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    Help! what does this mean?

    Today I got 283 photos developed and scanned at a shop, when i look at the photos around 60% of them have this strange 'glare' mark in the same position at varying strengths:



    I am using a minolta x-700 with a range of about 4 different lenses so i doubt it is the lenses fault,
    How is this caused and what can I do to fix it?
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    That looks like a light leak from the camera back. There are usually foam light seals that go all around the door that need to be replaced periodically. It's not a difficult repair, but as long as you'll be sending it in, it's a good time to have a general CLA (cleaning, lubrication, and adjustment) done on the camera.
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    It means there's a very slight light leak, and caused by the shutter probably when the films being wound on and the shutter re-cocked, it's a service repair.

    Extremely unlikely to be a seal, cloth shutters develop this fault where one curtain drags during re-cocking.

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    If it's a light leak, you'd expect this band to run across the negative from end to end, including the sprocket holes. Whether it's at the same position may depend on where the leak is, for example near the take-up spool. If it's a shutter problem, you'd expect it to show only on the exposed area within the film gate, and possibly at different positions on the frame depending on (i) the shutter speed and (ii) direction of the shutter travel.
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    I'm thinking its a light leak because the band runs right to the end of the film strip-including sprocket holes
    I'm also getting the end part of the photo double exposed, like this:


    How much does it usually cost to get that fixed?

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    That seems to indicate the shutter curtains again,it may not be a big job but repairers usually have minimum charges. In the UK that tends to be £50 ($75) but the US is generally cheaper.

    This is a known fault with Minolta cloth shutters.

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    It could be multiple problems. Light leaking into the sprocket holes visible on the negs, outside the live image area, would be from the light seals. If it's within the image area only, it's the shutter. Overlapping frames are the result of a film transport problem, if that's what your double-exposure issue is, but it could also be a sluggish shutter as Ian suggests, which could be addressed in a standard CLA.
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    Does the camera have the window in the back that allows you to see the film cartidge?
    Replace the seals, it's cheap enough, then test the camera.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    Does the camera have the window in the back that allows you to see the film cartidge?
    Replace the seals, it's cheap enough, then test the camera.
    It doesn't have one.

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    Getting another, working X700 body would be less costly than repairing
    the one you have. They are plentiful and don't cost much. Minolta made
    them up until only about 10 years ago so there are still plenty of mint ones
    around.

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