My husband and I have been lucky enough to pick up some family cameras. I'm borrowing a Canon FTb from my mom (originally my grandpa) and my husband has a Minolta XE-7 from his dad. We've had to put off our excitement while my camera gets a little loving. The Canon needed to be fully re-foamed and had quite a bit of dust built up. We had been expecting the Minolta to be in better shape as my father-in-law had really cared for the camera. But, we're having issues with the film advance lever. The lever doesn't seem to pull all the way to the right. The shutter doesn't seem to work either, but I suspect that has to do with the lever as well. We're both brand-new to SLRs and we're worried we are skipping over some basic aspect (like a safety switch or something.) If anyone is familar with Minolta or with issues like this, I would love to hear about it. We may end up taking it to the shop regardless, but, we're also low on money so we'd rather find a cheaper solution, if there is one.