Olympus XA + A16 Flash
Overall condition 8.5/10
Operation: All functions working, accurate shutter, smooth focus, light meter working.
Optics: Lens and finder are clean and clear
Cosmetic: Some minor marks on body from use, no big scratches or dents
Olympus XA Rangefinder
It was designed by Yoshihisa Maitani who had joined Olympus Optical Co Ltd in 1956. He was the chief camera designer and managing director of Olympus Optical Co Ltd., having developed a number of legendary cameras during his career. These included the Pen series, the OM series, the XA series, the IS series and the [mju:] series of cameras.
The original model, the XA, was sold from 1979 to 1985. The original XA features true rangefinder focusing, a fast 35mm f/2.8 lens, and aperture priority metering. The lens was protected by a sliding dust cover. Film wind is by thumb-wheel, aperture is set on the body using a small lever, focus is set by a small lever below the lens, film speed (ISO) is set on a dial below the lens, the viewfinder is optical direct-view with the rangefinder frame embedded in it and a display of the shutter speed at the side. Later cameras, models XA2 to XA4, featured scale focusing instead of rangefinders. The XA1 used a fixed-focus lens. Although the cameras resembled each other, there were subtle differences in design. The XA3 and XA4 were slightly larger than the XA and XA2. The original XA's dust cover dome resembled a flattened oval, whereas the other models had a more rounded design.
- Lens: 6 elements 5 groups F.Zuiko 35mm
- Aperture: f/2.8–f/22
- Shutter: 10s~1/500s leaf shutter
- Focusing: 0.9m to infinity rangefinder
- Exposure: aperture-priority metering with +1.5 exposure compensation for backlighting
- Battery: 2 LR/SR44
- Size: 102×64.5×40mm
- Weight: 225g
- Year: 1979–1985
What we think:
Well for starters this is the smallest rangefinder ever made and it gets smaller as the flash can be removed.
The lens is stunning and super sharp, as the price is under most over hyped auto focus fixed lens point and shoots, so if you want something compact this is what i'd call a pro point and shoot!