How to Use a Olympus XA2 35mm Film Camera

How to Use a Olympus XA2 35mm Film Camera


The Olympus XA2 is a fully automatic compact
35mm film camera. The XA2 is very easy to use and can easily
fit in your pocket or a small bag. It’s a great camera for someone who wants
to get into film photography but hasn’t learned about how to shoot a photo in manual
yet. This camera is often compared to it’s more
advanced counterpart, the Olympus XA. Both the Olympus XA and XA2 are about the
same size, both take 35mm film, and they have similar controls. They are also both compatible with the A11
flash that you can attach to the side to add light to a scene. The XA2 has a lens with the same focal length,
or zoom level, of the XA, which is 35mm. The main difference between the two lenses
is that the lens on the XA2 has a maximum f-stop of f/3.5, which lets in less light
than the lens on the XA which has a max f-stop of f/2.8. The XA2 has only zone focusing, which limits
you to focusing at three specific distances, unlike the XA which has a rangefinder focus,
allowing you to focus at the exact distance you want. The XA2 has a shutter speed range of about
1/750th of a second to 2 full seconds, while the XA maxes out at 1/500th of a second. The only indicator of what shutter speed is
being used on the XA2 is when this green LED lights up in the viewfinder, meaning the shutter
speed is 1/30th of a second or slower. The Olympus XA2 takes two LR44 button batteries
that are loaded into the bottom of the camera like this. You can check to see if the batteries in your
camera have enough power by moving the lever on the bottom of the camera to “Battery
Check”. If the batteries are good then the camera
will emit a steady tone and illuminate the red LED on the front. You can load the film by first lifting up
on the film rewind knob in order to open the back of the camera. Load the film cartridge into the left side
of the camera and move the rewind knob back down in order to hold the cartridge in place. Next, take the film tab and slide it into
one of the slots in the take up spool on the right side of the camera. Make sure the sprocket holes are aligned with
the gear on the bottom and turn the film advance wheel. If the wheel is not moving, you can slide
open the camera and push the shutter button, then advance
the film. If you’re having trouble advancing it forward, then put pressure on the film by the sprocket gear. Once the film is loaded, close the back of
the camera until you hear it click. Slide open the camera and push the shutter
button a few times until your shot counter reads “1”. The counter on my camera is broken so its
not moving, so when I load film I just advance the film once or twice then start taking photos. Make sure to change the ISO switch on the
front of the camera to the ISO of the film you have loaded. You can also change it to something different
if you want to push or pull your film. Sliding the camera open is what turns it on. The only things you really need to worry about
when taking a photo with this camera is composing the shot in the viewfinder and which setting
to put the focus on. Since the camera uses zone focusing, you only
have three options for what distance to put the focus. It is extremely important that you memorize
these distances and what those distances look like in real life. In my personal experience I’ve found it
very easy to miss focus with this camera if you’re not paying attention. The Olympus XA2 is designed so that every
time you close the camera it resets the zone focusing to the middle setting showing the
symbol of two people standing. You can also see that this setting is colored
orange. This indicates that Olympus thinks this is
a good general setting good for most photos in most situations and you can see these orange
indicators used on the XA model as well. This focus setting is good for subjects that
are 4.5 feet or further in front of the camera. It’s likely that most of the shots you take
with this camera will use this focus setting. If your subject is closer than 4.5 feet then
you need to use the focus setting with the symbol of two people’s head and shoulders. This setting will allow you to keep things
in focus as close as about 3 feet from the camera. Anything closer will always be out of focus. If you know you will be shooting a photo of
a landscape, or anything further away than about 9 feet, then you need to use the focus
setting with the symbol of a mountain. The truth is that you need to shoot a few
rolls through this camera and get them developed in order to get a good feel for what focus
setting to use when. You can take a picture by pressing the shutter
button when the camera’s dust cover is slid open. The shutter button is very sensitive and the
shutter itself is very quiet, making the XA2 an excellent camera for more stealthy shots. It’s also pretty easy to operate the camera
with only one hand. Make sure not to press on the shutter button
too hard as this can damage it. Once you take a photo you can both advance
the film and prime the shutter by turning the film advance wheel. When shooting with the Olympus XA2, you want
to make sure not to block the lens or the light meter with our fingers, which can be
very easy to do as the viewfinder is seperate from the lens and it’s a very small camera. The Olympus XA2 also has a 10 second timer
function which can be turned on by flipping the switch on the bottom. Now when you push the shutter button the camera
will count down for ten seconds, getting higher pitched right before taking the photo. To use a flash, first attach it to the side
of the camera using the screw mount. Make sure to only use either the 100 or 400
setting on the flash, but not the “Full” setting as that will only work properly with
the XA model. 400 will give you the lowest power; a touch of light. If you’re not sure what to do just match the setting to the ISO of your film. You can turn the flash on by moving the flash
lever at the bottom front of the camera. The flash indicator will pop up and glow orange
when the flash capacitor is charged and ready to fire.You will also see the flash symbol
appear in the viewfinder. To turn the flash off simply push down on
the flash indicator. Even though the Olympus XA2 seems limited
in how much control you can have over the camera, there are some ways you can expand
what the camera can do. The first is to use the ISO control while
shooting to change the shutter speed of the camera to make it faster or slower. For example if you are shooting with a 100
ISO film, but know you want the fastest shutter speed possible, you can change the ISO control
to 800. This will underexpose the photo, but it will
help to freeze movement better. You can also decrease the ISO control setting
in order to overexpose the current photo you are taking. Either way, just remember to set the ISO control
back to normal when you’re done. The XA2 also has the capability to shoot in
bulb mode, meaning the shutter door can stay open for as long as you like for long exposures. The camera was not specifically designed to
do this, so the method is a little weird. In order to get the shutter to stay open continuously,
you first have to fire the shutter, then quickly move the lever on the bottom of the camera
into the battery testing position. some ways you can make the camera do it’s (minimum) shutter speed are things like lowering the ISO all the way down to 25. Or putting your finger or a piece of tape over the light sensor. while you activate the shutter. This will keep the shutter open until you
move the lever back into place, as well as emit a loud annoying tone the entire time. It’s not exactly easy, but it works. You’ll be able to tell that you’ve reached
the end of a roll of film by both the counter reading as well as an increased resistance
to advancing the film. Make sure to pay attention to what frame you’re
on and don’t put too much force on the film advance wheel as this can cause the film to
rip or the camera to be damaged. You can rewind the film by first pushing the
rewind button on the bottom of the camera, then flip up and turn the rewind knob to get
the film back into its canister. Once you’ve felt that the film is all the way rewound back into it’s container, Then lift up the knob to open the camera and
take the film out. If you have any questions about how to use
the Olympus XA2 please let me know in the comments down below. If you liked this video please leave a like
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2 Comments

  • MisterTracks

    February 24, 2020

    lovely video

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    February 24, 2020

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