135compact.com 35mm ultra compact cameras Olympus XA
Olympus XA is one of the two smallest 35mm film rangefinder camera ever
built (the other being the Contax T). Unlike other ultra-compacts, the lens unit does not fold or
extend. Focussing is done by moving one of the 5 groups inside the lens
via a lever, coupled to a real rangfinder. You just slide the dustcover
open and it's ready. Its main features are:
35mm F2.8 lens, 6 elements in 5 groups, coupled rangefinder, min. focus 0,85m Aperture priority (2.8-22), electronic shutter, 10sec.-1/500, speed indication 1-1/500 in the viewer/rangefinder window Size 102x64,5x40, Weight 225 gr. 25-800 ISO, backlight compensation, self-timer
Well protected behind the sliding "dust cover". Sliding aperture control/flash switch.
Seen from above. Rewind knob, shutter button, exposure counter.
from below. It takes 2 LR/SR44 batteries, still available. Exposure
compensation/battery check/self-timer switch, rewind unlock button, tripod socket.
Cover open. Focussing via the lever under the lens, accessible from the bottom. ISO switch.
flash attached. 3 flash modes: ISO 100 auto, 400 auto, full. Unlike
other compacts you can still fit the camera into your pocket with the
flash attached. There are 2 flash models available, the A11 shown
above, guide number 10 (m/100 ISO), with one AA battery and the
A16 (guide number 16), bigger, with 2 AA batteries. Auto setting
is F4 and 1/30, just slide the F-slide to the top, past F2.8 and the
flash will charge. Set to full mode you can slide the F-slide back to
the F-stop you desire, but you will have to figure out the correct
The XA is the top model of the series. All other XA models have no rangefinder and a cheaper lens. So they are less desirable.