Problem with my old manual Minolta

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Frederic Dazet, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Hello,

    I've been experiencing some problems with my manual Minolta SLR camera
    It used to happen to only 2-3 photos/roll, but now the problems occurs more
    and more often (75% of the roll)....

    Half of each photo i take is blacked out, as can be seen at
    It's getting pretty annoying....

    Feel free to inquire more if you need more info to pinpoint the problem

    Frederic Dazet, Jan 20, 2004
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  2. I've no idea what pastes the little white squares over your faces <G>, but
    it looks like your flash it out of synch. Either your shutter speed is
    faster than your flash synch speed, or your shutter needs adjustment.

    Paul Riemerman
    Paul Riemerman, Jan 20, 2004
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  3. Frederic Dazet

    Geezer Guest

    It appears that there is still a dark image on the left of your photo,
    suggesting the problem is incorrect timing of the flash sync. This could be
    confirmed if the problem doesn't occur on outdoor pictures? GQ
    Geezer, Jan 20, 2004
  4. Frederic Dazet

    wharvey Guest

    That is possible but it could also be a mechanical problem with the camera.
    I had an XD-11 that the film advance quick working correctly. I would get
    several frames per roll that were composed of partial images from 2 or more
    shots. Kept getting worse. Also my X700 started having shutter problems.
    Had to have the camera cleaned, seals replaced, etc. Older cameras can
    start showing their ages and need a bit of maintenance every once in a
    wharvey, Jan 20, 2004
  5. Hello again,

    thank you all for your replies.
    flash sync problem, huh... how much (approx) can that cost me to repair?
    if its another mechanical problem with the shutter, how much can that cost
    me to repair? i know it can vary a lot, just give me a range of prices.

    Frederic Dazet, Jan 20, 2004
  6. Frederic,

    If you've just set the wrong flash sync speed, set the correct one. That
    will cost you zero.

    The shutter works like this - at least on older cameras: the two shutter
    curtains travel across, one opening and then the other closing. when you
    wind on to the next frame, the shutter curtains both return to their
    starting postions.

    On my old X-700, the fastest it can go is 1/60 - in other words, at that
    shutter speed, the leading curtain is fully open before the trailing curtain
    starts it trek across. That's why that is the flash sync speed. At faster
    speeds, the trailing curtain just starts across before the leading one has
    finished its trip. At 1/125, for example, the trailing curtain starts when
    the leading one is only half way across, in order to decrease the opening
    time of any one part of the image to half of the actual shutter _curtain_

    That sure looks like what is happening in your photos. If you've set the
    speed too high, there is no time when the whole shutter is completely open,
    so you cannot make a full-frame flash exposure.

    If, on the other hand, it needs repairs, take it in to a camera store and
    get an estimate. Then you can decide what to do. Last time I needed repairs,
    I got intelligent information about whether it was worth doing, etc.



    Charles T. Low
    - remove "UN" - gallery - essay (equipment is neat, but it's really all

    Charles T. Low, Jan 22, 2004
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