Minolta X370 help

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Stormlady, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. Stormlady

    Stormlady Guest

    My mother has this camera, and she loves it, however, it is broken.

    I'm looking for any help with what may be wrong with it. When you take off
    the lens (which as of tonight doesn't lock on) just behind the lens mount is
    a black ring. This has moved from where it should be and is kinda bent out
    of shape. I'm wondering what it could be, and how hard (expensive) it might
    be to fix. Would this interfere with the lens locking into place?

    Thanks for any help
    Stormlady, Jan 24, 2007
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  2. Stormlady

    Wayne Guest

    After doing a quick search on Ebay. You could probably buy another
    Minolta body cheaper than you can get that one fixed. There were a
    couple of X370's and X700's listed and located in Canada. So there
    would be no taxes or duties and all of the accessories she has now
    will fit. These were listing around $55 to $60. I don't know if this
    is the best way to go but it is an option.

    Hope This Helps

    Wayne, Jan 24, 2007
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  3. Stormlady

    Ric Trexell Guest

    Heather: I use the Minolta X-700 and I had to look on it to see what you
    were talking about concerning that ring. That is the aperature ring that
    tells the camera what you have the aperature set at. Old cameras that had
    stop down metering didn't have that and the lense had to be stopped down.
    That made focusing hard because you were looking through a closed aperature
    to meter. Anyway, you might be able to get that fixed for only a little, or
    you might be able to fix it yourself if you want to chance it. One thing I
    have to tell you is that if you decide to remove the four screws that hold
    the shiney metal lense mount plate on, make sure that you put the flange
    back on exactly right. You will notice that all the "catches" just inside
    that camera have a rounded end to them except one. That one is at the 5
    o'clock position and is squared off. That must go back in the 5 0'clock
    position or the next time you put on a lense, you won't get it off. If the
    screws that are holding the lense flange are there I would think the
    aperature ring should be staying in place. I really don't know for sure.
    Since Minotla is out of business, parts might be a little hard to get.
    However I learned just last night from my post above that Seagull (China) is
    making some Minolta cameras. It sounds like an easy fix so I would contact
    a camera repair shop. Ric in Wisconsin.
    Ric Trexell, Jan 25, 2007
  4. Stormlady

    Mike Guest

    It is probably easy to fix if you are not afraid of it. A few screws
    hold it in place. If you need a replacement black ring, reply with your
    e-mail and I can probably send you one from a broken X-700 that I was just
    gonna throw away.
    Mike, Jan 25, 2007
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    Jeff Burke Guest

    I know the part you are referring to and have replaced it muself on a 370 I used
    to have. In your case I recommend that you have the camera repaired by a pro and
    this is the guy I'd send my Minoltas to:

    Good luck
    Jeff Burke, Jan 25, 2007
  6. Stormlady

    Stormlady Guest


    Thanks for the offer, greatly appreciated. You can reach me at
    remove the nospam of course
    Stormlady, Jan 26, 2007
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