Minolta Maxxum 7, intermittent shutter.

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by David Farber, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. David Farber

    David Farber Guest

    My Maxxum 7 film camera is about 6 years old and I've shot about 50 rolls of
    film. Intermittently, the shutter will not fire. The battery indicator on
    the rear display shows "full." This is the second set of batteries that I
    have tried so I'm beginning to think it's not a battery issue. Even more
    annoying is that the lcd display will turn off after the shutter is pressed
    and I have to power cycle the camera to get it come on again. Then I notice
    that everything appears normal again until the next time it decides to
    misfire. The other thing is that after the power cycling, the frame is
    advanced by one frame which leaves an unexposed frame on the roll. My last
    roll of 36 had at least 5 unexposed frames. I did a camera reset but that
    did not help at all. I'm not ready to go 35mm digital yet so I'd like to get
    this camera fixed. Can anyone recommend a good repair person in the Southern
    California area? I wouldn't mind packing it up and shipping it somewhere if
    the service is excellent.

    Thanks for your replies.
    David Farber, Mar 6, 2011
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    Bill Graham Guest

    I've heard a few things that sounded pretty good about Kurts in San Diego.
    Here is a link to their online ad:
    Bill Graham, Mar 6, 2011
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  3. David Farber

    David Farber Guest

    Thanks Bill, I'll check it out.
    David Farber, Mar 7, 2011
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    pbromaghin Guest

    This sounds like a bad capacitor. I know this was very common in
    models older x- series. A quick google lookup on "minolta capacitor"
    might be helpful. No matter where you take it, expect it to be $100.

    Just a couple of hours down the road, Santa Barbara has several high
    quality camera shops that should be able to handle it. Or you could
    try Dexter's camera on Main street in Ventura. That place is worth
    the trip just to see the hundreds of old cameras on display behind the
    pbromaghin, Mar 7, 2011
  5. David Farber

    David Farber Guest

    I Googled around for a bad capacitor but it appears that's a fix for the
    older Minolta cameras. I called Sony but they gave up support for the
    Minolta cameras in January. They referred me to a phone number which was a
    recorded message to a camera repair store in Connecticut. They have a base
    fee of $105. The operator didn't sound too optimistic that they would be
    able to fix it but suggested I send it in anyway.

    I called Dexter's and the gentleman that answered the phone seemed to know
    exactly what the situation was. He mentioned that they didn't service
    Minolta on site. He did say it would probably need an FPC board but good
    luck finding the part and who knows what else to get it working again. Wow,
    a six year old camera with parts no longer available and no company that
    stands behind it.

    I have a Minolta 50mm f/1.7, Sigma 17-35mm r/2.8-4, Minolta 24-105mm,
    Minolta 70-210mm, 3600HS, 5400HS flash unit, and some close-up adapters. The
    lenses are nothing special. I bought them all used except for the stock
    24-105 lens that came with the camera from B&H. Time to switch to Canon or
    Nikon? Maybe an F-100 or some Canon equivalent? Suggestions?

    Thanks for your reply.
    David Farber, Mar 7, 2011
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    pbromaghin Guest

    A quick look at eBay shows maxxum 7 bodies for $69 - 200 buy it now.
    The KEH catalog has one rated "excellent" condition for $126. You can
    still leverage the investment.
    pbromaghin, Mar 7, 2011
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