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The film advance lever is stuck on my minolta

The film advance lever is stuck on my minolta x-370 . it has new batteries any ideas?

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Here are the most likely:
A. Lever will not move on some models if the shutter is already cocked. If the shutter is cocked, and will not release with new batteries INSERTED CORRECTLY, then the most likely is this...
Two capacitors in these Minoltas die over time. If you are handy at such things, you can buy the caps, remove top and bottom covers, remove the dead caps and solder in the new ones. Don't Panic.
You can find instructions on the web for this well known issue, and you can also opt to send it to a camera repair place. Garrys camera repair in Niles, ILL does it for about $58 incl return shipping. He will also clean, lube and adjust it for ya. Something they all need eventually.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009

  • kevbo47 Apr 25, 2011

    While I'm sure this if often the case, I simply had to remove the bottom of the camera and manually move the release mechanism one time. I was opening it to inspect the capacitor as you recommended, however when it looked to still be in pristine conditions I determined it must be something else.

    It looks as though my lever got stuck somehow how and need a little touch to get her moving again. Thanks for the tip anyway, but this is something else for the Non-Broken capacitor crowd to try.

    Thanks!

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