minolta xe-7

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  1. electricalperson

    electricalperson TPF Noob!

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    i recently found one of these cameras in the basement. the shutter doesnt work and it needs to be cleaned. anyone else have one of these cameras? i want to get it fixed and working. it was my fathers
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The XE-7 was one of Minolta's finest cameras of that time. Made to look, feel and act like a Leica R3 (Leitz collaborated with Minolta), the XE-7, as it's known in the USA, can be repaired at a qualified shop. We have another thread here dedicated to repair shops.

    Good luck.
     
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    electricalperson TPF Noob!

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    is it worth getting fixed?
     
  4. christopher walrath

    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You could replace it for $30 or $40 from the right source. A lot less than even a simple CLA. Two things to check though. And here's why.

    First, make sure you have fresh batteries. The camera has a battery check on it. There is a lever on the side of the camera body beneath the film rewind crank. Press this lever down and the red light should illuminate if the batteries are good.

    Second, and I only suggest this as I was given an XG-1 as a 'junk camera' because the shutter wouldn't advance so I thought a capacitor had fried. But I was fiddling with it on Friday and I noticed that the edge of the shutter curtain was not perpendicular to the bottom of the shutter frame inside where you load the film. It was cocked a bit so I took the end of a ball point pen and lightly pressed the one shutter curtain over to the side and it slid over on the spring's tension. Then I pressed over the other curtain and it slid over on its spring tension as well and the mirror popped down. Not a junk camera anymore.
     

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