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Manufactured in Japon from 1979 until 1984.
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Olympus XA

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

The XA was available in France in December 1979.
Its principal characteristics were (according to Phot' Argus n°98):

  • Rangefinder camera with superposition coupled, with electronic central shutter
  • Lens Zuiko F/2,8 of 35 mm with 6 lenses in five groups with internal focusing
  • Minimal focusing
    distance is : 0,85 m
  • Luminous framework finder magnifying X 0,56 with shutter speeds indication and signal of over-exposure
  • Automatic exposure Measure with priority to the aperture
  • Limits of coupling: from F/2,8 to 10 S (long exposure) with F/22 to the 1/500 S
  • Voluntary correction of the exposure for back-light (+ 1,5 D)
  • Range of sensitivity: 25-800 ASA
  • Alimentation: 2 x 1,5 v batteries with silver oxide, standard UCAR EPX 76 or equivalent
  • Built-in electronic retarder (12 S), with luminous witness (twinkling LED) and sound (ceramic vibrator)