I took my Olympus XA2 for a spin the last week and what can I say? This camera always makes me smile. It’s tiny, fits my pocket and does not weigh me down. And at the same time it is such a wonderful package.
Exposure is usually spot on, in any conditions, but above all, the lens is sharp, a wonder you are allowed to carry it without a weapons license!
I simply love that camera like no other. Even my Leica IIIa is no match for it. Simple to use, it just disappears when I press the shutter. There is nothing between my subject and the picture that’s already formed in my head.
The Olympus XA2 loves sunshine. Of course it flares a bit, but that’s just an aspect of it’s caracter. It’s vignetting too, but I don’t give a damn. I like it just as it is.
If I had to choose just one camera, this would be the one I’d keep. Nothing compares to it, nothing comes close to the pure joy I feel when I’m roving the streets and lanes with it. Nothing compares to the ‘wow’ moments when the scans appear on my screen.
If you are interested in trying film photography but not sure if you will like it, buy an Olympus XA2. It’s not terribly expensive and it will show you just how good film can look, better and less expensive than buying any fancy SLR with a bunch of lenses and finding you prefer digital (why?????).
Try film, try the XA2!
I dare you!