Quote Originally Posted by crystalclear View Post
I accidentely posted this thread in the 35mm section so I've moved it here.

I just bought a very nice Hi-matic 7s. Its in like new condition, except for one thing. The diaphragm ring for setting the aperture just spins around the lense. The shutter speed ring works fine though. Unfortunetely, the camera is permanently set for completely open aperture. I've tryed finding info on how to take the lense assembly apart, but it looks complicated and I'd hate to destroy such a pretty camera. The ring just slides around like it isn't even linked to the aperture at all.

Is it worth repairing,is there any way I could still use this camera the way it is? Could I just leave it at a high shutter speed and just use appropriate speed film? Any suggestions?

Thanks!
I note
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Superb-Minolta...QQcmdZViewItem
that examples of this camera can be had for about 25. I don't know this camera, the problem with yours is almost certainly that a pin which links the aperture to the ring has sheared off. I'm sure it's fixable, it will certainly cost twice what the camera is worth. You could use the camera the way it is, but this would be very inconvenient. Even with ISO 25 film, you would need an exposure of 1/2000 in bright sun and a lot of subjects would need more depth of field than you would get at f1.8. Easiest and cheapest solution - look out for another example of the camera.