Minolta X-370: Left side of image washed out

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by mailbox, May 22, 2005.

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    mailbox Guest

    In this exposure taken with my Minolta X-370
    http://cpacker.org/a1.jpg
    something obviously is wrong with the left side.
    Is it a shutter problem? I did a search on
    this newsgroup and several people have had
    problems with their X-370 shutters, but in
    those cases one side of the image was dark.
    In my case it looks like overexposure.

    I don't use the camera that much, but this
    time I took a single shot every day for a
    digitization experiment. In about a third
    of the shots the band at the left is visible
    to some degree.
     
    mailbox, May 22, 2005
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  2. That does not look like a shutter problem, it looks like a light leak.
    Take a close look at the rest of the roll, especially those exposures close
    to the one shown. (BTW was this exposure one of the first few on the roll?
     
    Joseph Meehan, May 22, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Flare, reflection, but most likely a bad film door seal letting the dark
    out.

    If you leave the camera in a well lit place, then it will be most
    susceptible to a small light leak. Get the film door seals looked at
    and replaced of neccessary.
     
    Alan Browne, May 22, 2005
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    Ric Trexell Guest

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    It looks like a dirty shutter to me. If you notice the area has a nearly
    straight edge. The closing curtain is not closing fast enough in that area.
    It appears to hang up a little. I suggest you get it cleaned. RJT.
     
    Ric Trexell, May 22, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    Just look a the EDGES of the negatives/slides. If it's a light leak,
    it will go beyond the frame, if it doesn't it's a shutter problem.
     
    chrlz, May 23, 2005
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    mailbox Guest

    Okay...looking at the negatives, there's no darkening beyond the
    frames, so it must be the shutter.

    Since the X-370 is probably the only film camera I'll ever own
    (assuming there's no Hasselblad in my future), it would be worth it to
    me to spend the money on cleaning it, I guess. Anybody know a good shop
    in the Washington,DC area?
     
    mailbox, May 23, 2005
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