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Re: Minolta X300 camera
First thing to check with this is are we are talking about the correct part of the camera, the rewind lever on this model is on the left hand side (as you look through the camera), make sure you have raised the rewind crank arm (small plastic arm) out of the central knob, then looking on the bottom of the camera you should find a recess with a chrome button in it, push this button in, it releases the wind on mechanism, you should now be able to rewind the film using the crank, make sure you follow the direction of the arrow on the arm otherwise you will wind the film into the canister backwards, this will make it very stiff to wind and maybe scratch the film, plus you processor will not like you for this either.
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If there's film in the camera it could have reached the end of the roll and you were unaware or it didn't indicate it. Try to rewind the film and use the rewind button on the bottom of the camera. Try pushing the button in anyway and advancing the wind lever. if this isn't the problem then the internal gear is jammed or broken and the camera needs service.
In theory, yes. You'd have to take out the film mechanism, put in a digital sensor and all the other circuitry required to process and save the image.
In practice, unless you have a circuit fabrication facility in your basement, no. Even if you were to take all the parts out of another digital camera, you'd still have to get everything aligned and connected.
It would be far, FAR cheaper to just buy a digital camera. And if you already have lenses that work with the X300, you'll be able to use them with new Sony alpha-series cameras.
A Canon AE-1 is not an EOS camera the Canon "A" series is manual focus while EOS is auto focus. First thought In answer to the advance lever stuck or jammed I'm going to assume the camera is in serviceable condition and has not been subjected to water damage or harsh use. If we are dealing with just the advance lever then I'd say that you have over advanced the film at the last frame. I've done this myself after loading a 24 exposure and thinking I had a 36 exposure film. At the bottom of the camera there is a little pin which releases the advance lever and allows the user to rewind the film. Under normal conditions when it's time to rewind the film into the canister this pin offers little resistance to pushing in to release, however depending on how much force the advance lever has been subjected to increases the tension on this pin. Push the pin in and rewind the film. Second thought is if you have film in the camera and it has not been used fully then it's possible that the film has already been advanced to a new frame and the shutter needs to be activated before the lever will become free and advance to the next frame. Other problems with the Canon "A" series cameras is they have a tendency to dry out the lubrication and begin to squeak when the shutter is fired. This condition can eventually result is a shutter seizure and give the same advance lever condition. Those are the three things that come to mind over this lever problem lets hope it's just run out of film.
I am not familiar with Nikons; however, Minolta and Canon SLR film camera's film compartments are opened by lifting up on the film rewind mechanism on the top left side of the camera.
If the Nikons are designed like Minolta and Canon, there will be a small tab to push in at the bottom of the camera. This releases the film and allows it to be rewound. At the top left will be a small rewind lever that is used to do the rewind. The part of the camera that the rewind lever is attached to is pulled up to open the back of the camera.
It could be that there is a broken or missing gear in the rewind. It will spin but not catch. Sometimes when film is loaded it, is not drawing the film across and missing a gear, so it seems like your taking photos and its not. If you sent it to minolta, good luck, they were bought out by Konica, and probably didnt' do a thorough analysis of it.
I have a friend who fixes cameras. Cleans them, lubricates them, and callibrates them,
Check the manual rewind button on the bottom plate of the camera. Make sure the button is not jammed under the edge of the button opening. If it is you might be able to carefully pry it out with a sharp pin or tooth pick (be careful not to pierce the button or you could damage the circuit board underneath) Or you could remove the bottom plate and reseat the button (be careful of a loose spring to the film door latch)
I have seen this on several of these, a small bit of plastic breaks off on the top cover and jams the rewind switch assembly.
To repair this you would have to take the top cover off and then remove the rewind swtich assembly from the top cover remove the bit of plastic and hey presto. You will find after removing the bit of plastic you will have to hold the lever to keep the camera rewinding, the lever will no longer stay in place as it used to (the bit of plastic held it in place)