Recently, I dropped my briefcase containing my XA as I was checking into a hotel. The case was on top of my roller suitcase, so it only fell about two feet. But the XA was on the same side that slammed into the floor, and the weight of the files in the case made for a heavy landing.
Externally it looks fine. But internal damage has definitely occured: the batteries drain in less than a week now and the exposure control is all over the place. Sometimes, the shutter stays open indefinitely and the picture is ruined.
I have two questions: is the camera beyond economic repair or if not, can you recommend a good place to have it repaired please? I live in the UK.
Camera Clinic Turn Park Station Rd. Chester-le-Street Co Durham DH3 3DY. Tel 0191 388 7001
Luton Cameras Bristol 17 West Street Old Market Bristol, BS2 0DF. Tel 01179 550541
Luton Camera Repairs 49 Guildford St. Luton Beds LU1 2NJ. http://www.lutcamre.demon.co.uk Tel 01582 458323
H Lehmann and Son Ltd 247-249 London Road Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST4 5AA http://www.lehmannsdirect.co.uk Tel: 01782 413611 Fax: 01782 744579
If you are much cleverer than me, you could try a repair using the XA repair manual on the site, but with the problem you describe, it could be almost anywhere. Worth reading though as it may help pinpoint the problem but I doubt it.
This information is a few years old, so they may not be there now or do this sort of repair. You may have to start coming to terms with getting a new XA. Take a look on Ebay to get an idea of prices etc but always check by email with the seller that the camera is fully functional - the shutter works etc.