Just finished shooting my inaugural roll yesterday (hope to get it developed on the weekend). Except for the hair-trigger shutter, I love the feel of it! Rangefinder patch is not very contrasty, but I will try the trick of putting a coloured gel over it to see if that happens.
Nikon 35mm, Mamiya 645 & RB67, Leica IIIb, other bits and pieces
Sorry to hear
Does the meter still work?
Does the battery check make a beep?
I once had something happen where mine seized up, but the meter still worked, so I took the bottom plate off and it was that the film rewind button that got stuck under the bottom plate, after taking it off, it freed it up, but my meter still worked so if your issue is dissimilar I am not sure.
There is somewhere on Flikr a XA step by step guide to opening up
But I am not sure of your repair aptitude and leave that to you to decide if a XA tear down is warranted
Well my XA has died. Just stopped working. I replaced the batteries and still nothing.
Anyone got any ideas about where to start looking to diagnose the problem?
Most problems with these cameras are usually due to dirty battery contacts. Try cleaning them before looking elsewhere. It is possible to have a bad contact which can pass enough current to make the battery check buzzer sound o.k. but not enough to work the shutter properly.
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
The meter doesn't operate, the shutter doesn't operate and the battery check doesn't beep.
I'll check the terminals.
Actually, does the XA2 take the same batteries? I swapped the new ones into an XA2 to see if they worked and it did. But if it's the wrong batteries I'll be happy.
Thanks for the lead on the flickr guide. I will open it up, not sure if I'll go any further.