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Mirror lock My 35mm Minolta Film Camera's mirror seems to be locked. I can't depress the shutter button or advance the film. How can I correct this?

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SOURCE: no shutter/film advance

Try to used a new film..

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Posted on Apr 22, 2008

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Check and see if the mirror is not moving.
The mirror not moving is not the reason your SRT is not working. Mirror flip-up and release is one step of the shutter release sequence that all single len reflex cameras do: the mirror not moving is a symptom that the shutter release sequence was not fully engaged, or is "out-of-sequence".

This problem does happen to older SRT's and is, best case, easy to fix. Two ways this happens: best case, either the advance lever was not fully wound (at the "second to last shot") and by depressing the shutter release button at the shots afterwards you're allowing the camera to bypass starting this sequence: a shop can "trip" your camera to its proper sequencing, but it may happen again because of the second problem described next.

As second-best case, on SRT's the pull-rod in the bottom of the camera (inside the bottom plate) that connects the advance drum Y-lever to its cocking lever becomes "stretched" at the end curl: this is a common weak-link in SRT's. Again, this is a 10 minute fix for a shop (don't do this yourself) to retension this rod and resequence your camera to working order.

Alternatively as a worst case, the mirror lock & release levers or more bottom shutter release mechanisms have become bent, undone or disconnnected. Since this is harder (near impossible in fact) to have this happen by just working the camera, hopefully your problem is not this. Your SRT would be still repairable, but at greater cost.

Call around to find a shop in your area that works and knows what they're doing on OLDER MANUAL Minoltas, then check the value of your SRT in your area and have that shop fix your camera at a cost within its value. Once fixed your SRT is still well within its service life: on SRT's usually only the meter-to-prism glue clouding, cable derailments, internal foam pieces gelling, and that pull-rod give trouble (and all these are still fixable).

Also a simple trick to try to resequence an SRT shutter yourself. If when your shutter release button comes back up (after you wind the camera when pushing down the release button), it seems lower than normal then try pushing in the rewind release button (in its U-depression on the bottom of the camera) and try winding the top advance lever (don't force anything, if this is going to work it should be all free moving). If the shutter release button pops up, the camera should be resequenced. It may take a couple of tries.

If it is not the mirror, then it may be the reason below.

The X-700's have a fairly common issue as they age. There is a capacitor inside, which simply gives out and must be replaced in order for the camera to function. If I remember correctly, it is directly related to the shutter release function.
The replacement capacitor is cheap and the repair can be performed by any reputable camera shop that knows Minoltas. There are even instructions on the web on how to do it yourself. My 700 gave up the ghost too, but I just haven't had the confidence to attempt the repair. I came into another functioning 700, so the repair isn't vital right now.

Please let me know what you want to do and what you find if you check your mirror. I would be glad to further assist you.

Thank you for using Fixya and Good Luck

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

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