Problem with Minolta 400si film SLR

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  1. bchase

    bchase TPF Noob!

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    Hello, new here and I hope this is the right forum to post this, here goes.

    I have had a Minolta Maxxum 400si for several years now, a couple of years ago it just locked up with "help" in the message window. Manual says that is a film rewind motor issue and to take battery out.

    However, I read online how that can be a host of other issues.

    Bottom-line is I can't seem to figure out if this is incorrectable or if it's not how to fix it, or if it is, is anything left valuable like the lens?

    I just thought I'd throw this out and see what you folks might know. I have very little camera knowledge :(

    Thanks!
    Barry Chase
     
  2. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Did you pull the battery out (in effect resetting it)? What were the results?
     
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    ZedU54 TPF Noob!

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    ...you might also try asking around on www.dyxum.com/dforum; that is a website dedicated to Minolta Maxxum/Dynax and Sony Alpha users...you're right; according to my 7xi/700si repair manual, the 'HELP' indication points to the film wind/rewind system, but it can also point to something being amiss with the shutter/mirror system. However, if the film winding system locked up, I'd look there first...
    ...and your Maxxum lenses should work on a Sony Alpha DSLR (when Konica-Minolta got out of the camera business, Sony bought the rights to the Alpha name, which Minolta had used for the Japanese domestic market, and the Alpha/Maxxum/Dynax lens mount), but with a 'crop factor' of 1.5. This means that you have to multiply all of your lens focal lengths by 1.5, so if you have, for example, a 70-210mm f/4 'Beercan', it effectively becomes a 105-300mm...
     
  4. bchase

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    Thanks I'll try there too.

    I did pull the battery out, and left it out for long periods before re-inserting. Each time it powers up normally (battery shows full), there's a P setting it identifies (again what it normally did) but almost immediately it makes a whir noise (kind of like it's checking for film loaded) and locks up with 'help'. At that point it will not shut-down or respond in anyway unless I remove the battery again.

    I remember the first time it did this, I was half-way through a roll of film and had taken several pictures, but nothing abnormal was happening when it started, it just sort of locked up during or after a shot.. And hasn't responded since then.

    Thanks!
    Barry
     

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