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I have an older Minolta 50mm AF lens that sticks wide open. If I tap the side of the lens, it will shut, but my Sony a550 cannot control it. What can I do to fix it? The camera runs my other two lenses fine.

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Having been there with an older Minolta lens, I'd guess the lubrication on the iris has thickened to the point that the leaves are sticking open (normal position except during time when shutter is open). Time to find a local Minolta/Sony authorized repair shop and have it cleaned and lubricated.

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