Olympus xa2 handbuch


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Olympus xa2 handbuch

What is it? It was a simpler and less expensive version of the Olympus XA camera released a year earlier. The entire XA series was very innovative, including many firsts in the point and shoot camera segment. They were a huge success for Olympus and are still popular with collectors today due to their small size, ease of use, and excellent optics.

Maitani and his team spent months coming up with the shape and design of the camera. When the overall size and shape of the camera was realized, a new challenge arose to fit everything in the camera. There were no lens formulas at the time that could be shrunk down to fit in the necessary space while still achieving the full 35mm frame coverage and quality that Olympus had demanded.

In order to avoid camera shake, the shutter had to be very sensitive, while still being reliable and precise so Maitani consulted a variety of specialized manufacturers to come up with a special pressure sensitive conductor to met all of his requirements. Even the rangefinder had to be designed from the ground up as it required an extremely short base to fit within the case while still being accurate.

The rangefinder on the XA has the shortest base of any rangefinder ever made, yet it still does an excellent job at measuring distance correctly. One way in which the entire XA series was able to maintain such a small size was the lack of a built in flash.

For all the praise that can be heaped upon the XA, it came at a cost. Zuiko lens and lost the rangefinder. The XA2 was a scale focus camera that allowed the photographer to choose one of three focus zones for portrait, group, and landscape shots. The XA2 was the most popular of the XA series and was sold for nearly 6 years. The XA-series remained in production until the early s when they were replaced by the compact mju series, which for a high spec manual focus camera was pretty impressive for the time when point and shoot cameras were increasingly automatic.

The XA2 was the most common and is the most affordable in the range today. The XA3 and 4 models can sometimes fetch higher prices simply due to rarity. I have come across two different XA2s and the first had a dead meter which I have discovered to be a common problem with these cameras.

Another side effect is that the green slow shutter speed indicator lamp in the viewfinder would always remain lit. Once I got a working XA2, I was excited to be able to see what all the fuss was about. Despite the impressive technology behind the XA2, it has very few controls. The camera is fully automatic and only offers programmed auto exposure with no manual override.

It was designed to be very easy to use with as little input from the user as absolutely necessary. In fact, other than the shutter release and the 3-zone focus lever, the only other controls on the camera are the manual selector for film speed from ASA 25 —the self-timer lever on the bottom of the camera which also doubles as the battery check switch, and the flash activation lever which only works with a flash attached to the camera.

Sold with the XA2 series were a few different flashes, the A11 is the most common, but there was also the A16 which had a more powerful flash. The users manual for the XA2 warns against setting the camera to the landscape mountain focus setting as objects will be outside of the usable range of the flash. For properly illuminated flash photography, you need to keep the camera at the close focus or the middle focus settings. Loading film into the camera requires the front clam shell to be shut in order to pull up on the rewind knob which doubles as the door release.

Otherwise, what you are presented with is a rather ordinary film compartment. A new cassette goes on the left and you thread the leader into one of the multiple slits in the take up spool. The very short path for the leader to travel across the film gate and onto the takeup spool means that you waste less film at the beginning and end of a roll allowing you to get an extra exposure or two on a roll of film.

The viewfinder for the XA2 is typical for the point and shoot segment of the late s and early 80s, which is to say that its still usable with prescription glasses, but not as big as a typical SLR viewfinder would have been around that same time. The thought behind this was that he could minimize camera shake by eliminating a long travel of the shutter release button.

In theory, this accomplishes that task as the shutter release is very easy to fire, but it also has the side effect of increasing the chances of unintentional exposures, a complaint that many reviews of these cameras have pointed out. This sensitive shutter release would be carried over to the rest of the series, including the XA2. As a result, it is highly advisable to close the dust cap, covering the lens and thus disabling the shutter when the camera is not in use.

Shooting the XA2 is a mostly forgettable experience, but that was kind of the point. I am no stranger to point and shoot cameras from the s and 80s, but most of these also included auto focus, something the entire XA series lacks. It is very easy to put this thing to your eye and forget to focus it.

Some of the illustrations are hilariously bad, such as the warnings on page 17 which suggest if the camera gets wet, a frowny face angel may come visit you, or if lighting bolts shoot out of the side of the camera, you may experience more lightning bolts if you also have a cast on your leg. The strong preference for illustrations was probably a good idea for the target customer that the XA2 was likely sold to, but trying to glean some technical information, especially about the exposure or focusing systems is incredibly difficult.

This is great because if you forget to change the focus setting after opening the camera, this is the default setting and one that should get anything you need in focus in ideal lighting. The table below offers what I believe are the depth of field ranges of the camera in all 3 zones, and in 3 different lighting situations indoors, cloudy, and sunny based on the following assumptions:.

In order for a 35mm lens to have a 3. I think therein lies the greatest asset of the XA2 making it one of the most unique cameras ever made. It is an incredibly small and compact full frame 35mm camera that has an excellent lens and metering system allowing you to get near SLR-like images. The simplicity of the zone focus method makes it more predictable than any auto focus system could ever be, and faster than any rangefinder.

You could fire off 3 shots using zone focus in the time it takes the average person to stare at a rangefinder patch, trying to find a suitable vertical line to determine the exact correct focus distance and then take one shot. Overall, the Olympus XA2 is an outstanding camera whose best benefits only reveal themselves after using it.

