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Old Mar 22, 2010, 3:53 PM   #1
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Hi guys, newbie here so go easy haha!

I have recently acquired a minolta dynax 500si SLR film camera.

The problem I am having is the film will not load properly I have tried and tried and tried but no joy.

Any of you guys had a similiar problem or got any advice?

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Old Mar 22, 2010, 4:19 PM   #2
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If you don't have the manual, check here:

http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/...html#si_series
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What do you mean by "will not load properly"?

Have you tried a new battery? Your camera uses a 2CR5 6 volt Lithium battery.
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You'll find film loading instructions on Pages 20 and 21 of the .pdf file for part 1 of it's manual (both parts are available on the page TCav linked to). Here's part 1:

http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/...nual-Part1.pdf

Here's part 2:

http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/...nual-Part2.pdf

But, if it's not trying to load the film when you follow the procedure, I'd probably try a new battery in it as a first step, especially if it's been sitting up for a while unused.
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After closer inspection and trials it sounds as though the motor than turns the film has given up, It has a brand new battery installed, load the film, turn the camera power on, the shutter noise happens and then it sounded like a relay/click and no noise from the motor driving and a flashing 0 appears... any thoughts?
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You may want to try carefully cleaning the contacts in the battery compartment to see if oxidation may be the culprit (not getting a good enough electrical connection to let the motor pull enough current). I'd also do the same thing for lens contacts in case an electrical connection there could be the culprit (and remounting the lens a few times may help to clean them from friction, too).

Otherwise, your best bet would probably be to get another one if it's going to need repairing, since the repair cost would probably exceed the camera's value. It looks like you can pick one up in Excellent condition in the U.S. for around $31 USD from what I can see of current prices at keh.com (and they have a 60 day warranty on used gear).

http://www.keh.com/Product-Details/1...0/MA02/FE.aspx

But, I don't know if U.K. prices would be similar or not.
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Thanks Jim, all electrical connections look clean and in good condition.
Just re-cleaned them and gave it another try.... same problem. yes a repair is going to be more expensive than a replacement here too 15-20 on ebay.

I have a colleague that is very sharp on electronics, is there anything I could try to fix myself if I start taking it apart?
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I dunno... it would probably be more trouble than it's worth if it needs something like a relay or motor replacement.
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Just brought a used but excellent condition body off ebay for 12.00 so hopefully will be sorted when its delivered, thanks for your comments Jim
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Any chance you can load the film yourself? Maybe manually engage the leader into the spool?
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