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MInolta x-300s film camera - shutter will not work

Hi, My camera has been in storage for a long while now and yes, I forgot to use the shutter during this time. Now, when I press the shutter, the light meter comes on, but the shutter will not release. I've tried putting a film in, but alas - no change. I waqs quoted £128 to have it fixed, so I refused and bought another on ebay for £20. This behaves in exactly the same way *groan*. Is there anything I can do to get my camera(s) working again, or should I just resign myself to a broken camera and an ebay refund?

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  • Felton Sep 01, 2007

    I believe the ebay thing was a genuine mistake - the seller has already agreed to sort it all out when he gets back from holiday. He sounded genuinely upset when he found out. We'll see.

  • Felton Sep 01, 2007

    Sorry - yes Crazy Larry - one of my first thoughts was the timer, but no dice - it's off.
    Thanks

  • Felton Sep 13, 2007

    Poolseman,

    A thousand thanks for that - it worked a treat. Sorry about the delay in replying, but capacitors and the equipment to replace them are not things I have easily available. Luckily I have a local branch of Maplin, where the capacitor cost 12p and a colleague who trained as an electrical engineer and so, is a marksman with a soldering iron. I wish I'd kept the second camera now, but with a full refund on offer, it was too big a gamble.

    Thanks again.

  • Felton Sep 13, 2007

    Poolseman,

    I keep on clicking the 'Solved' link, but nothing happens - I want to give you credit for this but the technology is working against us.

  • Felton Sep 13, 2007

    solved!

  • scooter2 Nov 27, 2007

    I'm not sure which model I have, but I bought it around 1995-96. After about 2 years, I changed the film outside. That film when processed was black except a small strip at the top. The louvers (I'll call them that for lack of a better description) were half in and half out on one of the sides. I carefully placed them on the lens side (or inside). I don't think I ever tried them the other way (door side). Is this what it might be or how can I get it fixed. I am about 45 min to a hour from larger cities. Thanks in advance for anything you may can help me with.

    J Simmons

  • pangolin Jun 01, 2008

    hi there , I have the same problem with my x300s , I have had it for a short while it was working fine , then I have had it stored for a few months , now I need to use it it seems like the shutter is stuck , all the lights work as normal , what can be wrong , can anyone assist me here.

  • Worawat Mar 15, 2009

    I've got the same problem. The shutter stuck for 1 year, and last week, I just got it to repair at a camera store(880baht about 24$). Yesterday I loaded film as manual said and shot photo until frame 26 and stuck. What happened? I remembered that I turn it portrait and pressed the shutter then the mirror stucked(shutter curtain closed),should I rewind and unload or get it for a refund?

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Remove bottom cover ( 4 screws ) and find small shutter release capacitor ( 6 v 220 microF ) and replace it. These older capacitors start leaking after 8 years and have to be replaced. Make sure you get the polarity and specs right when you are putting a new one in.

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I had the same problem with an X-700 and poolseman solution was the rigtht one.

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Oh what luck you have.. sounds like a very common problem if you bought one with same problem. make sure the timer is not on... oh ask for a refund ,,,sometimes people dont mention little problems on ebay and looking to get rid of junk.... good luck Sad but true

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