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Minolta 5000 doesnt open aperture

Hi, i own maxxum 5000 with sigma 28-200mm. The problem is that even though the camera allows me to change aperture value e.g. 22, 19, 8, 4 etc, it doesn't physically open the aperure at all. I tried my lens on another maxxum 5000 and is working perfectly fine. The problem I believe is that camera doesn't send an electronic impulse to the lenses and thus the lenses refuse to open (I can see a tiny hole when looking through it's back) and I believe the lightmeter is OK. I tried using unimer to measure value on camera's pins onto which lens pins are laid and some of them do not show voltage at all.
What do I do, please advise.

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The camera keeps the lens open if you look at the back of the lens you will see a small lever if you push it it will open the iris and let go it spring back if that ok it the camera that faulty

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