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  1. Can I use very high speed file in my XA?
  2. Why do you suggest Fuji film - what\'s wrong with Kodak?
  3. I have just bought an XA-2 (Today) Unused as yet and before I have had an opportunity to try things out. Is the meter accurate enough to deliver consistent results with transparency film? OK, assuming it is not reading all sky or something else which wil
  4. Why do you say that ISO 25-1600 films can be used? My XA and XA-2 only goes to ISO 800. Are you thinking of the +1.5 exposure compensation? Or have I missed something? Great site, by the way! Makes me want to go out with my XA again.
  5. Good evening, Sir I suppose the film transport of my XA is not working correctly, as the distance between the single shots on the film stripe vary from 1mm to 4mm. What can I do, please?
  6. Wow, a great website and i guess "i need one and i need it now". My question about film: the fuji-film you recommend, is this a colour-negative or colour-slide-film? Is the xa able to make the right exposure for an sensitive colur-slide-film? Thank you very much, Gerhard Reider
  7. I just purchased an XA-2, and hope it will be a good alternative to my OM2. I like the Ilford XP2 film very much, but isn´t there a risk that Ilford will stop manufacturing it? As for color film, I will give Fuji Reala 100 a try.



  1. Can I use very high speed file in my XA?
    Look at the speed range against each camera - 1600 is the fastest. You can use faster films but they will overexpose if there is enough light to get an exposure within the shutter / aperture range ie. 10 seconds at 2.8.
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  2. Why do you suggest Fuji film - what\'s wrong with Kodak?
    This is your decision but as an ex professional photographer who grew up with Kodak, I am now sure that Fuji have the edge. They seem to be able to get vibrant and subtle colours on the same film whereas Kodak need 2 film types for this. Kodak also allow their name to be used by any old third rate lab - something they will live to regret. Their own labs in the UK are also amongst the worst. Kodak movie film by contrast is excellent - so perhaps that is where they see their future.
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  3. I have just bought an XA-2 (Today) Unused as yet and before I have had an opportunity to try things out. Is the meter accurate enough to deliver consistent results with transparency film? OK, assuming it is not reading all sky or something else which wil
    Congratulations on getting an XA2 - I just know you'll love it. The meter is pretty damned good but it is not through-the-lens (and it will not be as accurate as an incident meter such as the Weston (www.westonmeter.org.uk)). Personally I don't ever use transparency film now, but it's latitude has improved over the last few years. I've never had a badly exposed negative on either of my XA2s and they have been all round the world in all sorts of light. I think you'll be absolutely fine but I would test it before you start shooting for real to set your mind at rest.
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  4. Why do you say that ISO 25-1600 films can be used? My XA and XA-2 only goes to ISO 800. Are you thinking of the +1.5 exposure compensation? Or have I missed something? Great site, by the way! Makes me want to go out with my XA again.
    You are right - a bit of a booboo! I'll change the info on the site asap.
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  5. Good evening, Sir I suppose the film transport of my XA is not working correctly, as the distance between the single shots on the film stripe vary from 1mm to 4mm. What can I do, please?
    This sounds like a fault with the internal mechanism and is probably beyond what you or I could fix. A local camera mechanic might be able to give you the cost of a repair. Alternatively a new XA could be bought for around 50 euros on ebay.
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  6. Wow, a great website and i guess "i need one and i need it now". My question about film: the fuji-film you recommend, is this a colour-negative or colour-slide-film? Is the xa able to make the right exposure for an sensitive colur-slide-film? Thank you very much, Gerhard Reider
    Hi Gerhard. The Fuji film I recomend is Fujicolor Superia 200. The 400 gives a bit more speed for low-light conditions, but looses some of the lovely colour saturation of the 200. The 100 gives slightly better colour than the 200 and you could try it in good light conditions but personally I find the 200 a good compromise. Of course good quality printing is essential and you need to make sure that the lab are using a good digital set-up. The Fuji digital minilabs such as the Frontier 370 provide superb print quality - it's worth asking whoever you use what equipment they are using - lots of labs still use poor quality equipment which results in muddy prints..
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  7. I just purchased an XA-2, and hope it will be a good alternative to my OM2. I like the Ilford XP2 film very much, but isn´t there a risk that Ilford will stop manufacturing it? As for color film, I will give Fuji Reala 100 a try.
    XP2 is still available and if you like the results, it is a fine film. Some photographers prefer the more grainy appearance of Kodak films - but they have just announced they are stopping production. Tri X is dead - long live Tri X. Ilford HP5 is a good alternative to Tri X - it giver a more grainy appaerance than XP2. Reala is glorious! Remember - everything looks worse in black and white (Simon and Garfunkle) and true!!!
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