Minolta XG-M shutter/meter problem

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Brian, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Hi,

    My rather ancient XG-M has developed a strange quirk. The shutter
    often fails to fire, but this behaviour is random. I have shot 36
    exposures with no problems. And then, suddenly, it fails. I have
    noticed that there seems to be some strange tie-in with the meter.

    When looking through the viewfinder, the LED on the meter scale jumps
    up, all of the way to the over-exposure arrow. When this happens, the
    shutter will not fire. I have to then turm it off and on and off and
    on, which may or may not help. I fiddle with the ASA dial and the
    shutter speed dial. Usually, nothing helps. For some reason, it will
    work again, sometimes after it has been sitting idle for a while. I
    have installed brand new batteries, but this has not helped. I just
    cannot figure it out.

    I know that there have been other posts about old Minolta equipment,
    but I didn't see one that matched mine. I guess I am wondering if I
    should pay to get it fixed. I have had the shutter fixed in the past,
    and I am not sure it is worth it to spend more $ on it.

    My FM shoots half frames at 1/1000 of a second, but that is another
    story...

    Brian
     
    Brian, Oct 21, 2003
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  2. That sounds like a mechanical problem, like a dirty switch. If it was
    electrical, it would likely not be intermittent.
    That, of course, is up to you. Just opening it to look can cost a fair
    amount of money. If you like the camera, spend the money. Otherwise,
    buy new.
     
    James Robinson, Oct 22, 2003
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  3. Brian

    Ian Guest

    Brian,

    I had a similar problem with my old XG-9. All LEDs flash in sequence
    or no LEDs light at all, then all seems OK until the shutter fires and
    stays open - destroying the previous shot by light damage.
    I paid more than the camera was worth for professional investigation
    which, unsurprisingly , found no fault. (I have no criticism of the
    technician - intermittent problems are very difficult to trace.) First
    roll after full service - fine. Half way through the second, the
    problem occurs for 3 shots in a row, then OK again!
    Sadly, the decision to replace had to be taken. I deliberated
    replacing with a like machine to drive existing lenses but had
    concerns that any replacement may be just as troublesome. It seems
    such a shame to stop using equipment (lenses) which I have been happy
    with for many years, but that is what I feel forced to do.
    I have taken the plunge with some Zeiss lenses and Contax gear and am
    still wondering whether the quality is any better than the old Minolta
    gear. BUT, it does seem to expose consistently!
    Good luck with your decision.
    Ian
     
    Ian, Oct 26, 2003
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