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  1. How can I get my XA repaired?
  2. How do I fix the cover interlock switch on an XA? The problem prevents the shutter from firing.
  3. The black foam that provides the light-tight seal between the door and the body of my XA has gone all gooey. Help!!!!
  4. The XA's working great but the needle in the viewerfinder stays near the base very very still... despite the shutter firing from 4 to 1/500. Now I won't know if the exposure is going to be over. Any advice to fix the needle? Thanks a million
  5. I have just bought my 1st XA (ebay). Bought my 1st XA-3 less than a month ago. (Both are unbelievable). I know there is a US supplier of foam seals but has a UK supplier emerged recently?
  6. Where can I read a manufacturer's manual on he Olympus camera XA2 which would have come with the original purchase.
  7. I have some problems rewinding the film in my xa. Turning the film winder is realy hard and sometimes crushes the perforation at the end of the film. The problem seems to be the film take-up spool which stays only to move with force after pressing the
  8. Hi, how can I remove the back of my XA2? There are a lot of scratches on it and I would like to paint it.
  9. Hello. My XA has a got a nasty habit. The timer function is active even when not selected. What is the most probable cause for this misbehavior??? Regards Niels
  10. hi everybody! I just bought a xa from e-bay.First film I shot was excellent but after 2-3 films I noticed that the lightmeter gives -3 stops than normal (overexposes).I also noticed that the new(?) cell that came with it, was a 3v lithium. Is it possible
  11. I think I have some moistness on the viewfinder of my XA camera. How can I clean it? Is it a good idea to use a hair dryer?
  12. Thanks for your help with my stuck shutter speed needle. I banged the camera against a few things, and eventually started playing with taking off the base plate. Something worked, because the needle has reappeared. I am having trouble focussing the camera. There is not much contrast in the rangefinder patch, and I wonder if a cleaning would help. Do you have any suggestions about opening up the camera and swabbing those parts? I love my camera more and more every day, but would like a little more accuracy in the focussing, especially in low light....
  13. Hi, my XA cant wind film properly, it takes it when i load (the take-up spool works), but if i close the camera, the film won't move. Also the sprocket teeth wheel is loose and not moving when i wind up, and the release button on the bottom is all the way in and won't engage when i shut the door or install new film, ever encountered this problem? thank you
  14. Recently aquired an XA2.Altough meter works perfectly shutter dooes not release and winder carries on winding and does not lock.Can I repair this fault?
  15. Once again I've returned to your inspiring site. Got a question for which I found no reference on the site so far. The father of a friend of my son very kindly gave me his old XA2 and A11 flash. Although the camera functions fine as far as I can tell sofar, the sliding door does not lock left or right. In other words it's loose. Any suggestions what might cause this? If you have any comments on this I would very much welcome them before I start taking it apart. Thanks an keep up the good work, kind regards, Joan Könings, The Netherlands
  16. I have both xa and xa2 and they are great. Xa2 is my favourite all-around camera but I have noticed that its red firing button is kinda loose and as a result the shutter doesn't fire as spontaneously as xa's. In fact, sometimes I have to press it 2 or 3 times to fire. Do you think it will be easy to fix it myself? The camera have costed me only 25$ but it is a pity to stop using it. Its lens and overall condition is brilliant. By the way, your site is great!!
  17. Hi, My XA work only in self timer mode. There is anybody who know if I can bypass this self timer mode (or make a repair)on my XA ? Thanks Claude
  18. I recently got hold of an XA with A11 flash quite cheaply. Camera and flash appear to be in fine operating condition (shutter, meter, RF operation, seals etc.), although the camera's finish says it's been "around the block" more than a few times. The only problem seems to be a simple - and likely common - one: the lens cover doesn't lock in either open or closed position. Since removing the cover is a fiarly straightforward matter (done carefully, of course), I did so, and, of course, discovered the metal ball which sits on the inset spring-steel piece was missing. Obviously, finding a ball-bearing of the corect size would make this a quick and proper fix...but what size b-b is "proper"?
