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    Lens stuck in Minolta X-700

    I was looking around and Googling, but I can't seem to find a solution for this. I just got my grandpa's old Minolta X-700 for my birthday. Everything mechanically works fine, takes pictures and such. The thing is, the lens (Minolta 50mm f/1.7 MD) will not come out. I push the release button, it turns counterclockwise until it hits this black thing (sorry for the lack of proper terms), but it won't pull out. Is there a way to fix this?

    If it's something I can't do myself, any repair shop suggestions (Twin Cities area or send in)?

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    It might help if we knew what "this black thing" is. Posting photos might help too.

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    It's the Mounting Control Ring. Also, I noticed the lowest F-Stop it can go to is 4. Attached some photos.
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    You should first push the lens release button. While you keep it released, you rotate the lens until the red bubble is on the top of the lens, under the O of Minolta so to speak. Then you can extract it. That's the theory. If you are doing everything correctly, then the only thing I can think of is the aperture lever somehow bent or the camera lever which closes the diaphragm somehow stuck. I would try to move the aperture ring, take a picture, push the stop-down button, see what moves, what is stuck. While keeping the stop-down button pressed, turn the aperture ring for its entire span to see if it moves freely.
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    The red dot cannot reach the the center, the aperture ring hits the mounting control ring before it can. Dumb question, but what is the stop-down button? Can't find anything in the manual; I'm new to film cameras.

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    Somehow the aperture slider managed to get on the wrong side of the actuater. The actuator is the tab on the lens at the "11" mark. Viewed from the front the tab should be left from the slider pin not right as visible in the second pic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Look at your photograph #3, it is the round chrome button on the camera body right across from the red dot on the lens.

    See for the instruction manual. If you download it and find it useful, please send him a check for $3.

    Steve
    Oh, so it's the same as the lens release button?


    Quote Originally Posted by ath View Post
    Somehow the aperture slider managed to get on the wrong side of the actuater. The actuator is the tab on the lens at the "11" mark. Viewed from the front the tab should be left from the slider pin not right as visible in the second pic.
    Well that's bizarre... Any possible way to reverse it?

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    If you look at the front of the camera, stop down button is the square black button at the lower right of the lens.

    The bad part of this situation is there is no access to the back of the lens from the back of the camera. The screws in the mounting flange are covered by the lens mount. So. Anything a technician can do, you can do.

    I would try inserting a very thin screwdriver(1-2mm) or hobby knife blade between the edge of the tab(it's plastic) and the lens, and gently pry upwards while rotating the lens. The meter coupling ring on the body and may flex enough fo it to ride over the coupling on the lens.

    If a repairman does that and breaks it, the lens is removed and the ring replaced. if you break it, the technician is one step closer to finishing the job.
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    Maybe a surgically-minded technician can open the shutter in B mode and operate from behind, in a prostatic-style way
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    If you look at the front of the camera, stop down button is the square black button at the lower right of the lens.

    The bad part of this situation is there is no access to the back of the lens from the back of the camera. The screws in the mounting flange are covered by the lens mount. So. Anything a technician can do, you can do.

    I would try inserting a very thin screwdriver(1-2mm) or hobby knife blade between the edge of the tab(it's plastic) and the lens, and gently pry upwards while rotating the lens. The meter coupling ring on the body and may flex enough fo it to ride over the coupling on the lens.

    If a repairman does that and breaks it, the lens is removed and the ring replaced. if you break it, the technician is one step closer to finishing the job.
    That did the trick! Didn't break anything either. Thanks everyone so much!

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