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The online auction site value of an XG- 1 appears low enough that replacement with a fully functioning camera identical or similar model will be less cost than the cost of professional repair. At the time of writing KEH has a working XG-1 for about 30USD with their 180 warranty. Selling the defective camera for parts could offset some of the replacement cost....


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Age and heat have detrimental effects on any lubrication or seals in a camera. Heat may have caused the the substance that hold the prism in place to soften allowing the substance or the prism to shift. The shutter and film winding mechanisms also need proper lubrication in order to function as designed. The best coarse of action on any old camera is to ...


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If it was me, I'd just get a cheap bounce reflector that attaches to the top of the flash head with an elastic band. In fact, that's what I often use with my camera mounted speedlights or off-camera speedlights in 'run-and-gun' situations, even though the pull-out bounce cards on my flashes are all intact. The one I use the most is the smaller of the two ...


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Usually, the lens error is a result of some sort of impact force on the lens, which breaks small plastic lens track material inside the lens itself, causing guide pins to 'jam' and deter the gear mechanism and motor from driving the lens properly. This can also occur if dust or debris gets into the lens' inner and outer casing sheath. A small can of ...


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Mechanical film cameras are a good place to start learning camera repair because they were usually designed for hand assembly and contain simple electronic circuits if they contain any circuit at all. And mechanical systems can often be understood by looking at them closely with an experienced eye. Modern camera electronics are often beyond repair for ...


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