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Minolta XD-7 making metallic sounds

Discussion in 'Film and Vintage Forum' started by remmler3000, May 10, 2019.

  1. remmler3000

    remmler3000 Member

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    Hey guys,

    I've already posted a thread a few days ago saying I wanted to get a filn camera. I got a Minolta XD-7 (XD-11 in US) for 80€. Now everything seems to be working except some smaller inconveniences that don't really bother me. But there is one thing that is really bugging me and I don't know if it is normal or if I could fix it.
    When I press the shutter release it makes this metallic *clink* sound that I did not hear when I used my friend's AV-1. Is that normal with this camera or if not - is there a way to (easily) fix it?

    Thank you!
     
  2. BriPriUK

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    It shouldn't sound like that, and it's probably serious. The most likely cause is the mirror, coming loose or with a damaged seal. You should be able to see it if take the lens off and set the shutter to 'B' and press the release.

    HTH

    Brian.
     
  3. remmler3000

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    Thank you for your answer. I checked again in Bulb mode and the sound appeared when the mirror snapped back not when it opened. Does that change anything or does it confirm your suggestion?
    Also, I bought it online from a seller where I can return it and I probably will if the sound is not normal.
    Anyway, do you have any secret tips (that you maybe wouldn't think of - like the metallic sound) when physically looking at a film camera (Minolta XD-7) to test if everything works properly? Apart from shutter speed, apertures, looking through the viewfinder, ...
    Does mold also typically appear in the camera body or is it rather exclusively in lenses?
     
  4. BriPriUK

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    I'm afraid it looks bad, something has come loose and I think it will only get worse, so you should return the camera.
    The only way is to feel and listen to the camera - it should work smoothly at all speeds, and there should be no catches in the wind-on gears. Fungus only affects the lenses, I wouldn't buy anything with a worn or dirty body.
    Good luck with the next one :)

    Brian
     
  5. chaz

    chaz Always on Honorary Life Member

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    Check youtube for Minolts XD-7 XD-11 shutter sounds
     
  6. remmler3000

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    Thanks, didn't think of looking for it on Youtube. Now I can be sure that my sound definitely does not sound healthy.


    Hello again,

    I've now got a Nikon FE and unfortunately the sound is occuring again. But I think I've discovered that the noise that bugs me isn't coming from the mirror itself but rather from a little spring that has something to do with the mirror snapping up and down. I attached a photo of it.
    Is there a way, to get rid of this sound? Put a little bit of foam on this spring thingy?

    Thank you
     

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  7. Roger S

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    That little springy thing you pointed out in the image is a lever that controls the aperture of your lens. It mates with the projection on the back of the lenses when they're mounted to the camera.
     
  8. remmler3000

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    Thank you for your answer.
    Do you think this could be causing the metallic sound and is there anything I could do to fix it? Or a specialised dealer (and how much would you think it would roughly cost)?
     

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