Hello, i have a minolta maxxum stsi that i have had for about 8 yrs. i have never had anything go wrong until about a month ago. i had about 4 rolls of film developed and they all came back panaramic style, i did not shoot them this way and there was no problem at the printers. as far as i know i dont even have a panaramic setting on my camera. could you please tell me if you have any idea what could be causing this. thank-you. Respectfully, jeff USMC (SEMPER FI)
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Re: pictures print panaramic
Double check your camera as this model did have a panoramic version available and you had a lever on the side of the camera to select normal/panoramic.
If this is not the case you may have a problem with the shutter on your camera.
Check on the negative and if the exposed part runs is the lower third of the negative it is a shutter problem and needs to be looked at by a repair tech, if the exposed part of the neg is even and runs through the middle of the frame. I am pretty sure you have a panoramic camera and you would just need to switch it off
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Above 1/30th of a second you will not hear any difference due to the way that an SLR camera twin curtain shutter operates.
There are just two tests possible: take the camera to a repair shop for shutter speed testing or just assess the exposures taken when using transparency (slide) film. Assessing the exposure with regular negative film isn't much use as the photo printing machinery can compensate for under or over exposed images.
This isn't really a solution, but when I check "I have similar problem", it takes me to a different page all together. The first time I heard about a blue glow in the viewfinders of late-model Maxxums was in reading an eBay guide written by J.D. Katz. I didn't really believe him until my own Maxxums started doing it. Apparently Maxxums 3, 4, 5, GT, QTsi, STsi, HTsi, XTsi and probably the 50 and 70 are susceptible. All were assembled in either Malaysia or China and all have penta-mirror viewfinders. Both my Maxxum 5 and my XTsi just recently started doing it: the 5 has sapphire-blue streaks on either side of the viewfinder; the XTsi's viewfinder has just a faint blue haze. Probably some coating on the glass inside the viewfinder is breaking down with age. It's a shame because they are otherwise excellent cameras. While it is an annoyance, it is confined to the viewfinder and should not affect the images taken. Probably won't have much luck getting Sony to do anything about it either, since they're film cameras and they're getting old....
It's the shutter speed. I copied this out of the manual :
The number 60, or 125, displayed in the data panel stands for 1/60th or 1/125th of a second. • Usable apertures will depend on the aperture range of the lens you are using. • The seconds indicator appears in the viewfinder and data panel if the shutter speed is one second or longer.
Albeit copy and paste made it fit weird into here.