XPan II rangefinder problem
I am a Leica user and found a new Xpan II at the local store recently, which was the last one in that store.
I put 45mm and tried to focus, but the range finder patch didn't move except near infinity. Salesperson spent a few minutes and fixed the problem. I asked him how he fixed it, and he said he touched the range finder coupling (small round metal piece) on the top inside of lens mount of the camera.
I have thought about having a second camera with my MP and thought XPan is a good choice, but felt a little bit uncomfortable with the stablity of the range finder of the camera. I have used my Leica MP for 3 years, but I have never had a problem with the range finder. It comes with one year US warrenty, but what if the range finder doesn't work after the warrenty is expired?
These days it's getting harder to find a new XPan II and I need your advice. Is it a good idea to buy a discontinued model by the way? If I pass Xpan, I may go for M8.
Question on photo stitching for XPan images:
Could it be possible that some Xpan images are not stitchable?
Someone mentioned that he was not able to stitch Xpan images sometimes and bought a flatbed scanner that I hate to use and don't have any more.
I like to utilize my MK 5400 for scanning XPan photos.