*XG-1* Cleaning old battery acid from the cover?
I got this XG-1 untested with a 50mm 1:1.7 SR lens and have confirmed it works, but I had to make a minor adjustment to the film advance as the alignment was just a bit off. Other than that, it worked great at first after adjusting the shutter; I think my tests did it, or it was tripped up and I got it super cheap over that alone. I did a film test with a suspect roll of Kodak Gold 200 as it was not film tested (I didn't trust random film, specially from a vintage SLR). But there is damage from the leaky batteries in the battery cover that was there before I got it, from batteries which were never removed.
(The reason I was okay with trashing the unknown Kodak Gold 200? It's grainy, and I usually shoot Fuji 400 or Kodak professional stock, plus nor do I know when it expired/what's on it).
Vintage camera note: if anyone is worried that I inadvertently handled a "Mercury battery", I highly doubt it - even then unless it's leaking, they're like lead paint; harmless unless you intentionally do damage to them, to the handler. The ocean and landfill on the other hand suffers. Those were banned or were being banned when the time the XG-1 came out, so Minolta used LR44/AG13/357/etc. batteries in the XG series. Trust me, I had that worry since the mercury battery was so common for metering in film SLRs. But generally, it seems like most mercury battery SLRs only used it for metering, not function so you can just ignore it.
How do I clean this without damaging the battery cover? I can get them, but I'd much rather avoid trying to chase one down for such a old camera.
@danj the acid was neutralized but the nickel plating was damaged in the process. I shouldn't have an issue right?
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