How can I get other flashguns to work with XA
You can't really. You can use a more powerfull gun with a slave attachment and tell XA you have 400 film when you really have 100 - that'll give a nice fill-in effect. Otherwise you'll just have to use available light like me and see how much better it is!
Can I use an A9 flash gun (XA1) on an XA2?
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Yes, you can. They are the same fitting as the A11 unit. The A9 was a cut-down version especially for the XA1 and it doesn't let you select film speed.
My A-11 flash stopped working for no apparent reason? Anyone else had any troubles?
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The A-11 is normally very reliable. I'm asssuming the mechanics work but it doesn't charge up. It's worth checking the battery contacts - they can easily get a bit corroded and could then be cleaned up. Unlikely you could repair it internally, so I suggest you could pick up a new flash on ebay.
First: compliments on your excellent site which drew me to the XA's first. I've recently acquired a XA3 for Euro 10. Working fine. Just the flash lever does not move all the way to the left, does this only work with a flash attached? I have not got a flashgun yet so can't try it out. I do prefer available light but do want a flash on the site for the occasional snap-hot's.
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The flash lever only moves when a flash is attached. Glad that, like me, you prefer not to use flash. Thanks for the nice words about my site. Martin.
I have an XA and A11 flash. When the flash is attached I cannot set the aperture slider to the flash setting. The flash itself works (ie will charge when its two contacts are linked) but there seems to be a mechanical (?) interlock - which stops the flash setting being selected when the flash is not attached - which is not operating. Any suggestions?
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There is a little pin at the top of the flash that engages with a hole right at the top of the camera side - above the flash contacts. Try sticking something into the hole - around the edge not the shiny pin. You should then be able to put the aperture to flash. This should pinpoint the problem. If this works, perhaps the pin on the flash is broken - another flash would prove it. Otherwise, if the pin isn't long enough, try improvising by bonding something onto the top to extend it.
failing all that, try not using flash!!!
Here's some info to add to the flash section:
I've had an A1L for many years...maybe 20. It's great, much better than the flash that came with the camera. Anyone with soldering skills, patience, and jeweler's screwdrivers can replace the A1L's Lithium battery. I've done it a couple of times. It lasts for years, but does eventually need to be replaced. The back of the flash shows 14 ft. (4.4 m) max for ASA 400 & 7 ft. (2.2 m) max for ASA 100 film. I bought my XA when they first came out in the '80s and have been using it ever since. It's a great camera, although I find it difficult to focus. Much of the time I just scale focus it.
New Hartford, Ct.
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Thanks for the tip Neil. I'll add it to the site.
hi, I own both XA1 and XA2 cameras. does anyone know the exact focusing distances of these cameras? the reason i ask is, when i shoot indoors using flash, the depth of field(at f4) is shallow, so i want to get the sharpest pictures possible. the manuals only give a range of focusing distance only. thanks.
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Sorry Philip - this is one I don't know the answer to. perhaps a visitor will.
what flash is possible to connect in xa1?
I have understood that A9M and A11 would be my options.
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You can use the A11 - the normal flash for the XA. Or, for a bit more oomph, the A16 should work fine although I don't have one to test. It certainly works on the XA, The a9M is the old version of the A11 without the automatic function. It will work but because it will always give out it's full power, using it closer that the maximum range will over-expose. A11's are cheap as chips, so I suggest that's the one to go for. (Sorry for the delay in replying to this)
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