  19. i have an XA-2 camera. my problem is that when i turn the film winder it just keeps turning and clicking. the picture counter keeps advancing with every click, but it never seems to catch. please let me know if there is anything i can do about this. thank you.



  1. How can I get my XA repaired?
    Have a look in R Lee Hawkins FAQ (link from the FAQ page here). In the UK try Colchester Cameras 2 Barrack Street Colchester Essex CO1 2LJ Tel: 01206 790009 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. Tel 01582 458323 You can also search the web - there are a few camera mechanics who offer tips - like how to fix an iffy shutter release - this is the most irritating fault they develop - you sometimes have to press the shutter a second time by which time ..... Otherwise, just try good camera repairers. Might also be worth getting a spare!
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  2. How do I fix the cover interlock switch on an XA? The problem prevents the shutter from firing.
    Thanks to Simon sje@lrc.ruralwales.org and the Olympus FAX from R.Lee Hawkins. Actually repairing the shutter release problem is fairly easy and within the abilities of most people who are reasonably handy. The problem is usually caused by the cover interlock switch. This switch keeps you from firing the camera when the cover is closed and is somewhat subject to getting dirty contacts from dust. If I remember right the switch is under the cover on the top right (as you look at the front of the camera) and is accessed by removing the bottom plate and then removing the sliding cover. Be sure not to loose the little ball bearing the cover rides on. I always recommend working over (or in) a dish to catch the little parts you drop. Only tool needed is a good "0" or "00" phillips screwdriver and maybe some tweezers. You'll see the switch when you remove the cover. I think it may be necessary to remove the top to clean the contacts, it comes off with a couple of screws, and the rewind crank plus I think the release button must be pried off (it's just glued on). All this is somewhat intimidating, the actual repair is not all that bad...
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  3. The black foam that provides the light-tight seal between the door and the body of my XA has gone all gooey. Help!!!!
    You are in luck. Dave Thomes does a replacement foam kit. Email him directly or buy from Ebay. (He's US based). dthomas@clake.org
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  4. The XA's working great but the needle in the viewerfinder stays near the base very very still... despite the shutter firing from 4 to 1/500. Now I won't know if the exposure is going to be over. Any advice to fix the needle? Thanks a million
    The XA has two separate meter cells - one powers the needle and the other the shutter (don't ask me why though!!!). Looks like yours has failed the "right" way - your shutter should be fine but the needle will be dead so you will not know what speed it is using. In normal light that's not a big deal. Repairs to the XA are possible - the R.Lee Hawkins FAQ link on the FAQ area will list some repairers in the USA - I'd make sure you get a firm estimate though! Parts for the XA are in very limited supply though. You may do better to bite the bullit and get a new one - ebay is a good source. Regards Martin.
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  5. I have just bought my 1st XA (ebay). Bought my 1st XA-3 less than a month ago. (Both are unbelievable). I know there is a US supplier of foam seals but has a UK supplier emerged recently?
    Not heard of a UK based supplier but I hear the US guy is fine. As the postage on a couple of foam seals is hardly anything, I'd get them from him dthomas@clake.org via Ebay if you like. It's called a revitalising kit. Enjoy getting the old gungy ones out!
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  6. Where can I read a manufacturer's manual on he Olympus camera XA2 which would have come with the original purchase.
    The manual that came with the camera will be on the website soon after Christmas. I think that there is a workshop manual available from a website somewhere - I'm sure Google woild find it!
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  7. I have some problems rewinding the film in my xa. Turning the film winder is realy hard and sometimes crushes the perforation at the end of the film. The problem seems to be the film take-up spool which stays only to move with force after pressing the
    Make sure you are loading the film correctly on the take-up spool - check the instruction manual - there is a copy downloadable on this website. It may be that the little button you press to allow you to rewind is not staying in - try holding it in when you rewind the film (may need more than one person to do all this!!!). Let us know the results.
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  8. Hi, how can I remove the back of my XA2? There are a lot of scratches on it and I would like to paint it.
