I recently picked up an Olympus XA again, after a hiatus of two years or so. And during a week of using it and seing the first roll of my Olympus 35 RC developed, I realized that I feel priviliged to use the two best compact rangefinder cameras, hands down.
These first pictures were the first taken with new XA.
They were all taken in Gothenburg on a grey October day.
The camera has a 35 mm wide lens which I am very accustomed to use, since I had my old XA always with me for almost ten years. The wide angle invites the surrounding context into the picture narrative. A 50 mm lens would cover a more narrow field, allowing a more concentrated picture.
The Olympus RC that I've only begun to use has been a wonderful aquaintance. I like the focusing very much - it having a very short throw much like the XA. The best pictures from the first roll were also taken in very cloudy weather - even dusk.
The Olympus 35 RC camera has a 42 mm lens, which for me doesn't at all seem wide. It is a focal length that I've become very accustomed to, using it on my digital camera all the time.
The Minolta Hi-matic C camera sports a 40 mm lens, which is entirely within my comfort zone. Below are some recently developed pictures.
I like the Hi-matic C a lot. It looks cool with its minimalistic design and the green button above the lens, which is what you press when you want to collapse or pop the lens out.
Below are a couple of medium format pictures made with my Zenobia, which is a foldable bellows camera from the 1950s. It can only make 4,5x6 cm images on 120 film but as a photographer you are in full control of your exposures - except for focus accuracy. The film is Ilford HP4. By the way, all pictures taken with 35 mm film cameras is exposed on Fomapan 400 ASA.
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