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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


Nice camera !

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.

. 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.

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.

Nvm mind i lied, it cloes the arpature greatly

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

. 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

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


11 years ago

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.