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Minolta XG-1 Film Camera View Finder has Door Seal Foam stuck in it.

Hi, Need to find out how to access (dismantle) veiw finder of our Minolta XG-1 Film Camer to remove the door seal foam that has somehow lodged itself there. Can't seem to find out how to access this area of the camera to remove.

If you can offer any suggestions it would be much appreciated.

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    My view finder appears to have a dust streak running across inside it. Can't see anything on the mirror inside the camera, only visible when looking through the view finder.



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the top cover must be removed and the flex circuit on top of the prism must also be removed. then remove the prism to access the fresnel lens. the lens is extremely fragile and very difficult to clean.i would try to replace it with a good used one if possible. unless your a intricate instrument repair person i would let a camera repair person do this.

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Line in Picture

Here is the free link for the user manual if you need it; These guys have a copy of the parts list for sale ($5); Try this guy for a service manual; I think you are right about the seal issue - check there is no play in the door - most likely causes of it being loose would be a loose latch or worn hinge guides / bent hinge pins. Replace or tighten is hard to say from the info i could find, my guess is it will be much easier to tighten it than to find the spares, although many xg-as are advertised on e-bay "for spares". One way to test for sure is to put in new film, then tape the door shut as solidly as you can, and tape around the edges with black PVC electrical tape - see if this helps, if not, there may be a problem in the optics, possibly not worth fixing. There could feasibly be a problem with the shutter sticking slightly, or one of the plates of the aperture could be bent away from its neighbour. Have a look, be gentle. Only other thing I can think of is the film itself - was it good, new film you had the problem with? old film could feasibly show those symptoms, although unlikely, Hope this helps, please ask again if you need more info :)

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Could be 1 of two things: 1. Mirror linkage failed. 2. Something is holding the mirror; sticky foam or the lubrication has dried out. Remove the lens, use slow shutter speed to release the shutter. While mirror is stuck in the up position, very gently pull down on the front edge of the mirror. If it frees up immediately it was stuck on the foam. Might be able to see a mark on edge of mirror from the foam. Hope this helps.

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