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Minolta X570 35 mm camera

I was recently given a Minolta X570 35 mm camera from a friend who was moving. I can not even figure out how to get the back open to get film in or out.  Please help


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Re: Minolta X570 35 mm camera

Just pull the rewind knob up. Rewind the film first.

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