Analogue Adventures Part II

Image: Fuji X100 | 1/55 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 

I’m pretty sure I’ve found a camera that will most certainly help me drain my bank account due to film and processing costs. I picked up this Olympus XA at a local used camera sidewalk sale the other week. A tiny, durable little film camera with a 35mm f/2.8 F-Zuiko lens, aperture priority auto-exposure and manual focus using a small RF patch in the viewfinder. It’s smaller and lighter than my Nikon V1 (my smallest digital camera), so there’s always space in the camera bag for the little guy.

The XA really came in handy one morning when the batteries ran out on the digital camera I was carrying. I loaded a roll of Velvia 50 and used it as my only camera for the entire day, and wouldn’t you know, it was the most fun I’ve had shooting in a long time.

Image: iPhone 4s 

Image: iPhone 4s

The last time I shot Velvia I had the film cross-processed, which produced some funky results. This time I went with standard E6, and when I placed the processed strips of film over the light table at the lab (above), my jaw dropped. Not only are the colors amazing, but the camera itself performed beyond my expectations. The following scans do no justice to what I actually saw on that light table, but here’s most of my first roll of RVP50 from my new favorite film camera. It should be obvious from these frames that Suki really tries hard to never look at the camera:

You all know I’m partial to Suki, but I must say, this image I took outside my favorite coffee shop is my favorite frame from the roll:

Hah! Makes me laugh every time I look at it =)


All images: Olympus XA | Velvia 50 | E6 Processing (unless otherwise noted)

22 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures Part II

  1. Love the photos! Like you said, I am sure these photos don’t do justice to what you saw on your lightbox. ^^

    I agree on your last comment too, that is one funny photo! Cute!!

  2. Hooray! I knew I’d love the results;D but not so sure you’d do. Now you love the photos and the camera:)) Yes, it’s one of the most handy and reliable tiny camera with a lot of fun! I myself have never used one; one of my closest friends used to have one, and I loved it and what it made.

  3. Great photos Jon! The XA is a classic! Pick up an XA2 while you are at it :D, I have both. The XA2 is a bit quicker to handle IMO. I LOVE both equally though. That last photo is my favorite. Seeing real E6 on a lightbox is like so unreal! I think every photog in our generation needs to shoot a roll of E6 and see how differently a positive frame renders from a computer screen. It has helped my digital photography and post techniques as well. Great work! Try Provia 400x on overcast days for a nice experience as well.

  4. love this last one too! also the blurred one and the last foto of Bridget… so pretty 🙂
    I can’t even remeber when was the last time I shot film, my holga has had the same roll of film for a year now…
    but I miss it, and feel inspired by your post…

  5. Love the photos. I have the Olympus MjuII which has the same lens as the XA, so I’m just as impressed with it as you are with your XA. Now, is the Velvia50 a positive film? Is it better than the negative for these kinda everyday photos? Is the focusing automatic as well like in the MjuII?

  6. I love these photos so much. The colors are amazing and vivid. Just beautiful!! I want to print them all and make a little book. =D

  7. i always love seeing strips of film like that!

    also, how have we *not* run into each other at this point? i swear, i have passed by some of these places on a regular basis.

  8. Hey once more great picts, these are so nice, the colors are incredible. Could you please share on how are you scanning these? I am using a plustek scanner, and if i could only get results as half good as yours i will be happy….

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