OLYMPUS XA1 REVIEW AND SAMPLES
Olympus Capsule Cameras
The Olympus Capsule camera series is best known for the Olympus XA which came with signature red membrane touch shutter and a semi-automatic aperture preferred shutter system. It was one of the most compact 35mm rangefinders on the market then. Success breeds success, the capsule series was expanded to incorporate the XA2, a viewfinder with zone focusing; the XA3, upgraded XA2 with DX decoding; the XA4 with macro capabilities; and then there was the XA1.
The only film speed settings are ASA 100 and ASA 400. Like the rest of the series, the camera only uses a proprietary XA series flash units. The XA1 was sold with the A9M flash unit as a package but will also work with the A11 or A16.
Using The Camera
The compact clamshell design is ideal sliding in and out of your pocket and is just as handy to hold snug in the palm of your hand. Slide the clamshell open to uncover the lens, which also activates the camera’s selenium metering, and you are ready to go. While some moans at the lack of the red membrane touch shutter, as the rest of the series has them, the shutter of the X1 is mechanical, does not get stuck, and you know what, the XA1 is the only model in the series that you can do exposure lock with.
Exposure Lock Trick
How to Use Almost Any 35mm Film Camera - wikiHow
Use this link here if you are new to film cameras and wants to know how to load, shoot, rewind and unload the film cassette from the camera once you finished shooting the whole roll.
Olympus XA1 Instruction - 35mm-compact.com
Use this link if you are looking for the XA1 instruction, the pages are scanned individually. This is the only site I found on the internet so far, the download is free.
Olympus XA1: Shooting Hipster Style Olympus XA Capsule Cameras, 1979-1985