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The viewfinder of my minolta x700 is always black

The only thing visible through the viewfinder is the aperature setting. I know it is not the lense because it is the same with it removed. The shutter also never works. I have replaced the batteries but there is no change. The camera has not been used in at least 10 years, but by all appearances it is in like new condition. If anyone could help me I would appreciate it very much.

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Check if the mirror is locked or stuck. If the viewfinder is dark, it means there is something wrong with the mirror.

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Foam is falling out & sticky in my minolta x700


This is light seal material that keeps the film chamber light tight to prevent contamination of the film. If this is bad, chances are the camera itself will need some servicing. The light meter and shutter speeds need to be calibrated as well as the lubricants changed in the cameras various mechanisms. This can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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Can u use the lenses of minolta slr camera with any other digital camera body today and if yes then models may be suggested


If you have manual focus Minolta lenses, then they are not usable on anything other than other manual focus M35mm Minolta SLR's.

If they have the Minolta autofocus mount then they will physically fit onto any of the current range of Sony Alpha SLR's and also the discontinued Konica Minolta digital SLR's, but there will be some issues:-
  • there will be a 1.5x magnification factor due to picture cropping caused by the digital image sensor being smaller than a 35mm film frame. As an example, a 70-200mm zoom lens will produce an image equivalent to that of a 105-300mm lens if mounted on a 35mm camera. Lens apertures are not affected by the 1.5 crop factor.
  • Earlier Minolta AF lenses relied on the camera body providing the autofocus motor. Later Konica-Minolta and Sony models lack this motor so the lens can only be used in manual focus mode.
  • If you have a later SSM (SuperSonic Motor) equipped lens and want to use it on an Minolta Alpha/Maxxum/Dynax 9 (different model names in different countries), the camera needs a complete additional circuit board which is no longer available.
  • Later Sony Alpha SLR's have far greater electronic communication with the lenses used. Many Minolta lenses will not be compatible and as Sony don't support legacy products there is no fix.
In short, Minolta MD lenses (manual focus) can't practically be used on any modern digital cameras, and Minolta Alpha (autofocus) lenses will physically fit onto a Sony Alpha digital SLR, but will act as if magnified and may not autofocus or work at all on a Sony SLR. But there's no harm in trying.

Sorry there is no absolutely definitive answer for you, but I hope that you now understand why and that you take a moment to rate my reply.

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Montgomery ward lenses wont fit on my XG-1 minolta camera,


Montgomery Ward branded lenses were rebadged Cosina lenses supplied by Sears. As such they are virtually unknown outside of North America (and almost forgotten in their home market).

Cosina were a well known budget lens manufacturer and supplied their products with mountings for most major brands including Minolta.

Your lens can certainly fit your camera with a suitable adapter but how functional and useful it is depends upon what mount the lens already has. Due to different body depths used by competing SLR brands it will either work reasonably well or will be unable to achieve infinity focus. Canon SLR bodies were the shallowest and could accept adapters without difficulty for all other 35mm SLR brands but conversely this meant that Canon lenses with adapters could not achieve infinity on other makes. Olympus were in completely the opposite situation as they had the deepest bodies. Minolta were somewhere between the two extremes.

There were plenty of lenses for all of the major brands and an excellent supply of third party suppliers such as Cosina, as a result there was rarely any need to fit brand A to brand B and adapters were rarely produced and were generally expensive.

Minolta were one of the first manufacturers to change their mounting to an autofocus system in the 1980's so any adapters which were available have long ceased to be available and would even be difficult to find at used camera fairs.

You would be far better to look at the mounting ring of your Monty to see if there is an indication of which bayonet mount it has: K=Pentax, N/Ni=Nikon, Om=Olympus, C/Ca=Canon, CY= Contax/Yashica, MD=Minolta. There are plenty of others but these are the most common bayonet mounts, if you cannot identify the mount try taking the lens to an older hand at a traditional camera shop to ask if they recognise it. Using this information you can then sell your lens and use the funds to buy one which fits properly.

Montgomery Ward are virtually unknown to most 35mm SLR users so it's near impossible to sell and even then will be near worthless, but if you mention that it's a rebadged Cosina you increase the chances of a sale as folks will know what they're buying. Cosinas do not fetch much but at least they will attract buyers. The exception to all this is if the Monty has an X mount: this would mean it's a Fujica mount and Fujica owners were always starved of lens options. As a result X mount lenses will often fetch prices well in excess of double what would usually be achieved, particularly if there are competing buyers and if it's a particularly desirable focal length lens.

Although the Monty won't fetch much, you can also expect to pay peanuts for a replacement unless it's a genuine Minolta model and in any case will very likely have spent less than you would were you to actually find the correct adapter on sale.

I hope that you have found my posting to be of use and ask only that you return the favour by rating my answer.

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