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Here is the free link for the user manual if you need it;
These guys have a copy of the parts list for sale ($5);
Try this guy for a service manual;
I think you are right about the seal issue - check there is no play in the door - most likely causes of it being loose would be a loose latch or worn hinge guides / bent hinge pins. Replace or tighten is hard to say from the info i could find, my guess is it will be much easier to tighten it than to find the spares, although many xg-as are advertised on e-bay "for spares".
One way to test for sure is to put in new film, then tape the door shut as solidly as you can, and tape around the edges with black PVC electrical tape - see if this helps, if not, there may be a problem in the optics, possibly not worth fixing.
There could feasibly be a problem with the shutter sticking slightly, or one of the plates of the aperture could be bent away from its neighbour. Have a look, be gentle.
Only other thing I can think of is the film itself - was it good, new film you had the problem with? old film could feasibly show those symptoms, although unlikely,
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Are you looking at the picture as in a print OR are you holding the negative up to the light and looking at it that way. Don't touch the negatives, they should be in a protective sleeve but you can see through it. You should be able to see if the spacing between the frames is messed up and if you have lighter and darker negatives. Looking at a print from an automated one hour service isn't worth the time of day to determine a problem. The Pentax K1000 is the work horse of the century for students learning photography and a lot of them have seen extensive use, also the camera is quite old. What I expect is if the negatives are showing overlapping frames AND the exposure is off sometimes over and other times underexposed then the camera needs service lubrication and adjustment. It's great that the light meter is working but the shutter speed could be off and the advance is skipping giving the overlap. I don't know where you are in this world but in Canada that's a $80.00 to $120.00 fix and have the repair person change the light seals while he/she has it apart. The Pentax K1000 is still a great camera it's up to you whether or not to spend the money. I can't tell you what to do but I can suggest that if you are going to shoot film you find some place that does it with a little more human touch. Hope this was a help
Stick black substance is probably the light seal the camera has along the edge of the door. Over time these foam like seal become stickey and start to fall apart. The same stuff is used as mirror dampening the mirror flips up when you take a picture. I think you can do a search on Google for an instruction to replace these deteriorating seals. I've had plenty of them myself on classic film cameras.
Your exposure compensation dial is not set at 0.
On the left top of the camera is the film rewind knob. Surrounding it is a ring marked -2 -1 0 +1 +2. Hold down the small unlocking button just to the lower right and rotate the ring till 0 lines up with the pointer.
There's lots to learn, but the X-700 has an auto mode to help with exposure control while you get a grip on the rest of the basics. You'll find an excellent on-line manual at http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/minoltax700/index1.htm
I think the timing of the shutter winding gears has slipped a tooth or two. look at the picture in this image:
Near the motor drive coupler at the bottom you will see a blue and a white gear. Look closely at the blue gear and you will see a line on the top of it. That line needs to be pointed at the center of the white gear when the camera has been released and ready to be advanced again.
If you wish to proceed, I will tell you how to re-time the gears.
The N80 has a vertical travel focal plane shutter. This is essentially two curtains that travel across the film plane. At lower shutter speeds, one curtain opens up the shurter, you wait, then the next one travels across, stopping the exposure. At faster speeds, though, they both move together, leaving a small gap between them to let light through.
If the first shutter curtain isn't always making it all the way to the top, this could give you just what you're seeing -- a black band across the top of the photo. One blank negative may well indicate that your shutter failed completely on that shot.
This is something best handled by a camera repair shop. It could possibly just be some dirt in the shutter mechanism, which would be fixed by a good CLA (clean, lube, adjust) ... that's no a bad idea if it's an older camera anyway. However, it could be more than that. It won't be clear which without getting down into the camera itself.
the shutter assembly is not fully open when shooting. Maybe the motor driving is possibly weak already. You have to bring it to the service center, if the price is not right, better buy a digital camera compatible with your minolta lenses. ( films are getting obsolete fast, but the lenses are not)