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Hexar Black AF needs circuit board
Old 11-01-2016   #1
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Exclamation Hexar Black AF needs circuit board

The circuit board on my Hexar Black appears to have failed. The power will not stay on.

Would anyone happen to know where I can find the part? I've searched throughout the US and no one seems to have it.

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Old 11-01-2016   #2
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Hello Robert, and welcome to the forum.

I can't help, but let's hope someone can soon.
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Old 11-01-2016   #3
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Try Nippon Photo Clinic in NYC if you haven't already. Otherwise, try to find a junker Hexar and salvage the part.
Above all others the black Hexar is the one camera I wish I never sold. I had Leica stars in my eyes and used the money to buy my first M2.
If you can't find the right part, sell the dead camera to someone here. I want to stick that lens in a mechanical helical to shoot on my M4. (Although it would be more time and cost effective for me to just buy another Hexar.)

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Old 11-01-2016   #4
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All, thanks for your responses, but please help keep this thread on topic. I did reach out to Nippon Photo Clinic btw, with no luck.

Is there anyone in Europe or Asia that might have Konica parts?
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I can't vouch for him personally, but I've been hearing about a Konica repair guy named Greg Weber for many years. He repairs only Konica photo equipment. His web site is here:

http://webercamera.com/
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Johan Niels may be able to help.

http://www.johanniels.com/index.php/...compact-camera
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I can't vouch for him personally, but I've been hearing about a Konica repair guy named Greg Weber for many years. He repairs only Konica photo equipment. His web site is here:

http://webercamera.com/
Greg is indeed the Konica guy, but he wasn't able to repair my Hexar AF (original black version) for lack of parts. Robert's might need something different from mine; just be aware that in general parts for the Hexar AF have been a problem for a while now.

Kenko-Tokina seems to still maintain a repair service for old Konica-Minolta products in Japan, but the web page includes a warning that parts may no longer be available for some products:

http://www.kenko-tokina.co.jp/konicaminolta/index.html

Perhaps Bellamy Hunt can advise on availability of parts or repairs in Japan:

http://www.japancamerahunter.com/ser...amera-repairs/
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Old 11-02-2016   #8
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My wife's Hexar seems completely dead too (i.e. it says nothing at all). What a shame, she used it rarely but made great shots with it.

What do you mean with "The power will not stay on" ? Is the display lighting up and then goes off again? Seems like a failure of a passive part. If I had yours and be able to get to the circuit board I'd just swap everything that looks like a tantal/elco cap

that said I'd love to see the schematics of that camera but I had no luck finding one.


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Old 11-02-2016   #9
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If you're good with a soldering iron, this is the most in-depth guide I've seen to fixing a bad Hexar PCB: https://jabcam.wordpress.com/2016/08...from-the-dead/

Sadly most dead Hexars stay dead after Kenko-Tokina ran out of parts in 2015. You could also buy another and keep yours for parts. Good luck!
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By not powering on, I mean the camera is completely dead -- as though the battery were removed. I've replaced the batter twice -- no dice. On a few occasions, the camera would power up for a few minutes then die out. Harry of Camera Max Repair of Glendale, CA (who I highly recommend) says the main circuit board has gone bad. He doesn't have the part and can't locate it.

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My wife's Hexar seems completely dead too (i.e. it says nothing at all). What a shame, she used it rarely but made great shots with it.

What do you mean with "The power will not stay on" ? Is the display lighting up and then goes off again? Seems like a failure of a passive part. If I had yours and be able to get to the circuit board I'd just swap everything that looks like a tantal/elco cap

that said I'd love to see the schematics of that camera but I had no luck finding one.


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Old 11-02-2016   #11
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I emailed Bellamy this morning. Meanwhile, do you happen to have an email address for http://www.kenko-tokina.co.jp/konicaminolta/index.html? The site's in Japanese and I cannot find it using Google Translate.
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Greg is indeed the Konica guy, but he wasn't able to repair my Hexar AF (original black version) for lack of parts. Robert's might need something different from mine; just be aware that in general parts for the Hexar AF have been a problem for a while now.

Kenko-Tokina seems to still maintain a repair service for old Konica-Minolta products in Japan, but the web page includes a warning that parts may no longer be available for some products:

http://www.kenko-tokina.co.jp/konicaminolta/index.html

Perhaps Bellamy Hunt can advise on availability of parts or repairs in Japan:

http://www.japancamerahunter.com/ser...amera-repairs/
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Sent him a note.
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He was the first person I contacted, and unfortunately doesn't have any more.
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I can't vouch for him personally, but I've been hearing about a Konica repair guy named Greg Weber for many years. He repairs only Konica photo equipment. His web site is here:

http://webercamera.com/
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If you're good with a soldering iron, this is the most in-depth guide I've seen to fixing a bad Hexar PCB: https://jabcam.wordpress.com/2016/08...from-the-dead/

Sadly most dead Hexars stay dead after Kenko-Tokina ran out of parts in 2015. You could also buy another and keep yours for parts. Good luck!
That is actually very cool information there. I just checked - mine has a different problem. The motor driver ICs get their voltage.
I wonder if the problem with mine is similar tho.
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Are there any possible parts sources outside the US? I think I've pretty well exhausted the ones that are here.
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Meanwhile, do you happen to have an email address for http://www.kenko-tokina.co.jp/konicaminolta/index.html? The site's in Japanese and I cannot find it using Google Translate.
They show only a toll-free telephone number for use within Japan. That was the reason to try Bellamy Hunt.

The Kenko Global site has a contact page:

http://www.kenkoglobal.com/support/contact.html

FWIW, they say look at the FAQ before inquiring, and FAQ #6 is:

Q6: Can you directly support about returns and repairs from oversea?
A6: So sorry, we can't directly support. Please contact our distributors or shops you bought.

But lonemantis' post upthread about Kenko-Tokina running out of parts sadly noted.
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Is there anybody in Europe, the UK, Australia or the Far East that might carry parts?
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I may be stating the obvious, but the Hexar has been out of production for about fifteen years. It was not a big seller. Konica Minolta ceased support on its cameras on December 31, 2010---nearly six years ago.

Here's a link to an attempt at a DIY repair of a Hexar AF.

https://www.scribd.com/document/5591...ver-Grain-Labs

The writer of this blog, Bellamy at Japan Camera Hunter, mentions Hexar AF repairs being available in Japan in 2011, but by 2015 no longer so. Today he offers a conversion to M mount for the Hexar lens.

http://www.japancamerahunter.com/201...-in-the-world/
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