Olympus Auto Eye
It's been a strange week. First, I dropped the Olympus XA onto the tile floor in the kitchen. Part of the body cracked and the meter no longer operates. Why couldn't I drop the XA2? Sure, it's an OK camera, but I really like the XA. Dunno if I can fix it.
Then I opened up the Rollei 35S and found more corrosion. This camera truly is 10 pounds of s@*t in a 5 pound sack, so I probably won't do anything more to it. I may send it off to a specialist, but there's no hurry on that.
Finally, the good news. These photos are out of the Olympus Auto Eye. It's the first roll of film from that camera, and I just have to say that I'm very happy with it. The lens is adequately sharp and it handles color well. These shots were from the local Trail Days carnival, and were taken early in the morning before the crowds arrived. She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed was peeved that I didn't take her to the fair and buy her some cotton candy. "But you can't have that much sugar!" I said. It didn't matter. I was still a putz.
This was cropped from a slightly larger photo. I liked how the light was just catching their noses while their bodies were still in the shade.
In all honesty, I like this camera very much too, partly because it doesn't require batteries. It seems very solid unlike some more modern rangefinders. But it is a bulky, heavy beastie. I was looking forward to carrying the XA unobtrusively in my cargo shorts. This Auto Eye is just too big for that. It would probably yank my shorts down around my ankles, making for an outstanding photo op for someone else!