Just Arrived: Olympus XA4 Macro
I’m hoping that the search for my perfect compact film camera for casual everyday shooting ends here.
I have gotten rid of the Olympus XA (gave it to a friend, well, what’s left of it anyway) and I found the Yashica T2 too bulky and obtrusive (not to mention the annoying need to hold a button to prevent the flash from firing).
The lens has a superb 28mm lens very suitable for street shooting. I can also opt to push the film up to ASA 1600 thru simple DIY techniques. Scale focusing with the easy-to-use distance selector (in combination with the wide DOF of the lens) will allow me to focus faster than by using a viewfinder and will put me way more at ease than finicky autofocus does. Automatic exposure (no manual setting available) will free me from thinking too much about my settings and will make me concentrate more on quick framing and composition.
The slow maximum aperture (f/3.5) will not be a problem for I will be needing the wide DOF of smaller apertures anyway.
And it can shoot macro for Pete’s sake! (Not my thing though.)
All these for a camera no larger than my palm, minus the fingers. Yes, minus the fingers! It’s just how small it is.