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What to check when buying used and old film bodies?

I'm not too sure about your mount questions, but I do collect working vintage gear. Here's what I do and look for... If applicable, bring a battery - There's really no excuse not to bring a fresh ...
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Light streaks leaking beyond frame of negative?

I don't know how this would fit the mechanics of the camera, but that looks like it's winding the film on before the shutter is closed. No amount of poor user-handling would explain camera shake that ...
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Is this a light leak?

Shop for a tiny LED Key Chain flashlight. It must be a design that stays illuminated once the on-switch is activated. Turn on this flashlight, place it inside the camera's film chamber, close the ...
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Is this a light leak?

Given that the artifact is vertical, I suspect your camera is leaking at either the hinge or the door latch side of the film door. Perhaps when you hold the camera, twist it slightly or even touch the ...
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Why is there blue 1" edges on developed 35mm film?

This is definitely edge-fogged film. We can’t say if the film was light-struck due to improper camera loading /unloading or camera light-leak or if the film was mishandled at the processing lab. All ...
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Which will produce a shallower depth of field: 50mm f/1.7 or 70-210mm f/4?

Depth of field calculation depends on multiple factors: captor size focal length aperture and last but not least: subject distance Using a Depth of field simulator (http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs....
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Some of my images come out with a black mark in the centre

The X-300 has a horizontal-traverse shutter (see here) with flash sync at 1/60, meaning that it takes (a bit less than) 1/60 sec for one curtain to completely move across the image area. I share Saaru'...
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What battery should I use in a Minolta XD-11?

1.35V Mercury Oxide batteries are now banned. These batteries were popular in cameras as they held a constant 1.35V while discharging which was good for accurate light meter readings in older cameras ...
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Is this a light leak?

This appears to be a light leak affecting the film roll and not the exposure path. It appears to be worse for earlier images, which would indicate the light leak is affecting the area where the film ...
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Can I remove the lens on a Minolta Hi Matic 9 to add a zoom lens?

The Minolta Hi Matic 9 has a fixed 45mm lens. It is not possible to switch lenses. Source: oldcamerareview Lens variety and interchangeability – Nope, you won’t get that either. But, if you ...
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Is Vivitar 28mm 1:2.8 lens a good lens, and what kind of things can I use it for?

Just my 2 cents. That lens looks like is a manual lens. I have a Vivitar Series 1, that was a pretty good lens, Vivitar's top of the line back in the days. But now is really quite difficult to have a ...
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Is this lens for a Minolta mount?

This is a Minolta MD lens mount. It's hard to see in your photo, but by increasing the brightness, you can see the shutter-preferred auto-exposure lug (called the MD lug) (blue arrow), and the meter ...
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How do I avoid losing images when my camera won't rewind the exposed film?

Check your camera's Owners Manual, User's Manual, or Instruction Manual to see if there are any directions for this situation. Often they will be found in the "troubleshooting" section. If you don't ...
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How do I go about fixing this strange dark line blocking my Minolta XG-1's viewfinder?

Age and heat have detrimental effects on any lubrication or seals in a camera. Heat may have caused the the substance that hold the prism in place to soften allowing the substance or the prism to ...
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What type of mount is this Soligor lens?

It is Rollei QBM (Quick Bayonet Mount) mount first introduced in 1970. This bayonet mount was used on all Rollei's 35mm SLRs, and on most of the Voigtländer VSL models. It is possible to buy a Rollei ...
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Focussing 100mm Auto Bellows Minolta lens on Bellows I with slide duplicator

Can any give me a good explanation of how this is supposed to work, or if it can work at all with a 100mm lens? If you're set on using a 100mm lens, you will need to add some more distance between ...
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What type of camera does this "Vivitar 75-205MM" lens fit?

Since the letters "MC" are stamped on the ID ring along with the other information I would think it is a Minolta MC/MD mount lens. Even if the "MC" stand for "multi-Coated" and was printed on the lens ...
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Help with Minolta lenses

I'll try to give a concise answer to make things easy. First of all, you cannot buy any lens and expect it to be compatible with your camera. The easiest way to proceed is to stick with Canon EOS ...
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Can I mount Sony A-mount lenses to a Minolta MD/MC body?

You can share your A-mount lenses with an autofocus A-mount Minolta 35mm film body, but not an MC/MD-mount manual focus one--that's a completely different mount, different registration distance, ...
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What lenses other than MD can I use with a Minolta XG-7 camera with an adapter?

I've encountered adapters that allow lenses with M42, T2, TX, and Adaptall mounts to be used on Minolta cameras with SR/MC/MD mounts. You can adapt some other mounts, such as DKL, via M42. The reason ...
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Does the Minolta Hi Matic 7 need batteries to function?

No, it doesn't require batteries, although there are drawbacks to using the camera without them. The battery powers the camera's light meter. This means you will not be able to shoot in auto without a ...
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Left Side Underexposed on Film Camera

Probably caused by a sticking shutter. Multiple possible causes... the only thing to do is have it serviced and hopefully it is something easy to fix (CLA as Hueco said). Last film camera I took in ...
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Can Minolta Rokkor lenses be mounted on a Konica Autoreflex TC camera?

Your camera has Konica Bayonet II mount, which is also called Konica AR or K/AR mount. Both those Minolta lenses use a Minolta MC mount and will not fit your camera.
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What (if any) are the differences between Minolta's SAL500F8 and Sony's SAL500F80?

Based on the detailed specifications and the results they produce they appear to be identical: http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/Sony-AF-Reflex-500mm-F8_lens310.html http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/Minolta-AF-...
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Can I mount Sony A-mount lenses to a Minolta MD/MC body?

Minolta/Konica-Minolta/Sony A mount cameras and lenses have a registration distance of 44.5mm. The Minolta MD and MC cameras use the Minolta SR mount. Those cameras and lenses have a registration ...
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Help with Minolta lenses

TL;DR: Insufficient information. Ask the seller your questions, and ask the seller for photos to help you (or others) identify the lenses. You haven't posted a lot of information (especially about ...
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Is Vivitar 28mm 1:2.8 lens a good lens, and what kind of things can I use it for?

TL;DR: You can mount this lens on a Nikon DSLR only with a "speedbooster" lens adapter. seller says fits canon 49mm. won't fit my camera since I have nikon D5500 which I think is 52mm The "⌀49mm" ...
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Can I mount my M42 and Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses on a Micro Four Thirds or APS-C mirrorless camera?

It's a good practice to use non-native lenses on MFT cameras due to short flange focal distance of MFT system. But to my mind not all lenses deserve to be used. Some will give a pale ugly picture, but ...
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Can I mount my M42 and Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses on a Micro Four Thirds or APS-C mirrorless camera?

The lenses you have should adapt and work fine. They will be longer lenses (more telephoto) then what you're used to. But your kit lens can probably cover wide angles if you need them. They won't ...
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What adapter can I use to fit vintage lenses to a Canon DSLR?

Mount adapting It all depends on the mount system(s) of the lenses. If you know what camera they went on when you bought them, that can help you get there, otherwise, you may have to try and resort ...
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