    To get the back off, you'll need to remove the baseplate - there are screws there you'll need to remove. However ..... it'll be difficult to match the original finish which is rather special in terms of look and feel but less than scratch resistant. My own XAs have nearly all get big scratches on th back. I look at that as a kind of trophy. It shows they have been well used and could speak volumes about the places they have been. Pure collectors would want A1 condition and not a respray whereas buyers will be happy to know your XA has been around a bit - as long as it works of course.
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  9. Hello. My XA has a got a nasty habit. The timer function is active even when not selected. What is the most probable cause for this misbehavior??? Regards Niels
    Sounds like a faulty switch or perhaps a fault with the circuitry. If you are very handy with small tools you could try checking out the switch by removing the base. I'm not familiar with the switch mechanism but it should make contact when the switch is set to self-time and break contact at any other setting. If it is the circuitry then there is not a lot you can do.
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  10. hi everybody! I just bought a xa from e-bay.First film I shot was excellent but after 2-3 films I noticed that the lightmeter gives -3 stops than normal (overexposes).I also noticed that the new(?) cell that came with it, was a 3v lithium. Is it possible
    Hi. The XA actually uses two separate light detectors - one for the exposure settings and one for the meter needle you see in the viewfinder. So the good news is that the actual exposure may be OK. The XA should be powered by SR44 cells - any other type can cause incorrect exposure readings which can be disguised bu the very wide latitude of modern films. Suggest you put SR44s in. Then put the camera in a room where the needle indicated a 1 second exposure. Then release the shutter - you'll be able to hear if it is actually giving 1 second. If the fault is with the meter needle cell alone, either live with it or get a quote for a repair but it will be costly I'm afraid.
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  11. I think I have some moistness on the viewfinder of my XA camera. How can I clean it? Is it a good idea to use a hair dryer?
    The danger is that a hair dryer will evaporate the moisture and deposit it somewhere else inside the camera. That might be OK but it might not. An alternative would be to get hold of some silica gel - you know, the stuff that they put in little white bags with computers and cameras to absorb the moisture. Put the XA in a poly bag along with the bag of silica gel, tie up the bag, and place somewhere warmish lile an airing cupboard or even in the lounge for a few days. If that doesn't work, try someplace warmer but don't put it in the oven!!!! Best of luck.
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  12. Thanks for your help with my stuck shutter speed needle. I banged the camera against a few things, and eventually started playing with taking off the base plate. Something worked, because the needle has reappeared. I am having trouble focussing the camera. There is not much contrast in the rangefinder patch, and I wonder if a cleaning would help. Do you have any suggestions about opening up the camera and swabbing those parts? I love my camera more and more every day, but would like a little more accuracy in the focussing, especially in low light....
    I'd be very wary about opening up the camera to clean the rangefinder, which is very delicate. If you can find a good camera repairer locally, they might be able to do it for you.
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  13. Hi, my XA cant wind film properly, it takes it when i load (the take-up spool works), but if i close the camera, the film won't move. Also the sprocket teeth wheel is loose and not moving when i wind up, and the release button on the bottom is all the way in and won't engage when i shut the door or install new film, ever encountered this problem? thank you
    The release buuton should come back down - if it doesn't, then I really don't know why it is stuck. Presumably you can't reach it with tweezers and pull it down? You can always try the sharp tap on the camera base - some rolled-up newspaper or an old book but nothing hard please! Removing the base it fairly easy - you'll see the screws and you may well be able to free the release button then but I've not done it so can't be sure.
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  14. Recently aquired an XA2.Altough meter works perfectly shutter dooes not release and winder carries on winding and does not lock.Can I repair this fault?
    (Actually John found the soloutio.....) On an internet forum someone suggested repeatedly pushing in film release button on bottom of XA2 and repeatedly trying to fire shutter.What d'ya know, after a few goes the shutter released and has been working ever since.Maybe you could put the tip on your website! Keep up the good work, your XA site is in my faves.
