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All electronic cameras have an internal battery to keep settings intact. Most are not easily replaced.

Minolta... | Answered on Aug 22, 2020

Use a maxxum 3 manual it is the same.

Minolta... | Answered on May 24, 2020

Cards are action cards to do special things and are avalable on ebay
And some dx lessons on the dx code and how you can make your own codes for non dx coded film.




And buying dx coded film that might or might not be expired:


Hopes this helps a little. It is a fine camera and I wish everything would be like the minolta brand , the computer does a lot and i still like to have a mirror in my camera. Enjoy the fun of REAL photos not digital. I wish you and your loved ones joy this Christmas season.

Your friend,


Minolta... | Answered on Nov 02, 2019

To repair this camera will be well over $100; my opinion not worth it. You would be better served purchasing another camera of the same type from ebay. An alternative terrific camera is the Pentax K1000, better yet K1000 SE. The SE has a split viewfinder, easy to focus. The K1000 have microprism that are more difficult to focus with especially in lower light; need good eyes. Then there is the Pentax K2, that at the time was their top of the line camera. All three cameras can be purchased for about $100-ish. Most will come with the Pentax 50mm f/2.0 lens.

Minolta... | Answered on Jun 26, 2019

Since no repair parts or info is available to the public all you can do is have the factory exchange it or replace it.

Minolta... | Answered on Jun 06, 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 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

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

Search the internet (don't forget about specialized forums) for a well reviewed Sony/Minolta repair shop.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018

This camera was introduced in 1985. It is highly unlikely that anyone would envisage it being still in use 40 years later.

Minolta... | Answered on Jan 04, 2018

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