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Olympus XA2 - 1980
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• Ultra-compact full-frame 35mm clamshell camera

• $160 in 1981 ($384 in 2010 dollars)

The XA was a pocketable rangefinder; the XA2 was a cheaper, zone-focusing follow-on.

After having it for a year or so I finally shot with my XA2 in July 2011 and the results were great. Only a couple were out of focus; there are only three focus settings, and I must have guessed wrong. It's all automatic, and you're not even told what the shutter speed and aperture are, which is just as well, since you can't change them.

I have an XA on the way and expect I'll like it even better. (Update: I do. It's now in this app, too.)

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Olympus XA2 brochureRailroad Crossing, Niwot Colorado (taken with Olympus XA2 on Fujicolor Super HQ 200)Gate, Niwot Colorado (taken with Olympus XA2 on Fujicolor Super HQ 200)

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