Minolta X-700 Shutter Release Problem

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Narayana Ayyagari via PhotoKB.com, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. My 12-year old Minolta X-700 has started annoying me with the weirdly
    behaving shutter release. I tested with new batteries. But of no use. The
    shutter some times fires and some times it would not.

    But I noticed that either I had to wait or hold the button pressed for a
    few seconds to successfully fire another one. Even this is also not
    happening always. And the camera stops functioning completely.
    Made sure that I was not in self timer mode. Any suggestions to bring it
    back to life. Thanks.
    Narayana Ayyagari via PhotoKB.com, Mar 9, 2005
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  2. Narayana Ayyagari via PhotoKB.com

    howard Guest

    Sounds like a bad connection, have you tried using a cable
    release ?

    howard, Mar 9, 2005
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  3. Or perhaps the battery contacts on the camera are weak/dirty......
    William Graham, Mar 9, 2005
  4. Sounds like you are having a problem with the capacitor (more likely) or
    transistor (less likely) that fires the shutter. Probably needs a trip
    to a repair shop.
    James Robinson, Mar 9, 2005
  5. I had a similar problem a couple of times with my X-570. One of the times,
    I was in England, went into a local camera shop, and the guy behind the
    counter fixed it in 5 minutes. The other time, I took the camera to a large
    camera store here in the Atlanta area and got the standard 2 week/$75

    It was a mechanical problem both times. I'd speculate that you're having
    the same problem, and that a *good* local camera shop could put things right
    in 5 minutes.

    Kyle Boatright, Mar 10, 2005
  6. This is a known issue with older X-700s-- there's bad resistor that needs
    to be replaced. If you're handy with a soldering iron, you can fix it
    yourself for the cost of the part, about a dime. Otherwise, figure on
    $100-$150 at the repair shop.

    Patrick Cleburne, Mar 12, 2005
  7. Amazingly, a pal just gave me his X-700 to see what was wrong, and it is
    doing exactly what is described here. I have two of these gems -- working
    perfectly -- and I enjoy them. He just wants me to get what I can for his.
    It's in lovely shape, not used much, except for that problem. It comes with
    the 1.7 normal lens. Worth anything as a parts camera?
    Ken Rosenbaum, Mar 12, 2005
  8. Parts cameras often sell for $30 to $50 on Ebay. The trick for higher
    value is in the condition of the camera, and the description provided -
    and simply timing and luck.
    James Robinson, Mar 12, 2005
  9. Narayana Ayyagari via PhotoKB.com

    Ric Trexell Guest

    It is not a resistor but rather a capacitor. It is on the bottom over to
    one side. If you want to replace it, go to Yahoo groups and join the
    Minolta X-700 group and look up the directions. Ric.
    Ric Trexell, Mar 13, 2005
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