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    XA rangefinder problem/question

    I have a XA rangefinder I'm borrowing (possibly buying) but I find the shutter speeds very very hard to read. I have excellent eye sight so it's not that. They just disappear on me when I'm not facing a very bright light. Is there supposed to be a backlight to illuminate them?

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    That's just how an XA is.
    Or, it's exactly how mine is too,so I suppose that's how they all are.
    As one has no direct control over shutter speed anyway, I don't find it a problem.

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    Ok just wanted to make sure something wasn't wrong.

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    I completely love mine.

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    Can't get my head around that even as a long-time (three-decade-plus) XA user with much less than 20/20 vision! It might be dirt partially obstructing the backlight window at the front of the camera.
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    What do you mean you "can't get your head round it"?
    Do you mean you haven't ever experienced this problem ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdeeh View Post
    What do you mean you "can't get your head round it"?
    Do you mean you haven't ever experienced this problem ?

    That's right, a) I have never experienced any such problem you describe, or anything remotely to do with visibility of the shutter speed line and I have owned around 5 XA cameras over three decades (the first in 1981) from perfect vision then to not-so-perfect vision now; and b) it's a quite robust little camera and I cannot think of anything that would knock the viewfinder out of alignment (other than a pretty serious drop). I have come inside from viewing my XA in bright sun; everything is still visible, so ... — ?
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    I use a couple, and this can happen. I have found you have to move your sight slightly left/right on occasion to make the display visible sometimes. Still love them as a pocketable, go anywhere camera.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    Ok.
    Well I can't speak for the OP, but I'm not suggesting the viewfinder is knocked out of alignment.
    In my case,I simply find the shutter speed scale difficult to see clearly without a bit of head-wiggling.
    I've read a few other people elsewhere mention a similar experience.
    Perhaps there is something wrong with the way I use my XA, after all I've only ever had one and that for only a year.

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    I had a Bessa R2a like that. If you just casually put your eye up to the viewfinder you could barely make out the speeds. But if you made sure your eye was perfectly centered, they were plainly visible. After a while you got used to where your eye should be and automatically put it in the right place. Great little camera by the way. Poor man's Leica M7. Sorta.

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