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Minolta srt-101 problem
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Sep 27, 2012 22:25:45   #
These seem to lose the light meter before anything else and I can't find anything that explains how to repair them. Anyone have any tips to share on what to look for?
Thanks, Frank
Sep 27, 2012 22:40:29   #
sinatraman (first to hit 1k posts)
the older cameras require mercury batteries which are not made anymore. you also might google minolta repair manuals see if you can locate one.
Sep 27, 2012 23:22:11   #
BHC (a regular here)
fhayes wrote:
These seem to lose the light meter before anything else and I can't find anything that explains how to repair them. Anyone have any tips to share on what to look for?
Thanks, Frank

If it's just the meter battery, you can buy an equivalent Wein battery that will provide the same odd voltage, but contains no mercury. Your local or major on-line dealer can fix you right up - and at a price considerably below the national debt. Good luck & enjoy your SRT-101; it's a great camera.
Sep 27, 2012 23:48:28   #
sinatraman wrote:
the older cameras require mercury batteries which are not made anymore. you also might google minolta repair manuals see if you can locate one.

I have a 101. My first camera. I sold my digital while awaiting a new one. Vacationed in Maine with a battery that I bought at Radio
Shack about 6 weeks ago. They had an equivalent that worked perfectly. In fact it was the same battery that worked in a Minolta that I bought 15 years later.

It was great going back to a match needle.
Sep 28, 2012 06:06:09   #
Thanks but it isn't the battery. I just bought a Journal with service notes that has the info on what to check. Seems like there is an over ride switch that is a good place to start!
Sep 28, 2012 06:44:04   #
Hey Mr fhayes - I just wish I could help. I'm delighted to hear of someone using a Minolta SRT 101 in 2012! The SRT 101 (58mm f1.4 lens)was my first serious camera bought in 1966. I still have it sitting right beside me now, proudly on display in my office (with a bunch of Rokkor lenes) - I will never let it go. It still works as well as the day I purchased it & I must have taken a million shots with it as I carried & used it all over the world for years. I was so proud of it (and still am). Just hearing about it brings memories flooding back.

I still have the original case (hardly used) & the original user manual. Unlike todays camera manuals, it runs to only approx. 15-20 pages.

Sincerly hope you get it up & running again - wish I could help.
Sep 28, 2012 07:04:39   #
ZNEB240 - When I read your note about the Minolta SRT101 I just about cried. the 101 w/the 1.4 lens was the first good camera I ever owned. Bought it while I was in the Navy in 1969, I think. I took some great pics with it while deployed aboard the aircraft carrier -JFK. It dissappeared while I was shipping my grear home from the Mediterranean.
Sep 28, 2012 08:55:07   #
I also have a Minolta SRT 101. Though not my first, it must be just as old. It still works, as well. The Minolta family were my go to cameras for 30 years. I especially like the X-570s. I still use them on occasion. With a piece of big glass they are quite hefty, but that's comfortable. The simple controls are a delight compared with the half billion decisions you must make shooting with a DSLR. But you can't beat the quality of image that is now possible with high res digitals.
Sep 28, 2012 08:59:50   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
If the needle is stuck at the top of the screen, you will have to likely take the top plate off of the camera to fix it. The needle is likely stuck in the foam bumper (foam turns to goo after a number of years). Sometimes a sharp rap will free it, other times not. That is what the problem is with my SRT 101... If you don't want to do the repair, just get a hand held meter.
Sep 28, 2012 16:11:08   #
I recently looked up meter repair for the 101. A common failure, not easy to repair because of the very fine wire involved. Parts may no longer be available. Nice camera, use a hand held meter.
Sep 28, 2012 16:27:32   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
Here's a link to some repair tips for this camera...Meter is a little over halfway down the page...
Sep 28, 2012 21:20:48   #
fhayes wrote:
These seem to lose the light meter before anything else and I can't find anything that explains how to repair them. Anyone have any tips to share on what to look for?
Thanks, Frank

Hi, I had a 101 for years and its light meter quit. I took off the bottom and found a loose wire. Delicate soldering fixed it for a while.
Sep 29, 2012 12:07:01   #
great info.
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