of Canada. They are all full of hope, only to have their hopes dashed again and again into the ages. However if you meet a Leaf fan who believes his team has Stanley cup aspirations, you might by able to also sell him the Brooklin bridge.

camera.bear
08-19-2009, 08:15
Thank you Everyone,

I have been looking forward to trying an XA for awhile and from my initial impressions, I think that I will really enjoy shooting this one.

And the winner is.......Ektar 100, for now. I really wany try and get some Kodachrome 64 and shoot it while I can.

@ZeissFan....Thanks for the heads up on the seals, but these look ok for now.

@Harlee, Trius, Darkhorse....you're right, 400 speed films are definitly too fast to use here in Phoenix in the summer. It's not quite as bad in the winter.

@shadowfox....from Kodak's website and other sources "KODACOLOR VR 100 Film was introduced, utilizing a new T-GRAIN Emulsion Technology, which represented a major break-through in silver-halide emulsions. " KODACOLOR VR films were later renamed KODACOLOR GOLD i.e, your favorite film.

@BillBillingham2, Trius....I shot some BW400CN in my L35AF back in the middle of March and it came out nicely. I think I will shoot it at 400 again as I have enough light alreay.

@Everyone....Thanks for the tips and great advise. Now I am off to start snapping some pics. :D

John Hermanson
08-19-2009, 09:30
XA is a great little camera. Very quiet, still an attention getter imo. Only con I would mention is that with narrow-latitude slide films, the vignetting is more pronounce. When I was at Olympus, we exchanged "dozens" of XAs for people who complained about it. John, www.zuiko.com

ethics_gradient
08-19-2009, 10:23
I had two, both of which broke down (one developed a problem with the shutter, the other had some bits of plastic get in the film advance mechanism and jam it). They're great little cameras though. I sent both of them off for repairs, tech could only fix the latter one, also had him modify the meter for ASA 1600 film. Sold it not long after to get an R3a, still kind of regret not hanging on to it.

MRohlfing
08-19-2009, 10:27
"KODACOLOR VR 100 Film was introduced, utilizing a new T-GRAIN Emulsion Technology, which represented a major break-through in silver-halide emulsions. " KODACOLOR VR films were later renamed KODACOLOR GOLD i.e, your favorite film.

Oh no, I'm disappointed!

I was hoping it was Kodak's newly developed VR vibration reduction film! :D

camera.bear
08-19-2009, 11:11
Oh no, I'm disappointed!

I was hoping it was Kodak's newly developed VR vibration reduction film! :D


That is HILARIOUS!! ROFLOL.....Gasping for air.....now back to work.

Thanx!

Trius
08-19-2009, 16:20
John: Dozens out of all the XAs sold ain't bad.

What amazes me about the XA is the long exposure times. I recall one shot where I had an XA on a tripod (a truly comical vision) and photographed a friend of mine sitting near a campfire. IIRC, the shot was on K64, and it was exposed perfectly, with a very long shutter opening. The vignetting wasn't visible, of course, and only enhanced the photo. I don't think the maximum shutter speed is as long as an OM2n or OM4, but it's pretty damn long.

tunebomb
08-19-2009, 16:26
the xa can do 30 seconds IIRC

shadowfox
08-20-2009, 08:18
KODACOLOR VR films were later renamed KODACOLOR GOLD i.e, your favorite film.

Not necessarily, my favorite is Kodak Gold 200ASA. Not 1000ASA.

I'd like to give that a try though, but most likely anything I can find now is hopelessly expired, which is usually bad for a film at that speed.