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Monilta 7000i I have a used Monilta 7000i that was giving to me, The focusing screen looks like the is fungus or dirt on the inside. The Camera appears to function otherwise I already own a 7000i so tried my lens on the camera and took some pictures theh pictures are fine no blemishes Is there a way that I can clean the focusing Screen I have a Minolta 9000 and know with it I can remove and change the screen for different styles I have never seen screens available for the 7000i If it can be cleaned can it be done at home or should I send it to a camera shop Thanks Ron

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send it to a camera shop,the fungus may have spread to the flex circuit under the top cover. there are no new parts for this model so finding a camera repair shop to clean it may take a few tries.
get an estimate first.

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Clean prism

Depends where the dirt is, often it is trapped between the focusing screen and the prism. You can drop out the focusing screen using the tang on screen holding frame, remove the screen and blow the exposed face of the prism with an air puffer, or better still, use a camera vacuum to do this. More often than not, this will clean any large particles. If the dirt is anywhere else (unlikely) then you are looking at a prism removal. Not easy!

Feb 06, 2014 | Olympus OM-3TI 35mm SLR Camera

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Hello my question is about what I think is a mirror issue on my n75 Nikon camera. When I look through the viewfinder the picture appears fuzzy. I looked closely at the lens and it does not look like it...

First off, with no lens attached, it will always be fuzzy, there is nothing to focus the light. Second, if you're looking at the mirror, you should be able to tell if it's dirty - if it is, glass cleaner and a soft rag are all that are required.

I'd suspect however that neither are your issue. Either your focusing screen is out of place or damaged, or your camera's diopter correction (if it has it) has been moved, Look for a small dial right next to your viewfinder with a +/- on it, and with the lens attached, and focused, turn the dial until everything is in focus. If your camera has this dial, it'll be usually on the right side of the viewfinder window.

If it does not have it you'll need to seek a repair shop to check your focusing screen since the mirror is 99% not going to be the cause of your problem. If there are no shops locally, google KEH Camera. It'll run you $35 for an estimate, waived if you decide to have any needed repairs done.

Sep 08, 2011 | Nikon N75 35mm SLR Camera

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When I look through it, all I see is a fuzzy picture, like there is dirt or moisture on the lense. Is this a problem with the lense? I didn't drop it or spill anything on it. When I removed the lense cap...

Hello. From what you describe, there are several issues that *might* be occurring. First, the battery used in your camera did just what it was supposed to do--die quickly. Cameras need *steady*, proper power to perform correctly all the time. If the battery died slowly, it would drive the metering system (and any other power-dependent item) crazy due to improper current/voltage output. Yes, it's THAT important--the reason why you use silver-oxide or other such pricey batteries!! And change dem suckers EVERY year, too!!lol
Next, remove the lens and carefully inspect it using a bright table lamp. You are looking for signs of moisture (foggy or droplets). Also, and every bit as damaging is FUNGUS! Do you keep your equipment in that nice, cool, dark, closet or camera bag all the time? Prime fungus breeding environment. It grows on the INSIDE of the lens, on the glass surfaces and, if not removed in a timely manner, can etch the surface of the glass, ruining it. It can cause a cloudy appearance. But, so can our old. fiendish friend, OIL! The lubricants used to make that precision helicoid barrel(your lens focusing tube) slide so nicely is a nasty enemy when left sitting for long periods--or heated--like being left in a car on a hot day. It vaporizes over time, clouding up optics and far worse, gumming up the delicate, metal, diaphragm blades in the center of the the lens.(they give you your apertures--f-stops) Move the lever at the back of the lens to check the blade movement--it should be a quick, smart action with no laziness as the blades move--you need to set the lens to its max f-stop to see the blades move fully.
If the lens is not the problem, it could easily be the same fungus problem on the penta-prism(an actual precision, five-sided prism which directs your vision from the back of the camera down onto the reflex mirror inside the front.) in the top of the camera or even on the delicate focusing screens. Obviously, make sure there aren't smudged finger-prints on any surfaces--I've repaired cameras that looked like the owner held the thing by the lens glass and eyepiece. And don't forget to check the rear lens element for dirt. NOTICE OF CAUTION HERE: If the MIRROR is the foggy culprit, don't attempt to clean it--its sitting position, angle, and surface are CRITICAL. If you bend, scratch, mar, push, pull, tweak, etc that little glass wonder--its OVER! If the problem is discovered to be any type of internal, send the unit in to a competent repair facility. I know I've been lengthy---Hope I helped you!---Rick

Dec 28, 2009 | Nikon N75 35mm SLR Camera

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When I install the battery in my 7000i it makes a noise the screen has two lines appear but the camera will not turn on.

