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underbyte
10-14-2009, 22:47
I haven't used my XA much in the last year or two, and I finally put a roll through it these last few weeks. I have to say that I'm really happy with the results. The meter was spot on and I got many good photographs. I used Acros 100 at EI80, processed in DD-X for 10:00. I had to do some photoshop editing to bring out the best in most of the scans, I haven't tried to print them in the darkroom yet.

I was actually getting ready to part with the XA and the results of this roll will keep us together. The thing is, here is a camera that I carried around because it was so easy. I don't know that I would have had a camera with me otherwise. I also have a 35RC that sees some action on occasion and several (many) other cameras (see GAS). I plan to start carrying around a full sized rangefinder more of the time, but sometimes the situation will be perfect for the XA, and for now, it stays...

Here are some highlights:

http://scottstillman.com/personal/xa/20091013_XA_04.jpg

http://scottstillman.com/personal/xa/20091013_XA_11.jpg

http://scottstillman.com/personal/xa/20091013_XA_13.jpg
Look, bokeh on a point and shoot!
http://scottstillman.com/personal/xa/20091013_XA_18.jpg

ChEc
10-14-2009, 23:19
The XA is also my carry-all-around-camera. This way it serves me extremely well. I will not give it away. Underbyte: I particularly like your first picture, it is well composed.

zuikologist
10-14-2009, 23:39
Very nice, especially the second and third ones.
Bokeh on a p&s - yeah!

Leighgion
10-14-2009, 23:51
Unbeliever repents? :D

I recently had my XA tuned up, paying half again what I laid out for the camera itself. No regrets. Can't do everything I want, but it's the most pocketable 35mm camera I own by far.

pschauss
10-15-2009, 17:16
I bought mine new in 1983 so that I could have a travel camera which did not make me look like a tourist. I had not used it in several years, but when I was planning my trip to Barcelona this summer I decided, once again, that I needed a camera that I could just stuff into my pants pocket. I shot two and a half rolls of Plus-X in two days and virtually all of the shots were perfectly exposed. Here is a sample.

l.mar
10-15-2009, 17:42
I bought mine new in 1983 so that I could have a travel camera which did not make me look like a tourist. I had not used it in several years, but when I was planning my trip to Barcelona this summer I decided, once again, that I needed a camera that I could just stuff into my pants pocket. I shot two and a half rolls of Plus-X in two days and virtually all of the shots were perfectly exposed. Here is a sample.

Great image! I agree completely with your comments! I took my XA (and a Rolleicord III) to Colorado on a family vacation this summer --- it was a real pleasure shooting with both, and the image quality was first-class.

not_in_good_order
10-31-2009, 15:13
I've found that my XA is a better performer up close than at infinity.

bsdunek
10-31-2009, 15:39
I have my Dad's XA, which was his favorite camera. I think they are the best P&S ever. It never fails to give good exposures, and the lens is certainly good enough for general purposes. I can make 8X10 prints that are great.

urban_alchemist
10-31-2009, 15:58
Yup. Wonderful camera. My Ricoh GR1s was in the shop for a busted display so I rifled through my dad's cupboard and found his 1980s-vintage, owned-from-new XA. Original battery still worked, as did the flash.

It was love at first use. 35mm was a great focal-length, spot-on metering (even for slides) and a lovely, characterful lense (the light fall-off at 2.8 is endeering IMO) means that I've just bought a second, better-condition XA to add to the first.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3464/3771826479_a35187657e_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2447/3883852722_a35a3dc245_o.jpg

Nicolás Raddatz
11-06-2009, 20:37
The XA is a wonderful camera for carrying around, very compact, and lends itself well for street shooting. Since i got one, i'm liking more and more 35mm field of view...now my 50 feels claustrophobic if you know what i mean. The thing that drives me crazy is that many of my shots look kinda blurry, even with good lighting (sunny 16) and supposedly reasonable shutter speeds/dof.

This is one of the "good" ones:

Panchos
Sarandí Grande, Uruguay

http://www.nicolasraddatz.com/img/rff/panchos.jpg

Bingley
11-06-2009, 21:31
I'm the original owner of my XA; it's still going strong after 25 years. Perfect for travel and street shooting...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3116/2767636759_554b319a40_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/2931065044_1a776a286c_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2931064924_76740ebbfa_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3146/2940988402_29de6b3280_o.jpg

not_in_good_order
11-07-2009, 17:17
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2526/4084764560_7b0c37e3a1_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4084764560/)

semrich
12-01-2009, 04:43
I've been watching this thread and the images posted while I was waiting to get my hands on the XA I got from B&H. So I thought posting two shots here from my first roll to express how glad I am to have it would be the thing to do.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/data/500/scan091201-01.jpg



http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/5622/U5622I1259674971.SEQ.0.jpg

vnukov_pk
12-25-2009, 01:32
I have two of this little cameras, one was used for spares (shutter stuck). Overall very good quality, even compared with nikon and olympus SLR glass. Only in the night I have to use manual cameras because the aperture priority of XA makes the exposures too long

Disaster_Area
12-27-2009, 07:27
I picked up an XA about a year ago on a GAS whim, ran one roll through it when I first got it and was rather disappointed.. but I think I was expecting too much trying to focus it wide open. I just ran another roll through it over the holidays and the results where AMAZING... and to think I was about to sell it. It's now got a permanent home in my camera bag.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4217452764_10cfef0f8e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbhildebrand/4217452764/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2553/4217448294_7881bbd6c1.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbhildebrand/4217448294/)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2659/4217439348_64bedd3ddc.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbhildebrand/4217439348/)

not_in_good_order
01-18-2010, 20:02
The XA is nice to have around on gloomy days when the light is so bad, I almost don't want to bring a camera. Almost that is...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4286794224_69e379d579_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4286794224/)