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Silly question re manual focussing

Just got hold of X-700 and can understand/follow most of downloaded manual.
One ?simple question is when manually focussing ,the centre circle often has black/solid upper or lower hemisphere making it impossible to align 2 parts of focal subject.Is this telling me something that I have wrong setting for?_Any help will be welcome.I'm probably asking something very basic here so no laughs please!!.
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What you are looking at in the middle is called a split prism whilst it is good to determine focus you have found the one short fall.

You will notice that it gets worse with the longer focal length lenses, when you have the half black image, just try moving your eye around the viewinder up, down, left right, you will find that the half that is black may change, the black is caused by poor alignment of the eye in relation to the optical axis center of the viewfinder system.

Not a fault or problem as such just something to be aware of and try to work around it.

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I don't know how to load or unload the film for my Minolta x700


You can download the manual from
http://butkus.org/chinon/minolta/minolta_x-700/minolta_x-700.htm

There are illustrated instructions for loading/unloading film beginning on page 17.

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I was wondering if anybody knew where i could find a service manual for my minolta x-700 camera. i was trying to replace a bad capacitor, but i think i may have disrupted something, and now i'm not getting...


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My camera will not focus. I have a 50mm lens and 200mm and neither will focus


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The next thing to check is whether the viewfinder has an eyecup attached, if so slide it upwards to remove it as sometimes they have a corrective lens fitted if the previous user needed corrective optics. If your vision is fine (with glasses/contact lenses if necessary) then a corrective lens on the viewfinder may make things look blurry.

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You can test if the focussing screen is the problem in one of two ways:-
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2. Set the lens to focus at infinity and at the widest possible aperture and take a photograph of a distant object (ignoring the blurred viewfinder). process the film and inspect the photo. If it's sharp then you have a focussing screen problem. If not, then it's a lens problem.

If the problem is a poorly fitted focussing screen then it may just need reseating or to be removed and refitted. It's vital to do this in a dust free environment and to avoid getting fingerprints on the screen. Some screens sit in a hinged frame which then clips into place when pushed up, others push into a pair of clips towards the top rear and then the front is held in place by a spring clip: it's been a long while since I worked on the F501 or F301 so I don't recall which system is used.

Courtesy of Norman Butkus' website, click here for a free Nikon N2000 user manual.

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Hello,
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http://www.angelfire.com/ca4/shikishima/manual/x700.pdf

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