Amarcord: Olympus XA

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Smartphones are eating up the low end compact camera market. And the High End compact camera with fixed lens market is one the last niche left where companies cans till make some money. Olympus will soon announce their High End compact and let’s hope it can be as successful as they were with the Olympus XA 35mm film compact camera (here on eBay). Cameraquest writes that this was a “groundbreaker“. it is the smallest full frame 35 with a built in Rangefinder!!! It had an Albada finder with parallax correction marks, automatic exposure, super smooth electromagnetic shutter release, self timer, a battery check, and tripod mount. yep all that stuff in a super small camera (see it on youtube here).

Guru Blogger Ken Rockwell writes about the XA: “Not only are the images wonderful, but the design and styling of these cameras are a joy to behold.

It may doens’t look particularly great but it does all what we need and all in the smallest package possible. Let’s see what the new digital Premium compact Olympus will copy from it. I would like to see the clamshell! :)

Olympus XA auctions on eBay (Click here).

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The GX1 deals roundup…

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The GX1 is almost as cheap as the GF camera. And I really hope this is a sign that a new GX2 is on the horizon. At leats in US you have these three deasl:
1) GX1 body only for $264 at Amazon (via BigValue).
2) GX1 with normal 14-42mm lens for $399 at Amazon (Click here).
3) GX1 with X kit lens for $499 at Amazon (Click here).

P.S.: And one refurbished 75mm f/1.8 lens is for sale for $819 at Cametaauctions (Click here). And two 9-18mm lenses for $549 at Cameraland (Click here).

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a little bit of everything…

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Giulio Sciorio – Professional Photographer – Tells Us How He Uses the Panasonic GH3 Used for Photo and Video at WPPI 2013

you can’t do wildlife photography with MFT Cameras…can you? (Scott Bourne).
Panasonic 12-35mm X lens test at Lenstip.
New Olympus Magazine issue at Olympusmag.
Jackar Lens snapshooter 34mm f1.8 review at Meandphotography.
New 75-300mm F4.8-6.7 II lens test at Nikkeibp.
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 review at SLRgear.
MeFoto GlobeTrotter and RoadTrip Travel Tripods with The Aviator Travel Jib and OliviaTech Motorroid Slider (Oliviatech.com)
Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye, get wide (Tyson Robichaud).
XZ-10 image samples at Clubsnap.

 

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Olympus 17mm f/1.8 Review by Kai (Digitalrev) and SLRgear.

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Is the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens good or not? Watch the video to hear Kai’s answer :)

A more “technical” review has been also posted by SLRgear. They write: “Olympus has produced a very nice lens here – it feels very solid, and produces some nice images. In comparison to its fellows, it isn’t quite as sharp or resistant to chromatic aberration, especially at the larger focal lengths, but its unique focusing technology might make up for that, and make it easier to use in the field.

Yep, some like and some do not like the lens. May Olympus come out with a high quality 17mm f/1.4 lens too? That would be nice for all MFT owners asking for an extra super high quality 17mm lens!

Olympus 17mm lens price check at Amazon, Olympus US store, Adorama, B&H, eBay.

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