Tag: Olympus XA


I do like reflections. Both images taken using my Olympus XA 35mm rangefinder camera, on Bergger BRF 400+ film (gifted from my photographer friend Bill Smith)

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Olympus XA street018

4×5 at the Rail Bridge

Last weekend I got together with friends Sean and Ori for some large format shooting at the unused rail bridge in the lower Don Valley in Toronto. I was shooting my Speed Graphic 4×5, with a 127mm/4.7 Kodak Ektar lens, using Fomapan 100 film.

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Rail bridge 4x5_003

Here’s a image of my friend Sean, setting up an shot with his 4×5 view camera, taken with my Olympus XA 35mm.


And finally a shot of me! (Image taken by Sean Patenaude with his Nikon, used with permission)

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In 1976, when my father let me use my first “good” camera (his Voigtlander Vito B) he sent me to the store to buy film, with the instructions “Ask for Plus-X”. Decades later, here is an image from a test roll of Plus-X I shot yesterday — expired since about 1983, but still perfectly usable!

Fire Station #17


Olympus XA, 35mm Olympus lens
Plus-X, developed in Xtol 1+1 for 7.5 minutes

Being Nimble

Today’s image is from my first model-related shoot using something other than medium/large format, or digital. This shoot, taken outside Massey Hall in downtown Toronto, was done with two 35mm cameras. The shot below was taken with an Olympus XA, one of the smallest full frame 35mm cameras ever made. Except for a hair-trigger shutter release, this camera is a joy to use. I’ll feature an image taken with the other 35mm camera in a future post.

Sarah Silver

(Olympus XA 35mm rangefinder camera, Ilford Delta 400 film developed in HC-110 dilution B for 7.5 minutes, post production using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2)