I had a similar problem with my 8000i. Parts are getting scarce for these older Maxxums, but you can still get it repaired. Unless you are emotionally attached to this 7000i consider replacing it. You should be able to find another on Ebay for a decent price. You might also consider the subsequent generations which offer better AF performance. The 650xi, 700xi and 800xi are all good cameras and available on Ebay. Lighter versions like the Maxxum 70 and the XTsi are also available. The last of the film Maxxums was the single digit 7. It is generally regarded as the best of the Maxxum series, but still sells on Ebay over 150.00 typically. These subsequent models will take all your maxxum lenses and flashes. These newer models offer many other features and often less weight to carry around.

Nov 12, 2009 | Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm SLR Camera

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I have a Maxxum 7000i 35mm camera and in the display there is the word Help flashing what does this mean This happend after i tried a differnt lens, the lens opened than closed The lens that i tried was a...

Konica lenses do not fit Minolta cameras. I think you messed something up.

Minolta MC and MD lenses worked on the older manual focus Minolta bodies. They will also work on the Phoenix and Seagull clones of the old Minolta bodies.

The Konica lens should only ever be mounted on a Konica camera.

Your 7000i is now a Minolta paperweight. You need to send your 7000i for repair or replace it.

You could also look on Ebay for another Maxxum body to use your lenses designed for the Minolta A mount. As a rule, camera lenses are not interchangeable. You can use any Maxxum lens on any Maxxum body as a rule, but Minolta changed their flash shoe after the original 7000 series. Flashes that work with your 7000i will work with any subsequent Maxxum.

Oct 25, 2009 | Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm SLR Camera

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Maxxum 7000 are cheap these days. Get a used one on Ebay and keep yours for parts.
Better yet, get a 7000i, 700xi, 650xi, 800xi or a Maxxum 5, 7, or 9. Why? More focus points, faster AF, more options, same lenses. But you will need to replace your flash.
BTW...remove batteries when you aren't put it away.

Oct 04, 2009 | Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm SLR Camera

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I haven't used my camera for 10 years. The light

Hello...Just to warn might have a fistful of problems there but I'm going to have you check a few things FIRST!! Before you try anything with new batteries, check the contacts inside the little battery chamber...look for any discoloration(might indicate some corrosion goin on). Use a pencil eraser to gently but firmly rub the contact clean. Next, put the shutter selector in the "b" position in order to manually dry-fire the unit at least 50 to 100 times without the lens attached. Cameras DO NOT like to sit idle--grease stiffens, oil evaporates or becomes thicker, springs "form" to their rest positions, etc. You need to work that camera and hopefully things will still operate--namely some electro-mechanical switches inside! Besides the meter not operating, does the shutter hold any of the slower speeds--1/60 thru 1 sec? These are battery functions--the whole metering system controls a couple of tiny magnets to give you the speeds. I can assure you of one thing--you're going to have to have the camera cleaned and adjusted(called an "overhaul") because the springs that operate the shutter have worn due to age and need to be adjusted.The two sections of shutter blades need to move inside a narrow range of speed so the actual shutter speeds will be accurate. Also, be SURE to check the lens glass CAREFULLY under a bright light--when cameras and lenses are put away for long periods, an insidious fungus just loves to attach itself to the *inside* of tasty, high quality glass elements causing weird, spider-web lines and spots. These will almost certainly cause blurred spots or shadows in pix. Additionally, check the diaphragm blades *carefully* for a wet-looking substance around the edges. That's grease that has migrated from the focusing barrel, down the metal surfaces, and stuck to the thin, metal blades. Check the movement by turning the F-stop ring on the lens--make sure the blades move very freely. DON'T FORCE THE RING if it feels slightly "gummy"--The F-stop ring should move freely and have "sharp" stops at each of the F positions. If you force things, you could easily damage the blades internally. Hope I helped you get things "motivated"<grin>. Good luck!---Rick

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Turn auto focus off?

On the left side of the lens right below the silver lens release button there should be a grey switch with the initials "AF" and "M". Switch it to "M" for manual.

Feb 16, 2009 | Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm SLR Camera

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Minolta Maxxum 7000i

Is there a micro focus switch on the lens
On my lens if switch to Micro Mode the Auto focus is disabled, Also it is a stupid question but you are using a AF lens and not a xi series or manual focus lens.

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