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peot
02-13-2007, 12:49
Picked up a cheap XA today. New batteries in... The lightmeter works. When I put the little lever in the bottom at "check" the camera sounds. When I turn the lever to self timer it beeps and seems to work. But the shutter doesnīt fire when the self timer should activate it or when when I press the orange button. Easy fix or big problem? Whatīs your experience?

ferider
02-13-2007, 12:53
Picked up a cheap XA today. New batteries in... The lightmeter works. When I put the little lever in the bottom at "check" the camera sounds. When I turn the lever to self timer it beeps and seems to work. But the shutter doesnīt fire when the self timer should activate it or when when I press the orange button. Easy fix or big problem? Whatīs your experience?

Don't take me wrong on that: have you cocked the shutter ?

Roland.

Xmas
02-13-2007, 12:54
The slider has to be right over as well

Noel

peot
02-13-2007, 13:11
I have cocked the shutter and the slider is where itīs supposed to be.

Xmas
02-13-2007, 13:16
poet

Sorry my XA4 never gives any problems.

Noel

zuikologist
02-13-2007, 13:31
Peot - sometimes the cover/slider is not properly seated in its grooves or there might be dirt in the grooves.

peot
02-14-2007, 08:45
I will check for dirt. Thanks.

Trius
02-14-2007, 09:30
Peot: Is it a proper (SR44W or equivalent) fresh battery? If the battery check is positive (continuous beep), then it's likely not the battery, but it doesn't hurt to check with a new battery.

If none of these resolve the issue, you may need a tech to look into the problem.

peot
02-14-2007, 10:44
The battery check beeps once when I turn the lever to the battery check position. The only chance to get it it to beep again is to press the orange releasebutton...

shadowfox
02-14-2007, 11:02
Eh, just in case, is this your first time *ever* using an XA?

I remember the first time I got one I was so sure that I got a lemon because I've *never* heard a shutter click that is as muted as the XA (I was using digital or OM-2 at that time).

I find that if you open up the back (meaning the cover is covering the lens), you can test the shutter anytime after rotating the thumb wheel, of course. Another advantage doing it this way, is you can actually see if the shutter is moving at all.

oscroft
02-14-2007, 11:04
The battery check beeps once when I turn the lever to the battery check position.
It's supposed to beep continuously whenever the lever is turned to "check" - it sounds like your battery is nearly dead.

peot
02-14-2007, 11:39
Itīs working. New to Xa:s I didnīt notice that the little button at the bottom that you push to rewind the film was stuck. Once I got it out again the camera seems to work properly. Iīm nearly ashamed to let you know that I didnīt pay more then $9US for it.

Xmas
02-14-2007, 11:39
poet

Mine beeps cont even with flat batteries, and it will run on the cheap Ch 30 on a card for 1Ģ jobs. Your XA may need fresh AgOs, also clean the battery contacts with alcohol or zippo fluid, dont use anything abrasive.

Hey you may have a working camera.

Noel