talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

olympus xa

Published 29 Oct 2015 – Updated 27 Jan 2017

tiny pocket 35mm rangefinder

This was my first rangefinder camera. I had read about rangefinder cameras online, and wanted to try them out. This is (was?) the cheapest model with decent reviews, so I found one (thanks eBay). I used the heck out of it for about four months. Then I realized the film had a tendency to shudder during exposure, making many of the photos too "artsy" (unusable) for my liking.

As fortune would have it, messing around with this camera caught the attention of a friend, who said "Oh, you like old rangefinders? My father has some Leica M3s gathering dust in his garage I'm sure he'd sell you." So not only was my XA breaking, it was also outclassed. And thus, it exited.

Here are my favorite photos shot using this camera.

BART, April 2013 Alviso, May 2013, using Neopan 400 film San Jose Convention Center, May 2013, using Ilford PanF+ film Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, July 2013, using Ilford PanF+ film Sunnyvale, July 2013, using Ilford PanF+ film Los Angeles Convention Center, July 2013, using Ilford PanF+ film San Juan, August 2013, using Superia film

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".