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They don't make these things easy to take apart, or fix. Here's your best shot- take it into a camera repair shop, and see what they say. Some tech might know what you have to do to get it apart, or if it can come apart without damage or special tools.
Unfortunately, only the repair techs know how, and there aren't too many (if any) of them, since they often just charge a set amount and send a refurbished or new pair to the customer.
Wish I had a more specific answer, but good luck to you, and with just a bit, you'll figure this out.
I suspect your lens is forcing the mirror up when it's mounted on the camera. This would cause a dark viewfinder and as the metering system is also in there then no light means that the camera thinks that it's in total darkness and activates the flash.
Try another lens. If the problem continues then the camera body is broken, if not then it's the lens. Most likely to be the lens though.
Used Minolta lenses are readily available at reasonable cost (or free if you ask on FreeCycle) so unless your lens problem is obvious and easy to fix then just replace it as spares are mainly non-available and labour charges are high. If you want a new lens then Sony retained the same lens mount when they took over Konica Minolta.
This is more common than you would think.. Here's how to set up a pair of binoculars to suit yourself. Any good binocular will be able to do this and the reason is to allow you to adjust them for the difference in strenght between your two eyes. I wear glasses myself and sometimes contact lenses so it's good to be able to quickly adjust them.
1. turn the binoculars over so you are looking at the underside. 2. on the eyepieces can you see on one eye(usually the right eye) a little plus - minus marking. The eyepiece should be able to rotate a little to each side of this marking. 3. Set the rotating eyepiece to the middle setting. 4. Look through the binoculars as normal and bring the two sides together until you form the two circles that you see into one. 5. Pick an object app 10 meters away. 6 Presuming that the adjustable eyepiece is on the right hand side then close your right eye, look at the middle distance object you chose with your left eye and use the central focusing knob/wheel in the middle to bring your left eyepiece into focus. 7. Now, close your left eye and adjust the rotating right hand eyepiece while looking at the same object until your right eyepiece is in focus. 8. The binoculars should now be set for the differences in strenght of your eyes and you can use the middle focus control as normal.
Most binoculars have a soft rubber eyepiece that can be folded back for people who wear glasses but I, like most people I know who wear glasses, find it horribly uncomfortable.
This method allows you to set them for yourself and if someone else uses your binoculars you can quickly reset them for you.
Hope this helps...
- Oh yeah, sorry, forgot to mention.. This set up is so you can use them without wearing your glasses.. Much more comfortable!!
ebay is a great resource for eyepieces, i would suggest a 26mm ma. the eyepiece should drop in. if not you might be missing the image erecting diagonal. when the eyepiece is installed you should be looking perpendicular at the tube.
The recording mechanism itself was damaged in the fall and that is why it can't record new ones and also sounds like the reason the eye piece is not working the only option you have for a high tech piece of equipment like this is to have it serviced I can help you locate local repair with your zip code(or city) or you can locate the closest authorized service center here: http://esupport.sony.com/perl/select-system.pl?PRODTYPE=1,24,26,66,9,70,5,72 If you need any further assistance please let me know. Thanks, Lee