viewfinder spots, lint ect.(Minolta xe-7)

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Manooga, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Manooga

    Manooga Guest

    I just bought a mint condition minolta xe-7 and it is perfect besides a
    couple of microscopic spots in the viewfinder and like one piece of
    lint. My question is 1.are spots and lint inevitable?? Being OCD I
    tried to blow and clean it off but no good. 2.Can a camera shop clean
    the viewfinder panel?? 3.Or is it just bound to happen no matter
    Manooga, Mar 8, 2011
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  2. Manooga

    K W Hart Guest

    If you can get in to it to blow/clean it, then more dust/lint can get in
    later. It is possible that a camera repair shop can clean it, but few shops
    are "clean rooms", so it's possible that instead of cleaning, new dust/lint
    might be installed.

    In the Canon FX (and possibly other cameras), the pentaprism is held in
    place by a brass strap with a couple pieces of cork glued to the brass. The
    adhesive over the years attacked the silvering on the pentaprism. Many Canon
    FX's have two spots in the viewfinder at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions that
    look like a big piece of lint. The repair is expensive. Your Minolta could
    have a similar issue: the problem might not be dust/lint, but a fault in the
    silvering of the prism.

    My advice is to live with it!
    K W Hart, Mar 8, 2011
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