Removed lock on Minolta CLE shutter speed dial

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I thought other users of Minolta CLE cameras might be interested to know of my recent modification to my own CLE. I have always been bugged by the fact that the CLE does not offer metering when in manual mode, and having to meter then either transfer indicated settings to manual or use the exposure compensation dial, which has an interlock. So every time I wanted to move off "A" I had to stop and find the little silver button that would permit the dial to move.

Having sent my CLE to Don Goldberg for a CLA, I asked him to see if it would be possible to remove the locking device on the dial, so I could add +/- compensation without removing the camera from my eye and fooling with the interlock. He did so, after telling me that the mod is not reversible. My biggest concern was that I'd wind up with a dial that was too loose, and which would easily be bumped and change setting. In practice, I found that the dial has enough "stiction" that it doesn't move too easily. When I'm not in the midst of shooting, I can glance at the dial to confirm that it's where I want it to be.

I thought other CLE users might profit from knowing of my experiment.
 
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