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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Re: Minolta XG-1 Film Camera View Finder has Door Seal...
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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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. Thiscan be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repairedby a qualified service technician.
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push the rewind button on the bottom of the camera, then turn the rewind knob to the right to rewind any film that may be in the camera. Lift the rewind knob up to open the back door. remove the film canister if there.
on the new film canister pull enough film to reach the take up spool. attach the leader to the spool and close the back door, advance the film to counter number 1. enjoy.
sounds like liquid damage. take the bottom cover off and see if there is any rust or corrosion. if all is ok and the camera is working, don't worry about it. it has no effect on print quality.
now if you find rust or corrosion your camera is about to become a fancy paper weight. not repairable economically.
if the led's light in the finder you have a mechanical problem.
if the led's don't light in the finder then turn the shutter select knob left & right around 5 times do this also to the off / on switch. remove batteries and clean the contacts with pencil eraser.
if the leds still don't light then you have a flex circuit problem.
i am assuming there is no film in the camera.
if you decide to have the camera repaired get an estimate first as there are no new parts available.
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 :)
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.