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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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