Shutter will not close back to starting position with each shot
I have a Minolta X-370, it has been in storage for the past 5 years as I have a new digital. I wanted to use it but the shutter is stickiing with each shot preventing me from taking another, what should I do? Can you think of why it will not move all the way back into starting position? Please help.
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Re: Shutter will not close back to starting position with...
do you mean the shutter doesn't close all the way? put select on B , gently push shutter to the left to fully close the shutter. charge shutter and fire it a few times, it should free itself after a few shots.
any mechanical device needs a periodic clean, lube & adjust, ( CLA ), after not being used for 5 years your X350 just needs that. take it or send to a camera repair shop for an estimate first. there are no new parts available for this model minolta.
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Here are the most likely: A. Lever will not move on some models if the shutter is already cocked. If the shutter is cocked, and will not release with new batteries INSERTED CORRECTLY, then the most likely is this... Two capacitors in these Minoltas die over time. If you are handy at such things, you can buy the caps, remove top and bottom covers, remove the dead caps and solder in the new ones. Don't Panic. You can find instructions on the web for this well known issue, and you can also opt to send it to a camera repair place. Garrys camera repair in Niles, ILL does it for about $58 incl return shipping. He will also clean, lube and adjust it for ya. Something they all need eventually.
this happens when the shutter speed is not correct. set the speed to 1/60 sec.
if the X-370 flash is new it may not be compatible with your camera. with the flash turned on it should set the shutter speed automatically to either 1/60sec or 1/125sec. looking in the finder the shutter speed should not change to various amounts of light. if the shutter speed changes with the flash turned on it is not dedicated to your camera.
The Minolta X-series (X-300/370, X-570, X-700) were known for this
issue. Two capacitors under the top and bottom covers go bad over time.
They prevent the shutter from releasing, so you cannot wind to re-****
the shutter. If you're handy at these things, you can buy the caps,
remove the covers, solder in the new caps, and be fine. This issue is
well known and you can find instructions on the web. Or you can send it
in for repair. Garry's Camera repair in Niles,ILL will do it cheaply at
$58 incl return postage. Look him up on the web.
You are probably on the right track with the batteries. Stick some fresh ones in and the shutter should release. Your may need to use the advance lever to re-**** the shutter and drop the mirror down. You could also try removing the lens and manually pushing the mirror down to see if it stays in the down position.
Two possibilities : 1 ) your film was not properly loaded into the pick up spool and hence it was transported or exposed ; what you took to the lab was unexposed film. 2) the shutter is not opening and again no exposure takes place. To check this open back , set to slow speed like 8th of a second, and see if the shutter opens and closes properly. If the shutter does not open then it will have to go in, unfortunately. Cost ? If it is just an adjustment ( as I suspect is the case ) you should not pay more than $ 100.
Shutter release capacitor needs replacing and is easy to replace on these models. Remove bottom cover ( 4 screws ) and locate the small 6v 220 microF capacitor and replace making sure you get the polarity right. ( these capacitors have life span of 10 years and then the rubber iside perishes and they leak.)