The Conversation

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by brian moore, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Olympus XA and Rite Aid 400 film (re-branded Fuji).

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  2. RT Panther

    RT Panther SC All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    Did they end up at a tavern afterwards? :drinks:
  3. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    The XA is a wonderful little camera.
  4. lol. She was a great tavern dog and a splendid companion all round. (Sadly, she passed away on Jan 26 after a two year battle with cancer.) No, we just walked home after this and had a brew. (I would often use the XA's self-timer to snap our picture if I found a splash of light during our evening walks.)
  5. I totally agree with you Lawrence A. I have an XA, an XA2 and and XA3. Great little machines.
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Brian, I'm sorry for your loss. Knowing the backstory makes this all the more poignant.

    Some of my best conversations have been with my dog Lucy so I know that look and the wonderful shared silence that can only occur between two great friends. And that the silence can indeed be considered a conversation.
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  7. Much appreciated, Luke. (You and I are kindred spirits I think.)
  8. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Some of the best people I know are dogs. Sorry for you loss. I've been there and know how difficult it is.

    On the XA front: I just bought a working XA-2 with flash for $10. I prefer the rangefinder to the zone focus, but my first 35mm camera was an Olympus zone focus camera, one of the EC models. I learned how to use exposure compensation by changing asa (as we called it then).
  9. Thank you for your kind words, Lawrence. I appreciate it very much.

    Good bargain on that XA2! Congratulations. (I still say ASA.) I have an XA and an XA3 (also an XA2 that needs resealed, but I've never used it). Both are great cameras. Of course, you have more control with the XA due to its aperture priority exposure system, and theoretically you have more control of your focus due to the rangefinder. But I say "theoretically" because in practice the rangefinder in my XA is quite useless. I can't discern any focusing detail through it, so I almost always rely on the hyperfocal when I'm shooting with it. (The zone system in the XA3 has its own challenges, because it always defaults to the middle distance setting when you open the lens cover. I wish I had a dollar for every time I shot a close up or an infinity shot with the zone set to middle distance!) Those issues aside,...wonderful cameras the XA series!
  10. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    The XA rangefinder patch can get pretty dim. I put a very small square of black tape on the middle of the front side of the viewfinder; it improves contrast considerably and makes the rangefinder patch quite usable. It takes a little experimentation to get the size of the black tape and its placement right, but it is a great way to bring up the contrast of any rangefinder patch that is too dim. I use the same method on my Fuji GS645S.
  11. I'm familiar with that workaround but I haven't tried it yet. Thank you.
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