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