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Analogue Adventures Part II

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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)

Written by Jonathan

April 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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  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!!


    April 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm

  2. Nice series of photos..


    April 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  3. nice colours and shots…
    funny french buldog!!!


    April 18, 2012 at 4:25 am

  4. 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.


    April 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

  5. 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.


    April 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

  6. 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…


    April 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

  7. 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?

    Memories of a Wandering Man

    April 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    • Hello! Yes, Velvia is a slide film. Is it better than negative? Try a roll in your Olympus and let me know what you think 🙂


      April 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm

  8. […] the heels of my last post, another film-related adventure! The camera above is an Ansco Cadet, a nifty little 127 format […]

  9. 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


    April 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

  10. this is beautiful


    April 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

  11. The last picture = EPIC !! *LOL


    April 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

  12. these photos are preatty great


    April 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  13. 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.


    April 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  14. 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….


    April 30, 2012 at 7:02 am

    • Hi! Great question. I’m actually having them scanned at my local lab, Photoworks here in San Francisco.


      May 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

  15. ah, that one’s on my wishlist. lovely results! did laugh out loud for that last one too 🙂


    May 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

  16. Lovely…I just wrote up a quick review of my first impressions with my new XA2 a well. Nice shots with you have from it here.



    May 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  17. […] Images: Leica M4 + Summarit-M 50mm f/2.5 | XPRO CHROME, E-6 Processing Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailStumbleUponDiggLike this:LikeBe the first to like […]

  18. […] occurred to me recently that the last time I shot a roll of Velvia was about two years ago! Thought I’ve been loving VSCO’s Velvia 50 preset, […]

  19. […] roll of the year is from my recently rediscovered Olympus XA. Why haven’t I been using this camera more!? That’s gonna change […]

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