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What is the "light" or just red color at the bottom near the "open" the back button of my Minolta Maxxum 5 camera?

I have had my camera for years and have never noticed the red color in the window near the "open" button at the bottom of my camera. I am not even sure if it is a light or just a red color. My camera is a Minolta Maxxum 5. I am concerned that maybe this means I did not thread the film in correctly and perhaps the pictures I am taking are not not actually being filmed.

Does anyone know what this is that I am talking about?

Any help will be most welcome, Elizabeth

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    Thank you very much and I should have clicked on FixYa.



    Sorry about that.



    Elizabeth

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Elizabeth,

What you are describing is the film chamber lock indicator. Basically, once a film is loaded, you cannot accidentally (or intentionally!) open the camera until the film has been fully rewound. This is to prevent you ruining a film. The red indicator is just to let you know it's locked.

More details are on page 23 of the camera's manual. If you haven't got one, you can download it from here.

Matt

Posted on Apr 16, 2008

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