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  15. Once again I've returned to your inspiring site. Got a question for which I found no reference on the site so far. The father of a friend of my son very kindly gave me his old XA2 and A11 flash. Although the camera functions fine as far as I can tell sofar, the sliding door does not lock left or right. In other words it's loose. Any suggestions what might cause this? If you have any comments on this I would very much welcome them before I start taking it apart. Thanks an keep up the good work, kind regards, Joan Könings, The Netherlands
    XAs use a simple little metal ball under the sliding cover which clicks into one of two indentations to hold it open or closed. It sounds like this ball may be missing. You can remove the sliding cover by very carefully lifting it away from the back of the camera body and then up and over the top of the camera. I hate doing this because I am afraid it will break, but this hasn't happened yet! (The proper way is to remove the bottom plate, but I have not done this) Do this over something in case the ball is just stuck and jumps out. Hopefully you will be able to see if this is the problem and replace the missing ball with something similar.
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  16. I have both xa and xa2 and they are great. Xa2 is my favourite all-around camera but I have noticed that its red firing button is kinda loose and as a result the shutter doesn't fire as spontaneously as xa's. In fact, sometimes I have to press it 2 or 3 times to fire. Do you think it will be easy to fix it myself? The camera have costed me only 25$ but it is a pity to stop using it. Its lens and overall condition is brilliant. By the way, your site is great!!
    You have come across a problem that some XAs suffer from. It's annoying because sometimes you will press the shutter at the perfect moment then nothing happens, and by the time you have pressed it again, the moment has gone. I have an XA2 that has the same problem so I know! You wll need to take the top part of the case off The Olympus XA Repair manual is available in the Manuals section of this website. The red button is fixed with glue and it seems that on your camera it has come unstuck and will need re-gluing. It is worth trying to make a repair but you can always buy a new one on ebay for not much money.
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  17. Hi, My XA work only in self timer mode. There is anybody who know if I can bypass this self timer mode (or make a repair)on my XA ? Thanks Claude
    If you are saying that the shutter button doesn't work and you can only fire in self-timer, then a bad shutter release is a common problem. If the problem is that the shutter release activates the self-timer, them I'm stumped - probably an electronics problem. Thanks to Simon sje@lrc.ruralwales.org and the Olympus FAX from R.Lee Hawkins. Actually repairing the shutter release problem is fairly easy and within the abilities of most people who are reasonably handy. The problem is usually caused by the cover interlock switch. This switch keeps you from firing the camera when the cover is closed and is somewhat subject to getting dirty contacts from dust. If I remember right the switch is under the cover on the top right (as you look at the front of the camera) and is accessed by removing the bottom plate and then removing the sliding cover. Be sure not to loose the little ball bearing the cover rides on. I always recommend working over (or in) a dish to catch the little parts you drop. Only tool needed is a good "0" or "00" phillips screwdriver and maybe some tweezers. You'll see the switch when you remove the cover. I think it may be necessary to remove the top to clean the contacts, it comes off with a couple of screws, and the rewind crank plus I think the release button must be pried off (it's just glued on). All this is somewhat intimidating, the actual repair is not all that bad...
    Category: Repairs
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  18. I recently got hold of an XA with A11 flash quite cheaply. Camera and flash appear to be in fine operating condition (shutter, meter, RF operation, seals etc.), although the camera's finish says it's been "around the block" more than a few times. The only problem seems to be a simple - and likely common - one: the lens cover doesn't lock in either open or closed position. Since removing the cover is a fiarly straightforward matter (done carefully, of course), I did so, and, of course, discovered the metal ball which sits on the inset spring-steel piece was missing. Obviously, finding a ball-bearing of the corect size would make this a quick and proper fix...but what size b-b is "proper"?
    It's actually a littly cylinder. I don't have a way of measuring mine. I guess it's about 2mm wide by the length of the slot but I may be wrong. A ball may do but I don't know for sure. Try to find somwhere that has an assortment and try them. As a stop-gap, a rubber band will hold the cover in the right place. Ingenuity may be the only way. Or, but a duff XA from ebay for spares!
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  19. i have an XA-2 camera. my problem is that when i turn the film winder it just keeps turning and clicking. the picture counter keeps advancing with every click, but it never seems to catch. please let me know if there is anything i can do about this. thank you.
    I think you may have a faulty mechanism. Repairing XA2's is tricky - suggest getting a new one - ebay usually the best bet.
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