Pop Your Top- Cleaning the Viewfinder for the Minolta Himatic 9, also applies to the 7, 7s, and 11.

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
I bought this camera in 1969, my first 35mm camera, and a whole Summer of mowing Lawns. I was 11.

The viewfinder had enough haze built up to make focusing difficult- last CLA was 1976. Time to clean it, I'm a lot better at fixing cameras than I was in 1976.

Tools required: Flat Head screwdriver, I used a Wiha 260 1.5x40, and a pair of fine needle nosed pliers.

This took a few minutes.

GOTCHAS:
1) The Hot Shoe and PC cord are wired to the body, and this is easy to break. Have something to lay the top on while working on the camera in the upright position.
2) The shutter release button has TWO parts, and the small metal stem can fall out into the body when you remove the top. Remove the top with the camera on its back.
3) Washers: one on each end of the rewind shaft. I reassembled the rewind shaft after removing it to keep the washers in place.

When reassembling- lay the camera and top on their side, put the two-piece release in place on the top piece, then slide the top into place.

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BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
And that is why I take lots of pictures as I disassemble a Camera or Lens!

Do you have a picture of the part?
 

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
A Gotcha: I'm preparing instructions for the much less common AL-E Minolta Rangefinder of 1965.

Before taking the top off the camera, use a marker to place a dot on the outside of the eyepiece. After 55 years, the cement holding the optic failed, and the eyepiece fell out as I took the top off. I was lucky that the cement still on the glass told me how to orient it correctly when re-assembling.
 

BrianS

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Apr 3, 2013
Unexpected "Gotcha"-

Most cameras, I use a fairly thick self-sticking "foamie" cut from a sheet from the craft department at Walmart.

Cannot use it for the HM-9: this will cause the back to jam. I ended up using self-sticking felt, sheet found at a sewing store.

The thicker foam worked for the Minolta AL-E that I just cleaned and replaced the seals.
 

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