I will admit to being skeptical the first time I picked one up. It can sometimes be hard to review a camera that is as well documented as the XA2. Yes its portable, yes the lens is sharp, yes the metering system works well, and yes the zone focusing system is fast and easy to use. In my time shooting the XA2, I never once thought that had I had a rangefinder, I could focus easier. In fact, the three focus zones and huge depth of field meant that I rarely had to think about focusing at all.

The XA is a great camera for sure. The XA2 represented a hell of a value not only when it was first introduced, but today as well. Great review. Home Photography Olympus XA2 Maitani Yoshihisa seen here is holding a clay model of what would eventually become the XA.

Sitting in front of him are various models he also helped design for Olympus. A random collection of XA-series models, in various colors. My Thoughts I have come across two different XA2s and the first had a dead meter which I have discovered to be a common problem with these cameras. The 4-element lens in the XA2 is a step down from the 6-element in the XA. The bottom of the camera features a lever which does double duty as a self timer and battery check.

The XA-series had a variety of accessory lenses that could be mounted, including this A16 flash. The back of the XA2 shows a rather typical film compartment. The viewfinder is very sparse with only the projected frame lines and a camera shake indicator not shown visible. The large red shutter release button is very sensitive and can easily trigger the shutter if you are not careful. These incredibly clear and useful illustrations warn you against getting the camera wet or dropping it.

For general outdoor photography, as long as you have good light, both the Middle and Far settings offer you a nearly focus free experience. No other camera ever made looks or performs like the XA2…well other than the XA, and the XA3, and the XA4… I think therein lies the greatest asset of the XA2 making it one of the most unique cameras ever made. Like this article? Share it! Share Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window.

Like this: Like Loading Previous Post Agat 18K Next Post Minolta Hi-Matic E Very nice write up Mike! Thanks for taking the time to have a look at this fun little camera. Like this Post? Let me hear your thoughts! Cancel reply. My Final Word How these ratings work.

The Olympus XA2 is a camera whose reputation precedes itself. This is a very well known and very highly regarded camera for a reason. Perhaps the best characteristic of the camera is that it offers some of the simplicity of a s point and shoot camera, in a very small package, with an excellent lens and meter, but with the control and speed of a manual focus camera.

The results from this camera speak for themselves. The XA2 is a popular camera for a reason. If you are on the fence about whether you should get one, just do it.

Olympus XA. Olympus ist seit vielen Jahren nicht nur für qualitativ gute, sondern auch für relativ handliche Kameras bekannt, die zum Teil auf originellen Ideen beruhen, die andere Hersteller vorher nicht gehabt haben und nachträglich dann nachahmten.

Insofern ist Olympus mit vielen Modellen zum Trendsetter geworden. Das ist auch beim heutigen Angebot von Digitalkameras nicht anders, aber das ist eine andere Geschichte. Viele der Schöpfungen Maitanis sind eigentliche klassische Kameramodelle geworden, man denke an die Halbformatsucherkameras der Pen-Reihe, an die Spiegelreflexkameras Pen F und Pen FT ebenfalls fürs Halbformat 18 x 24 mm auf Kleinbildfilm, an die Spiegelreflexkameras der OM-Reihe fürs Vollformat 24 x36 mm.

Ab ca. Diese Aufzählung, auch wenn sie die Eigenschaften der ab Frühjahr lieferbaren Kamera beschreibt, zeigt nicht, was die XA aus der Menge anderer kompakter Sucherkameras heraushebt. Übliche Weitwinkelobjektive für Spiegelreflexkameras sind nach dem Retrofokusprinzip konstruiert, d.

Und zum Unterschied von diesen verfügt die XA über einen eingebauten und gekuppelten Entfernungsmesser. Die Besonderheit der Konstruktion bedingt eine Reihe von Besonderheiten bei der Bedienung der XA: die Entfernungseinstellung erfolgt über einen kleinen Hebel unterhalb des Objektivs, sichtbar bei geöffnetem Abdeckschieber, die Blende wird seitlich des Objektivs mit einem Schieber festgelegt, die Belichtungszeit Zeitautomatik ergibt sich aus den vom Belichtungsmesser ermittelten Helligkeit unter Berücksichtigung der an einer Skala unterhalb des Objektivs eingestellten Filmempfindlichkeit und der Blendeneinstellung.

Die eingestellte Zeit ist an einer Skala links im Sucher sichtbar. Ich zeige hier ein A Nehmen Sie einen lichtempfindlicheren Film, das ist die bessere Lösung. Noch eine Besonderheit: Der Auslöser hat einen extrem geringen Auslöseweg, sobald man sozusagen den Finger auf die rot markierte Auslösefläche legt, löst die Kamera aus sofern Verschluss gespannt.

Daran muss und kann man sich gewöhnen. Achten Sie beim Kauf auf die Lichtdichtheit der Rückwand, der seinerzeit zur Abdichtung gegen Streulicht verwendete Schaumgummi ist oft zerbröselt, eine neue Dichtung ist fällig möglich, kostet aber vielleicht mehr als die Kamera! Ist eine Kamera erfolgreich, gibt es bald auch vereinfachte und billigere Versionen. So war es auch bei der XA. Die Form ist weitgehend unverändert, die Möglichkeiten aber geringer:.

Die XA: Ab ca. Die kleinen Schwestern: Ist eine Kamera erfolgreich, gibt es bald auch vereinfachte und billigere Versionen. Dieses Modell gibt es in mehreren Farbversionen, aber auch im vertrauten Schwarz. Nur in Schwarz erhältlich. Makro ist normalerweise etwas anderes. Dezember