The technical stuff:
Camera type: Rangefinder
Lens Type: Zuiko 35mm f2.8
Shutter Type: Seiko
Aperture Priority Automatic exposure
The photographer's pocket camera, and that's a small pocket. Such a
miniscule camera and with manual controls for aperture, iso, rangefinder
focus and even a thumbwheel winder. Sadly this particular example is
missing it's shutter button but it does still work with a bit of a fiddle.
If the first roll lives up to expectation I may have it repaired.
Using a little ingenuity and some stiff card I have fabricated a
shutter button and it's now operational. In fact after it's first outing
it has become my digital substitute. I was getting ready to go out and
couldn't find a digi with live batteries so I whacked a roll of film in
the XA and took it with me instead. The only reasons I carry a digital is for convenience and to use as a
lightmeter but this fulfils both roles. That was a great decision and very
quickly showed me why these little gems are so sought after, I can't wait
to see the results of the first roll.
Well, the results are in and they are not quite as good
as anticipated but certainly good enough for the purpose intended. Having
said, this is the first roll and with practice it can only get better. It
is a bit prone to overexposure and you have to be careful to avoid getting
fingers in the way of the lens. One thing which is for certain is that it
is ready for instant pictures. Because the lens cover locks the shutter
it's safe to roll the film on to the next frame so all you need to do is
slide open the cover and you're ready to shoot. There's no waiting for the
lens to extend or circuits to warm up and no auto flash to disable just
point and shoot.