As I posted in the wrong part of the forum earlier, (sorry guys), I picked up a used Minolta X-9 before Christmas and we are still waiting for the film to come in. The owner manual that came with it is for the X-300 camera but everything reads and looks the same But, my question should be pretty basic, I hope. With no film loaded into the camera, do they have some kind of lock on the film advance lever and shutter? Reason I ask is because I finally got the batteries and got them installed, everything lights up inside the view finder but the film advance lever will not turn and the shutter doesn't activate. It makes sense to me that there would be a lock on this if there is no film installed to keep the alignment in place, but still would like to make sure. Didn't see anywhere in the owners manual where it says so though. Thanks for any responses.