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    I think you are correct re: light seals. I would open mine to verify, but there's a roll of TMax 100 in it right now.
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    John Hermanson the Olympus guru on the "rangefinder Forum" states that there is a flexilble circuit with a small ceramic circuit on the rear of the shutter. If this cracks the self timer will always be on.
    I also replaced the seals on my XA2 using John Goodman (interslice on ebay) kit. Easy to do and John give excellent directions. Good value, after the XA2, I sealed an OM 2n and an OM PC and still have material left!
    Last edited by Robint; 02-13-2009 at 11:40 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Additional info.

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    I was very disappointed with the lens on the two I had: not very sharp and very prone to flare. The lens was a telephoto design to keep the camera thin and preclude the need for a pop-out lens. I think the lens' 6-element/5-group complexity, use of high refraction glasses and requirement for very tight tolerances are the cause for the flare problem and large sample-to-sample variation in optical performance. Wide open the lens is a bit of a dog. My problem with the self timer was the little ST/backlight tab broke off.

    I was, and still am, very happy with the lens performance on the Yashica T4 Super/T5.

    My current carry-around is a Nikon 35ti, but it is a bit of brick.

    The XA's strong points were its pocketability and its manual RF focusing. The clamshell design was lovely. Now if they put a Zeiss Tessar lens on it (I don't care if the lens extends), clothed it in titanium and had Nikon design it's innards to F-series standards...
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    I've always found the XA to be sharp. On the rare occasions I stopped down to f22 there was vignetting. As intended, a great pocketable snapshot camera.

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    You might want to go to rangefinderforum. 2 were just listed there today 2/13/09

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    Common XA problems: always jammed in self timer AND 10 second exposures, no matter what f stop you are set to. Both caused by cracked circuit board (often caused by impact damage). By now, all XAs will probably have bad light seals. John, www.zuiko.com

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    Hello Ken, I bought a rather beaten-up XA some years ago. It still works fine but I had the replace the seals in the inside of the camera door.
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    Oh, well. So the XA does have seals. I told you it's been awhile.

    I did very much enjoy having the XA. It had a decent lens and was full-featured enough to be usable.
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    I bought a used XA with flash from a camera store in the late 1980's. I really love the camera. It does tend to eat batteries, and it is battery-dependent. The flash died several years ago in that I couldn't get it to stay in the retracted position. The top broke off. I keep the flash attached to use as a small grip to help steady the camera. It has a fine lens.

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    The XA I bought in the 80's needs seals also the sliding door is starting to get arthritis(just like me) This camera has lived a long and full life-backpacking in the Rockies, trecking in Nepal , uncounted fishing trips, skiing every year for 20 years. My wifes XAII has other problems. I still love both, but I guess its time to either spend money on them, or sell them cheap to someone who will care for them.

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