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MInolta x-300s film camera - shutter will not work

Hi, My camera has been in storage for a long while now and yes, I forgot to use the shutter during this time. Now, when I press the shutter, the light meter comes on, but the shutter will not release. I've tried putting a film in, but alas - no change. I waqs quoted £128 to have it fixed, so I refused and bought another on ebay for £20. This behaves in exactly the same way *groan*. Is there anything I can do to get my camera(s) working again, or should I just resign myself to a broken camera and an ebay refund?

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Re: MInolta x-300s film camera - shutter will not work

Remove bottom cover ( 4 screws ) and find small shutter release capacitor ( 6 v 220 microF ) and replace it. These older capacitors start leaking after 8 years and have to be replaced. Make sure you get the polarity and specs right when you are putting a new one in.

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Re: MInolta x-300s film camera - shutter will not work

I had the same problem with an X-700 and poolseman solution was the rigtht one.

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Re: MInolta x-300s film camera - shutter will not work

Oh what luck you have.. sounds like a very common problem if you bought one with same problem. make sure the timer is not on... oh ask for a refund ,,,sometimes people dont mention little problems on ebay and looking to get rid of junk.... good luck Sad but true

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Try this before spending money on anything:
Open the camera front and back: ie, take off the lens, open the back door.
With clean hands, put fingers in from both front and back.
VERY GENTLY slide the shutter curtain to the side, as it would do if the shutter release was working.

In my case, when I let go of the curtain, the whole situation resolved itself, the mirror went back up into position and the winder and release both started working again.
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Well, here's the most likely things going on:

1. dead battery. Your X-300 has an electronic shutter that needs battery power to work. Try fresh batteries and check the battery contact wires for corrosion.

2. End of roll. If you have film in it, try the silver button on the bottom. rewind film and try another roll of film. Before you put in the new film, try the advance, click, advance, click thing.

3. Not all rolls of film are perfect. Some are shorter than they should be, some hang up in the canister.

4. The Minolta X-series were well known to have a problem. Two cheap capacitors on the later models would die, locking up the camera. One is under the top plate and the other under the bottom plate. These caps need to be replaced. I suggest you send it to a repair shop for that. Check prices. Garry's camera repair in Niles, IL does a very economical repair on these. It runs about $50 and $8 for return ship. He will also Clean, Lubricate and adjust it.

You could also buy another 300/370 on Ebay, as they're inexpensive these days.

Best of luck. Hope its just the film or batteries. You might also consider joining the Yahoo Minolta groups.

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