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On a film camera, the internel electronics determine the shutter speed and aperture. The camera computer figures out a higher shutter speed against the aperture speed. You have a lever on your lens that, when mounted on the camera, will keep the aperture open until you fire. That allows viewing in the brightest light. Then that aperture arm is allowed to close to what the exposure setting the camera determines when you click the shutter. You should be able to take off the lens and easily move the aperture arm and have it snap closed. If it takes a few seconds to close.. then the lens has oil on the aperture blades or the grease inside the lens is bad. These days, unless is it a very expensive lens it's replacement time. Canon lenses will fit any Canon (except Fd) film or digital camera.

Canon T70 35mm... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

Nice little rangefinder, but it's 30 years old. If you can wind the advance and the film is not moving you have a big problem. They are really not repairable, you can find them pretty cheap, but remember they are 30 years old.

Minolta hi-matic... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

A Minolta X500 is a 15+ year old camera. The shutter arm is stuck in the winding position is an indication that the shutter mechanics are broken. Repair would be way more expensive then picking up a used model. Minolta has dropped out of the camera business, some older Sony digital cameras can use their lenses if you have a number of them. Zoom lenses are usually what comes with most camera kits.

Minolta... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

If your door to your battery compartment is broken, there are no parts left to repair it. Film cameras go for dirt cheap used. As long as the camera works, you could tape the door shut. The batteries should last for many months, so taping would be your only option.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

You have a film camera, you should have AF lenses. The AF lenses are larger round then older manual lense as you can have the older Minolta lens will fit the newer cameras, just not auto focus. If your AF is not working with AF lenses, I will assume you have power to the camera (batteries) These camera are not hard to use. To AF the camera, press the shutter down slightly (you can try without film) and it should focus on the center of your shot. Indoor and under low light, they will have trouble with these older AF bodies.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

Minolta Maxxum lenses fit certain Sony digital cameras. Check this site as it depends on the specific model.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

There are some wide angle lenses that will hit the mirror and not allow it to move correctly. Wide angle lenses go further back on the film plane, so they can't be used with that camera. Try a Pentax.

Ricoh KR-5 SUPER... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

Excellent site, no ads, full manual in PDF format.

Pentax ZX-60... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

This is a Sears make for the Ricoh model of a similar name. The manual at has a battery grip. The battery grip has two contacts that provide power to the body by two contacts. If these contacts are rusted, as the camera is from the late 70's, both sides need to be cleaned or the electronic shutter won't work. So if you do not have the small grip where 3 AAA batteries fit. You are missing the battery grip. Finding one would be impossible, you would have to find an identical camera just to get that grip.

Photography | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

Your camera is not that old, for a film camera. But they are all electronic. Something in the shutter is bad (mirror going up), and is usually a sign of a dead camera. Repair is impossible and inprobbable. You can pick these up for $40. This mode can use all the newest fancy lenses. I would check the contacts and the battery. If the contacts are clean... it's dead.

Nikon N75 35mm... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

There are contacts that "read" the film. Try cleaning them. If that does not work, check in the manual where to make the ASA in manual mode. That means ever time you load film, you have to check to make sure your ASA of the film matches the camera. If that work, you are good to go. These cameras are from the 90's.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

A Mamiya 645 pro is a heavy camera. The lug nuts are bolted inside. If they are broken off, the camera need to be opened and repaired. That can get quite expensive. You can go on line and get prices via E-mail. It may get into the $200 range depending on what they have to pull apart. The $200 may include shipping, labor for film cameras is expensive. You may be able to give it to a camera store, but most likely they will just ship it to a repair facility. An with pros leaving film far behind, hopefully parts are still available. Check out the have been around a long time.

Photography | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

Vivitar is no longer in business, they just sell their name to add to merchandise. They are usually simple cameras but should take some sort of battery. There should be a side button to pop the back open. The film should lie flat equal to the end of the take-up roll. There should be a device on the back cover that pushes the film on the take up roll. There may be a button to turn on the flash (if it has one) and a lever to go to TELE. Not much else, point and shoot.

Vivitar... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

That is a 90's camera, that is a SRL digital. So if the viewfinder goes dark, the mirror is stuck up. You have a dying camera and pulling the power resets is. Not much you can do to a camera that old.

Minolta Maxxum 7... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018

I would try this place.

or contact the manufacturer. Tripod parts are pretty hard to find. Its not worth it for the companies to sell parts, plus many companies have folded due to the loss of film cameras and now digitlal SLR sales are drying up.

Photography | Answered on Feb 20, 2018

These use two of the L44 common button battery. The + sides of the battery (flat) goes towards the body ... the bump goes towards the battery holder. Check the contacts on the body and where the threads (-) contact the body. Not voltage, no work. Assuming you have 4 different batteries, can you check the batteries ? One bad one of two will not allow voltage. I have bought new button batteries that were dead right from the package. Strange two cameras are dead. They have electronic shutters. The LED should light up in the viewfinder when the shutter is slightly pressed.

Konica Minolta... | Answered on Feb 20, 2018

According to the manual you have 4 electrical contacts. I would suspect one on the body is not working to fire the shutter. Try a eraser on the FA body winder contacts. If not, I would say the body has the problem.

Nikon FA 35mm... | Answered on Feb 20, 2018

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