I had my ricoh xr500 CLA'd (i.e. sent to service) a few days ago. I noticed the light meter no longer shuts off and it does not display accurate measurements. Before I had it CLA'd the meter is working fine, the lever also turns off the meter when not in use. Should I open the bottom plate and check?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Maybe you should contact the party who you paid to do the CLA and ask them? \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Jan 18, 2021 at 7:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't think anyone is going to recommend that you open the bottom plate of a camera you are new to tinkering with, in case you break something permanently. I had a CLA done once, and the camera came back with unfixed problems. I sent it back and it was fixed properly. I recommend you do the same. \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Jan 18, 2021 at 9:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PeterM Clean, lubricate, adjust. See: What is CLA service? \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Jan 18, 2021 at 18:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PeterM, I don't support jargon for jargon's sake, but CLA is a pretty common photographic acronym. Maybe not quite as common as, say, SLR, but it's not unusual to use it and just assume others are familiar. \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Jan 19, 2021 at 0:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ CLA -> Clean, Lubricate, Adjust (Sent to service) TLA -> Three letter acronym \$\endgroup\$ Jan 19, 2021 at 8:13

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The manual for the XR500 does not indicate that there is a way to turn the light meter off. Except by removing the batteries.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You can turn it off by pushing the lever. I always turn it off when not in use \$\endgroup\$
    – user97054
    Jan 20, 2021 at 8:23

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