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Slovakia

As some of you know, I went to Bratislava in November 2017 because I had work in a exhibition there, so here’s the full story!

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Olympus XA2

This camera has served me well over the years, it’s tackled at least 4 festivals and more nights out that I care to remember. It’s ultra compact and easy to keep in a pocket or bag without any worry about space or weight. That being said, the camera has a metal body with some plastic components. This leads to a highly durable camera.

Olympus XA2

The Olympus XA2 is a 35mm point and shoot camera made in Japan by Olympus between 1980 and 1986. The XA 2 and in fact the whole XA line were designed by Yoshihisa Maitani , he was also credited with the creation of of some of the most prolific camera lines that Olympus ever made including the OM and Pen series cameras.

It is an automatic exposure camera, with scale focusing, very similar to the LOMO LC-A. This leads to a lighting fast camera that requires very little adjustments to the settings.

I’ve used the camera for all sorts of photographic work including three consecutive years at Download Festival. It’s compact and smooth design makes it easy to carry on day to day basis. It has a fantastic, high quality lens that creates beautiful images in any lighting situation. This camera is one that everyone needs in their collection, however the price of them is quite inflated as of this post being written. I was lucky to have mine handed down to me by my mother, but to buy one today you’re looking at paying at least £100 to get one in good condition. This camera is a classic as far as compact 35mm cameras go. If you get the camhance to use you, I guarantee you’ll instantly fall in love with it!

Fujica 35EE

This gem was something I’d never seen yet filled a gap in my collection I didn’t know I had. Since getting this camera, I’ve been obsessed with shooting rangefinder cameras. The best part is, the guy selling it just wanted to get rid of it. For £5 I got the camera, it’s original retail box + instructions AND it’s original shipping packaging in near mint condition for its age.

Fujica 35-EE

The Fujica 35-EE is a 35mm, Rangefinder camera. Manufactured by Fujica in the early 1960s
It uses a selenium cell light metering system and can operate in full manual or shutter priority mode. From an ergomonics standpoint, this is by far, the most unusual camera that I have ever used. The shutterspeed and aperture settings are on the lens barrel and the focus is set by a wheel on the back of the camera, adjusted by the users thumb.

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The camera has a 45mm f1.4 lens which makes for great shallow depth of field portraits and low light photography. as mentioned above, the camera does take some getting used to due to its unusual layout and as a result can be a little cumbersome. But that really shouldn’t put you off adding this camera to your collection if you get the chance. Cameras from this period often feature unusual designers or handling characteristics. They were all a part of experimentation with cameras at the time and some, like this are absolute gems!