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Damaged back cover door

The camerawas stepped on so that all the pictures are blurred in the middle. I was hoping to be able to replace the rear cover. I have no part num. or suppliier. Thanks Gareth

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  • emmyemmy2 Sep 24, 2008

    Any help woul very much appreciated. Thanks Gareth

  • emmyemmy2 Sep 27, 2008

    No freebies huh!!

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You might try contacting Sony Parts dept. Sony purchased Minolta a few years ago and has the available parts for Minolta Maxxum cameras.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008

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