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I just got a Minolta XG-M Its a little dirty but works fine, is there anything I should check for. Also what type of external shutter thing would it use? It came with: Body Kit lens 50mm 1.4/f Extra lens 35-70mm 3.5/f w/ Macro 1:4 1:7 UV[0] Skylight[1B] Any tips for cleaning I already cleaned the lenses with a micro-fiber cloth but the mirror and body is dirty. Also is there anyway I could get a manual

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safebat (author)2008-12-28

Didn't read all the comments, but have one older than this a 202. Silver press button is depth of field preview and lever is timer set. The circle in viewer is split halves allows you to line up on a linear edge in pic and when edges are joined correctly, you're in focus. Been using my 202 for 30 years, just went digital this year. Have fun with it.

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NachoMahma (author)2007-07-25

. I think the lower button opens the apeture all the way when you push it in. Helps when focusing with a big f. . . Do NOT use compressed air on the mirror! Use a camel hair (or other very soft) brush. You can find them for a few bucks at most places that sell cameras.

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acer73 (author)NachoMahma2007-07-25

I don't think it opens it all the way, it darkens everything greatly. I would never use compressed air on the mirror, I used my lens brush on it.

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acer73 (author)acer732007-07-25

Nvm mind i lied, it cloes the arpature greatly

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HamO (author)NachoMahma2007-07-25

I think the lower button stops the lens down to the f-stop the lens is set to for a depth of field preview.

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NachoMahma (author)NachoMahma2007-07-25

. Oh yeah, I think the top button is either a timer or an auto-exposure lock. . . And I really do know how to spell aperture. heehee

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instructa-fan (author)2007-07-25

used that canned air crap (not air freshener) I think its called air duster er' sumptin' funky like dat...

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acer73 (author)2007-07-25

Oh yes but there are mysterious buttons that seem to have no functions. What about cleaning the mirror and focus screens. When i am looking through the view finder is the spot meter supposed look crazy until its in focus.

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Weissensteinburg (author)acer732007-07-25

And make some image notes around the buttons you don't know the function of.

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acer73 (author)Weissensteinburg2007-07-25

Thanks so mystery button 1 is a self timer but thats not the same camera as mine let me look around . . . Okay is a "Stop" button, i've only heard this has somthing to do with pushing the film

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acer73 (author)Weissensteinburg2007-07-25

Is was a "Stop Adjustor" I though a "Stop" had somthing to do with pushing or pulling film

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Weissensteinburg (author)acer732007-07-25

nonono, the stop is how exposed it is. See my photography instructable...the terminology section for info on stops (apertures and shutter speeds)

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acer73 (author)Weissensteinburg2007-07-25

Oh i have no idea what that button does then cause the arpeture is on the lens and the shutter is on the little dial

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Weissensteinburg (author)acer732007-07-25

look crazy? Are you talking about the circle around the center of what you see in the view finder? If so, then yes...it's supposed to help you focus.

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acer73 (author)Weissensteinburg2007-07-25

okay that what i though, i've never had a old camera like this before.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-07-25

Rubbing alcohol and q-tips are great for cleaning the exterior. But if you don't have much experience with it, then I would take in the body for internal cleaning. You shouldn't need a manual for it, most of the old 35mm SLRs are the same, control-wise. I'll see if I can scan a handout from my old photo class that labels all the controls.

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