Minolta MD 35-70/3.5 Infinity Focus

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by andy_collins|1, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. I picked up a Minolta XD-11 with a Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 lens (the 2nd version) off of eBay for $34.95! The camera is in decent cosmetic condition and works beautifully, and the lens is in decent cosmetic condition, with no haze or fungus. The only problem is that it won't quite focus to infinity. Is there a way to fix that, or will I have to send it in or pay much more for another copy? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. SCL

    SCL

    If that one is the Minolta/Leica design, I'd say have a pro look at it. I had a similar issue with a Tamron in a similar range, and all it required was a minor adjustment...but the repairperson told me that he had seen some where owners had disassembled them to relube the helicals and reasembled them but joined the pieces back on the wrong thread of the helicals, which prevented infinity focus.
     
  3. If it's a minor adjustment I'd get it serviced. If not these lenses are quite reasonable used.
     
  4. Any recommendations on who to send it to?
     
  5. SCL

    SCL

    Sorry - no experience with Minolta repairs, perhaps somebody else will chime in.
     
  6. Be sure it's the lens and not the camera. The mirror could be off-angle. If you have access to another Minolta lens, see that it will focus to infinity on the camera.
     
  7. I checked John; it does the same thing on my XE-1, XD-11, and X-570. I don't have that problem with any other lens on those cameras.
     

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