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Friday 13 January 2012: Olympus XA & A11

Many years ago when I was a student a friend had an Olympus XA2 camera and A11 flash gun. I always thought it was rather snazzy and better looking than my Olympus Trip 35. Later, I bought my mother one from a second hand shop for £40 boxed and with A11 flash gun.

Several years later I found this XA in a friend's fruit bowl in their kitchen. They had just moved house and everything was not quite where it should be. He didn't use the camera more having moved on to fancy auto-focus by then and he gave me the XA.

A manual range finder 35mm camera is a bit of a throw back in these days of auto-everything, all digital cameras, but I like it and it's fun.

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