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Minolta X-370 Spot driving me nuts!

I'm hoping that someone out there can instruct me on how to clean a Minolta X-370. The camera works great and takes great pictures, but there is a spot inside it that is driving me nuts. I have cleaned the mirrors which did no good at all. I'm guessing this may be in the viewfinder area. It's just right off the center of the picture and it's very irritating because it's right in my line of sight. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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If its inside the viewfinder, then you'll really need to take it in for a repair, but bear in mind, that will require disassembly and that will likely run you $75-$100, which is more than a used X370 goes for on eBay.

One thing I would check is the underside of the focussing screen as maybe it is on there. Remove the lens and then look thru the viewfinder. If you still see the spot, then its in the body and not in the lens.

Look inside at the underside of the prism - thats where the focussing screen is. Do not touch the screen with any cleaning fluid or your finger. instead, grab something fairly stiff but pliable, like the straw on the edge of a dust blower. and gently rub the general area on the screen where the spot might be. Then blow the area with air to clean it all up. Look thru the viewfinder again and see if that got it.

Its pretty rare for dust to get inside the viewfinders unless they had previously been open for a repair, so theres a good chance its stuck to the focussing screen. Don't touch it with solution or your finger though as the screen can be damaged easily.

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