Minolta Maxxum 450si - dark images through view finder
I have a 10 year old Maxxum 450si which has always worked well. I have used the camera in the past week and this morning went to use it when I found the image dark as I viewed through the view finder (apeture not opened?). The camera attempts to focus, but I cannot get the camera to take a photo. I have removed the lense and replaced it. I have removed the battery and then reinserted it. I did notice that the preset ring is at 4 o-clock which another post suggested is wrong. Could this be the problem? If so, how do I fix it?
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To see the picture you want to take on the screen, your camera needs to have a feature called "live view". I'm not sure if your camera has that feature. It's a relatively new feature on more expensive cameras. Check your owner's manual.
it's just okay to store with the lens on the camera, but it's better to have a camera body cap and front and back lens covers on the lenses with cases stored in a dry place with batteries removed from camera.
for the finder i would suggest a soft rubber eye piece accessory that fits on the finder.
I no the older Minolta's had an aperture problem the pictures when zooming out after they were developed were very dark. But inside and wide angel shots always came out nice I had to have the aperture base plate replaced on my Minolta Maxxum 3000i my point and shooter, I wish this helped but it sounds like something different in your case it also maybe the aperture acting different in your camera than it did in 1 of mines.
Lens fully closed so viewfinder is dark and secondly your auto focus will not work either in this condition ( not enough light reaching the sensor at the bottom of the mirror box ).
Problem is the aperture control mechanism called 'the base plate set' situated next to the mirror box in the body , which is faulty.
This can be repaired but requires removing of the mirror box so that you can access the small drive which has a faulty gear and which drives the aperture mechanism. I charge +- $150 to repair this common problem.
The aperture ring is the right diagnosis. The aperture mechanism has a broken piece that can be repaired by a competent repair shop for under $75. There are no parts available for Konica Minolta cameras since Sony bought them - the part can be rebuilt.