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    xa broken :(

    Hey everyone. My xa wasn't working, so I thought the batteries had gone. I bought new ones and put them in, but it is still not working.
    I even tried cleaning the contacts. Any other fixes, or is my xa dead? I don't have any other point and shoots for this trip, my only working camera now is a leica with 15mm, so I can't use slides anymore(no light meter)
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    is the meter working, how about battery check function? Sometimes the winding interlock, or cover interlock contacts prevent the shutter from firing. I have an old xa2 that will sometimes only fire after jiggling the film advance a bit prior to pressing the shutter button.

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    still think it's a "professional" camera LOL. I had an XA2 that went TU on me, I took it all apart, and was unable to fix it. The problem with them is the internal circuitry, once it's gone it gone for good. Fortunately the XA's are cheap and plentiful. My advise, pick up a cheap light meter and use your Leica.
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    A very common problem on the XA is the shutter release button contact. If the battery check is working then that's a likely candidate.

    Taking off the release button and cleaning the contacts underneath is a (careful) DIY job.
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    Battery check isn't even working
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    Before opening the camera, or giving up on it, try yet other batteries.
    There's always a possibility that a battery is dead, even with 'fresh' ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    Battery check isn't even working
    It's most likely the battery contacts then. Dirty contacts amount to 99% of the problems with these cameras.


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    You can take slides without a light meter. Just get one of the exposure guides floating about on the internet or buy a Black-Cat guide.

    If you are only shooting at one ASA then a 3x5 index card will hold all the exposure information you will need in nice convenient form.
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    I tried cleaning the battery contacts as well. In addition, my eyes are generally more accurate than a exposure chart.
    I'll try using a dslr as a lightmeter for slide film.
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    The XA is fully automatic, so how will you know if the exposure is accurate when trying to use a DSLR as a light meter?

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