A Camera’s Misadventure: The Olympus XA’s Unintended Flight To Melbourne

Somewhere in between taking shots on the Fuji Natura Classica, I had the use of an Olympus XA. We have two copies of the XA. One has an over-eager shutter release, and so is relegated to the back of a cupboard. The other has been to many places but interestingly, I did not know it was with me on the last flight out.

The clouds were very pretty in April's Melbourne

The clouds were very pretty in April’s Melbourne

We were moving, and I used one of our luggage bags to transport our film cameras. Stupidly, when I unloaded this bag, I missed out this little black soldier. It sat, solidly and resolutely, within a pocket in the luggage bag. Now this luggage bag is one we can hand-carry. But well, on this trip out, we checked it in! So imagine my heart ache when I found it while unpacking our clothes in Melbourne.

Hotel Lindrum, the scene of discovery

Hotel Lindrum, the scene of discovery

So I took it out, patted it a little, and made appropriate cooing noises. At a pile of metal. Okay. I was clearly not right in the head. So what next? I told it that I believed in it still and brought it out around Melbourne. I felt so bad actually! Of all things to neglect, a film camera!

Ffffffffrrrrbbbbrrrrrr.

Thankfully, as you can see from the photos in this post, the camera survived. Phew.

We were at Dead Man Espresso

We were at Dead Man Espresso

Vintage ware!

Vintage ware!

I just like this building

I just like this building

This camera was introduced to the world slightly before I was born and it really is one of my favourite cameras to use. I am so glad I hadn’t destroyed it.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi! I’m looking for an XA to play around with in Singapore. It’s going to be my first venture into film photography. I was wondering how much it would range to get one?

    Thanks!

    – Marcus Che

    • sarah sarah

      hi Marcus! We bought our XAs long ago and aren’t sure our idea of its price is still valid… haha, good luck with it on ebay!

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