If everything lights in the camera when you test it ,it means the battery is alright,try this trick"Rotate the film advance connection at the bottom of your camera using a nickle (not the battery compartment) the one directly at the bottom of the shutter and should click if there's not you have some bigger problem.Good luck.
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Re: MINOLTA XG-1 & XG-9
the only real way to get the shutters to fire ( if not a mechanical problem ) is to take the top covers off and clean the contacts of all the sliding switches. both camera's are similar. check the flex circuit on top of the prism to be sure there is no broken circuits from impact damage not visible from the top cover .clean the battery covers and contacts. now the led's should light and the shutters fire. if the shutters don't fire then it's a component part on the flex circuit or mechanical failure. there are no new parts available for these models.
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You can download a manual for the OM-1 from http://butkus.org/chinon/olympus/olympus_om-1/olympus_om-1.htm
The OM-1MD is the same camera as the OM-1 with the added provision for taking a motor drive to advance the film automatically.
The OM-1n is the same as the OM-1MD with a redesigned film advance lever, a flash ready/sufficient flash LED in the viewfinder, and automatic X-sync regardless of the position of the FP/X switch, when it is used with a T-series flash unit mounted on Flash Shoe 4.
1. dead battery. Your X-300 has an electronic shutter that needs battery power to work. Try fresh batteries and check the battery contact wires for corrosion.
2. End of roll. If you have film in it, try the silver button on the bottom. rewind film and try another roll of film. Before you put in the new film, try the advance, click, advance, click thing.
3. Not all rolls of film are perfect. Some are shorter than they should be, some hang up in the canister.
4. The Minolta X-series were well known to have a problem. Two cheap capacitors on the later models would die, locking up the camera. One is under the top plate and the other under the bottom plate. These caps need to be replaced. I suggest you send it to a repair shop for that. Check prices. Garry's camera repair in Niles, IL does a very economical repair on these. It runs about $50 and $8 for return ship. He will also Clean, Lubricate and adjust it.
You could also buy another 300/370 on Ebay, as they're inexpensive these days.
Best of luck. Hope its just the film or batteries. You might also consider joining the Yahoo Minolta groups.
This is not the best solution as it indicates a faulty film back. The film should advance without resorting to activating the film-wind release lever. That is only for intentionally advancing a partially exposed roll of film. Make sure the multi-exposure lever is not engaged and that the counter does advance and the red mark disappears as you advance to an unexposed frame.
I am not familiar with Nikons; however, Minolta and Canon SLR film camera's film compartments are opened by lifting up on the film rewind mechanism on the top left side of the camera.
If the Nikons are designed like Minolta and Canon, there will be a small tab to push in at the bottom of the camera. This releases the film and allows it to be rewound. At the top left will be a small rewind lever that is used to do the rewind. The part of the camera that the rewind lever is attached to is pulled up to open the back of the camera.
changing the batteries have no effect on film transport, just a coincidence. take the bottom cover off and check the white plastic gear on the film take up side of the camera. if it is broken your X700 may not be repairable as no new parts are available.
push the re-wind button in and try to charge the shutter again. remove film first. if it still just goes part way then a gear is stripped. try to find a camera repair shop that may have good used parts available.
My condolences on your loss. I hope you have fond memories of him every time you use the camera.
The owner's manual can be downloaded at http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/manuals/film-cameras/film_mf_slr/xg_7/xg_7_manual.pdf
It takes S-76 silver batteries which are pretty easy to find. Check Radio Shack or a similar store.
You can use any MD mount lenses. Minolta's lens brand is Rokkor, but you may find others with a compatible mount too.
Film loading, advance & rewind are manual. So is film speed setting. There's a semi-auto exposure mode "A" to help simplify shooting while you learn the rest.
The manual is pretty good & has lots of pics of the various dials. Much easier reading than many current ones. Get a few rolls of cheap film & have fun!
1. Remove the batteries and replace with proper alignment of POLARITIES positive and negative. 2. Turn on and off for two or three times. 3. Load the film in the champers correctly. 4. Aim the camera at the proper lighting objects and try with the different aperture and speed settings.
Hi, check the camera set in auto /manually in auto function, check battery might drain the current , dis engage camera to lense to release the mirror by pressing button beside lense , turn lense in left or right .
Start by making sure the dark slide is removed, the camera will not fire with it in place. The next step is to check the rotating back to make sure it is locked in either the vertical or horizontal position. Without film in the magazine, the multi-exp lever on the back must be set to show the red dot under the advance lever. You can check the camera without the back by removing the rotating back using the latch on the bottom of the camera