repairing Minolta XG1

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Allan Adler, Nov 27, 2004.

  1. Allan Adler

    Allan Adler Guest

    I've had a Minolta XG1 for a long time. When I got it around 1986, it
    wasn't working correctly: the LED's indicating light exposure were not
    functioning. It cost me about 70 dollars to get it fixed. Then I left
    the battery in for too long and the same problem appeared when I finally
    changed the battery. I found out I would have to ship the camera to a
    service center to have it repaired and pay a lot of money for it, so
    I've left it as it is. For taking photographs through a microscope,
    the LED's don't seem to matter and the same is true for photographs
    of stars, with or without a telescope. As these are the only real
    uses I have for camera at the moment, I can live with that. However,
    I recently saw the site http://www.micro-tools.com which has, among
    other things, a lot of books on repair and restoration of cameras.
    I can't tell whether any of them apply to repairing my Minolta XG1,
    but if such a book exists, I would like to know about it. I will be
    the first to agree with anyone who claims that since I don't know
    what I am doing, I shouldn't think about how to repair a camera which
    is meeting my needs, but I still think it would be interesting to read
    a book about it. If someone knows of one, please let me know.
     
    Allan Adler, Nov 27, 2004
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  2. Allan Adler

    Bob Hickey Guest

    Boston. I've had a few XGs.
    Some I fixed, some not. But, they have an extremely thin printed circuit
    board under the top cover and an equally thin wiper beneath each dial. They
    corrode quickly. Sometimes if you spin the shutter speed dial and the
    on/off/BC dial, quickly, they make contact again. I figure books take the
    fun out of this stuff. Bob Hickey
     
    Bob Hickey, Nov 27, 2004
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  3. The time it took to write this essay is worth more than that piece of
    crap Minolta XG-1. Throw it away!
     
    Uranium Committee, Nov 27, 2004
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  4. Allan Adler

    HWtn Guest

    HWtn, Nov 28, 2004
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  5. Allan Adler

    Allan Adler Guest

    Thanks. They don't seem to have service manuals or parts for Minolta XG1.
     
    Allan Adler, Nov 29, 2004
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  6. Allan Adler

    Allan Adler Guest

    You're probably right about the value of my Minolta XG-1. However,
    if I want to replace by something else, I'll have to invest a lot
    more than the value of my "essay".
     
    Allan Adler, Nov 29, 2004
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  7. Of course.
     
    Uranium Committee, Nov 29, 2004
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  8. Stephen H. Westin, Dec 1, 2004
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  9. Allan Adler

    Allan Adler Guest

    Thanks. The first two do seem to have a service manual for the XG-1.
    The exact description is:
    MIN04 - Minolta XG-1 (n), XG-A Service Manual (Factory) 121 pages (PDF)

    What does the (n) mean after XG-1? Also, should I expect this manual to
    be self-contained or will it be necessary to purchase other books in order
    to make sense of it?

    The manual doesn't seem to be available in print, but maybe that is just
    as well if the pdf file is clearer.
     
    Allan Adler, Dec 2, 2004
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