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Olympus XA4: a real deal!
Old 04-23-2016   #1
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Olympus XA4: a real deal!

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.


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Old 04-24-2016   #2
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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.

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Good deal ! And what about the inaudible shutter ?? My XA-2 shutter barely makes a sound, it is great for street photography.
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congratulations, complete bargain......l wish l was so lucky
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awesome deal!
the XA-4 is an amazing camera, it will also be my go to film camera when travelling
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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.
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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...

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

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

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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.

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

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A Most Excellent Deal!

Well done Sir, very well done!

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And It HAS The Macro Measuring cord.!!!!!!
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And It HAS The Macro Measuring cord.!!!!!!

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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....
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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.

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Right.

OP got a great deal, congrats!
What's a reasonable price for xa4 with cord and flash?
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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.....
This was just a (silly) previous test for macro....
001XA4_TMY400_036.jpg
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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.....
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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.
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