I recently acquired a very nice, clean XA and A16 flash. They were
in working order, but they have developed some unfortunate problems.
I'd appreciate any advice you can give.
First, the flash: It got a little bit damp while I was out in the mini ice storm we had last weekend, and not realising this, I turned it on. It now makes a ferocious snap! sound at regular intervals, indicating that a capacitor is shorting out. Anyone here have any experience disassembling these things? Any advice, besides "don't lick capacitors"?
Second, the XA: This may or may not be related to too much moisture, but I noticed that the aperture blades don't close down automatically when selecting a smaller aperture. If I run the aperture selector from f4 to f22, the blades stop at f5.6 or f8, and I have to gently shake the camera, or tap it against my hand, to get the blades to move. Is this a common problem, and it is easy to fix?