Woho in the USA repairs Minolta MF bodies?

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    I'm thinking of getting a XD-11, but want to be sure and get a model that parts are still available for and if there's a good shop in the USA that can work on it if it needs anything.
     
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    If you want something that most people can work on, you should probably stick with an SRT-101. While the XE-7 and XD-11 are nice cameras (and fairly solid), if they develop any electronic issues you're SOL.
     
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    There's a Canon FD guy, a Konica guy, an Olympus guy, a Pentax guy, but alas, no Minolta guy. You might be able to get service from a smaller repair shop but if anything really went wrong, you'd be better off getting a new one.
     
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    Where can I get a new XD-11?
     
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    From under some dead guy's bed in NYC. He bought hundreds of 'em and never used any.

    Or you can get a "new" one from eBay. As in, new to you, replacing a defective or dead one. It's not rocket science.

    :smile:
     
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    Of course buying another is no guarantee of getting a better version. I am of the opinion that if it is a "worthy" camera then it would be worthwhile renewing it.

    In any case I too am interested to know who is the goto Minolta guy or gal.
     
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    I've got an XGA just going to waste. I googled an an XD11 and it looks pretty much the same--junk. Not worth working on. A STR101 would be better; that is if you like Minoltas. Personally, I don't care for any of them. But I can work on them. Outside of a Pentax ES or Nikkormat EL, electronic cameras are something that doesn't inspire hope in repairing.
     
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    I think you're thinking of the ****RARE**** cameras.
     
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    Some of us do care hence the title of the thread . . . Minolta MF bodies.
     
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    Well, like I said, I can work on the SRT's, but am not a trained tech. I thought about taking this XGA to a mall and standing there trying to give it away.
     
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    Unfortunately it seems the autoexposure only cameras - like the XG-A, are not appreciated much.
     
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    I know who the Pentax and Nikon F2 guys are, but who are the Canon FD and Olympus guys?
     
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    You mean like the Nikon EM and Pentax ME? Yeah, I don't care for those either.
     
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    The Olympus guy is John Hermanson Camtech Photo Services who did a great job on my Olympus FT.

    I may have heard - but have not yet used, that John Titterington may be a Minolta guy although I am not sure if he works on XD-11 specifically. His website is Camera Tips.
    Another that I have seen - but alson have not used, is Garry's Camera Repair.
    Of course we all KEH when we're buying cameras but they also have a repair center that I have not yet used either.
     
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    But in between the EM and the FG-20 Nikon put out an underrated FG with a great feature set including full manual and TTL too.

    They all pretty much made a fully automatic SLR that performed very well for the P&S crowd. I mean I keep my Olympus Epic because it's a great full auto P&S that is actually pocketable.
     
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    I have used Garry's Camera (www.garryscamera.com) for CLAs of my Minolta bodies (including an XD-11), and was very happy with his work, but he hasn't had to do any repairs.

    I've seen John Titterington (JTCamera@aol.com) highly recommended for Minolta manual focus repairs. He is also an ebay seller.

    Go into the Flickr Minolta Manual Focus group and ask the question. There is a member of that group who others have recommended highly for repairs.
     
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    + for John Titterington, very good communication, fast turn around
     
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    Drop an e-mail to MCR.com Midwest Camera Repair http://www.midwestcamera.com/classic.html

    OR check out this manufacturer notice at http://ca.konicaminolta.com/

    Mark