Originally Posted by ourmodern
That also crossed my mind. It's pretty apparent that someone did something, where the AE lock was there is a piece of leather inside to cover the hole. The seller did give me the opportunity for a full refund, and I am sort of still debating wither I should take that or the discount. For $230 Canadian is it worth having this Bessa that is in need of repair?
I'd send it back. It is repairable - I just got my R4A back from Japan after I found it had a similar problem of the flash constantly firing, but the repair cost A$125 and for a camera that cost just C$230 that's out of proportion!
It required the entire circuit board that operates the shutter to be replaced and the local distributor was not prepared to undertake such an unusual repair - so back to CV it went. Only took 3 weeks, but the camera cost me a lot more than $230 to start with!