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Minolta maxxum 5 jammed film-chamber lock

I was at DisneyWorld taking pics with my Minolta Maxxum 5...which I have loved from the day I bought it. The package of 35mm film I bought in an Orlando store must have been crushed somehow, because the cannisters were a bit squashed/dented. I wasn't sure about using it...I thought maybe the pics wouldn't be perfect, but film inside the park is so expensive that I gave it a try. The first two dented film cannisters loaded, shot, and rewound just fine. After pic #24 on the third roll, the camera went into auto-rewind but then seemed to shut down on me. I thought it was the batteries, so we found a film shop there and bought new ones....but the same thing happened. I have come to the conclusion that the cannister is so dented, the film will not rewind into's basically jammed inside the camera. Since the camera has the nifty film-chamber lock feature, we could not open it inside a black bag to manually remove the film. I have taken the camera to two camera stores (including the place where I bought it a few years back) and no one can seem to figure out what to do....all they can tell me is that Minolta no longer exists and so there's no way to find out how to fix this...though I can send it to Sony for $150.00 and MAYBE they can figure out how to fix it. I can't imagine the manufacturer creating a lock system that didn't have a "bypass" feature built into it. So I'm hoping one of your gurus can walk me through a "fix" of my problem. I don't want to ruin either my camera or, if possible, my film.

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  • gobygirl Jun 01, 2008

    the same thing just happened to me and i googled to try and find an answer since the manual doesn't help and yours was the first hit. my camera was in a camera bag but it fell on the ground out of the back of an SUV. i managed to take the rest of the roll of film fine but now i can't get it open. i have tried to hit the manual rewind button several times to see if that will open it but the lock is stuck on lock. SOMEONE HELP! all i can say is if i don't find an answer i will, as i always do, take it to ritz camera. just a suggestion if you have one in your area because they have never steered me wrong!

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    Bryan Laughland May 03, 2014

    My Minolta Vectis S1 has domne a similar thing. But I have had a film sitting inside the camera for several years, and only recently replaced the batteries, shot off the remaining 4 exposures. The film automatically rewound. But the film chamber door won't open when I push the film chmber open button. presumbly the long amount of time I have had this film in the camera has done something. Yes, i need a manual over-ride to get my film back..and have it processed. It has some old exposures i'd like to see.



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I just found it after looking at the manual again. it didn't work for me but maybe it will work for you.
go to
and page 61 (actually page 121 of the manual but page 61 if you type in the page at the bottom of acrobat reader).
when i tried this it made the noise that it wanted to unlock but it didn't.
good luck!

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  • gobygirl Jun 01, 2008

    ok update. i don't read things through all the gets me in trouble. in the link above it gives one solution...that one is the one that didn't work. however the second solution worked for me which i didn't see the first time i read it. i was just so mad that the first one didn't work.

    i got mine to open by using a opened up paper clip. it didn't fix the door lock since i had to do it again to reopen it but yours should be fine since the film appeared to be your problem.



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