After several years using Canon digital cameras, in 2008 I bought an Olympus XA on eBay. I felt in love immediately with this compact and beautiful camera. Returning to film photography was a great satisfaction that motivated me to make pictures everyday. But after two years and many rolls of film, I was seduced by Panasonic’s GF1 and the tiny 20mm 1.7. Having autofocus again felt really great!
This year during a trip to Costa Rica, a friend lend me his Olympus mju-II for a few shots. It was like going back to my old days with my XA but now with autofocus a compact flash and a spot mode that I found very useful. Of course when I returned home I bought one. I have shot several rolls by now, all color film. I enjoy doing portraits, especially because it’s so small and unobtrusive that people don’t take it very seriously, so using it with strangers or in the streets is not a problem. I read somewhere that the camera, if possible, uses the diaphragm wide open at 2.8, so usually I get a nice out of focus background in my pictures.
Definitively this is my all day carry around camera. Next week I will try it with some 1600 ASA film.
Francisco Varone is a film director and script writer from Buenos Aires, Argentina.