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Old 02-04-2012   #101
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I bought a 101 with a 50 or was it 58? 1.4 on a whim around 5 years ago. In the 70's when I was in secondary school, I used to get Amateur Photographer every week and look over the ads for all those old school cameras. I badly wanted to buy a minolta but couldn't afford it. I was only 12 at the time.
After messing with it for a couple of weeks I sold it. Huge disappointment, build quality was superb but the viewfinder was dismal. Dim and hard to focus.
It's not just Minolta's though. I had the same feeling with Spotmatics. I of course had younger eyes back then but having been spoiled by using all the pro Nikon bodies and latterly the Leicaflex, these old minolta, pentax, canon, yashica etc cameras remain memories to be looked back on with rose tint specs.
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Old 02-05-2012   #102
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I have read Internet reviews that criticise the sensiswitch. I have never had a problem with mine and I find it a useful feature. It well placed to activate easily while shooting. I like it because I can leave the power switch turned off if I want to walk around with the lense cap off. That way the meter isn't being constantly activated and there is less battery drain. If I want to take a shot, I just press the switch on the front of the body while shooting. This will only work in manual metering mode however. In automatic mode you must have the power switch turned on. The shutter on my XK also feels smoother than the XE7. I have no problem at all useing the XK at 1/15 sec. I did buy a new AE finder for my XK because I found that the aperture window in the viewfinder wasn't well illuminated in my old one. That may be something to watch out for.
Thanks for the additional info on the XK.
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Old 02-08-2012   #103
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Finally, I can join you guys after 10 days registering this forum in hell. Ok, I just want to say hi and hearing your experience with minolta.
Well, I lost a like new XM in ebay deutschland bidding, what a crazy crush ever. 160 to 361 euro in 1 minute.
Anyway, I am just return to my XD7 and Srt102, and seem like it's enough for me.
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Old 02-08-2012   #104
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Here is one more Minolta SRM story. Fred used to travel the country for CAR&DRIVER magazine. He told me he would stand in the center of the racetrack, and two 200mph racecars would come speeding by, within feet of him on either side. He would shoot continuously with the SRM and the legendary 21mm F2.8 MC Rokkor. He traveled in a fully-accessorized custom motorhome, and even had enlisted the services of the Chef who worked for Pink Floyd. He said he went through cases of 35mm Kodachrome, shipping it right out after each event. He never saw the finished chromes until they appeared in the magazine each month.
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Old 02-16-2012   #105
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Hey Guys,

Look what I just bought, for when my Wife & I go out, and photograph the Herons and other birds, at the local parks. The Minolta 400mm F5.6 Apo Rokkor-X, and the matching Minolta Apo 2X Teleconverter. The price is good, and it's from a known dealer, that I have bought from before.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/280819056957...84.m1423.l2649

This will give me an 800mm F11 with high optical quality (no purple fringing). I am stoked to get it. 800mm should be plenty of telephoto pull, for getting tight closeups. This is going to be fun.
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Old 02-17-2012   #106
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Nice! And with a tripod collar too! Wow! Good shooting!

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Old 02-20-2012   #107
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Just got vivitar series 1 70-210 komine made 55 usd from ebay. When I see it in front of my eyes, I cant believe I have searched for it 3 months, and now it comes to me in very good condition with that price.
Should I cry now, or wait until I get my XD7/XD5 to complete my photography studying gear?
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Old 03-13-2012   #108
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Kyonthinh,
Congrats on your new gear

Sunday was warm and Sunny, so my Wife and I went birding. Great opportunity to wring-out my new 800mm F11 Apo-Rokkor. Took a Manfrotto Monopod, and a medium Manfrotto Ballhead. It worked very well, but I think I will prefer a heavy tripod for this arrangement. Afterwards we went for BBQ chicken wings and draft Guiness. It was a very productive trip.

Got some fantastic closeups of Blue Herons building their nests, on Fuji Presto 400 B&W. Used my ringneck-lizard covered SRT101. No issues at all with using this equipment. The new Apo lens is a delight.
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Old 03-13-2012   #109
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I bought an SRT-101 with a 50 1.7 PF at the swap meet a few weeks ago for peanuts. I ran a roll of film through it and got some wonderful shots back. The body and meter were really a pleasure to use. I ended up passing it along to an APUGr for a few $ more then I paid just so I didn't start buying up a bunch of Minolta lenses to go along with it. Though frankly, I don't think I'll ever be able to pass up a reasonable deal on another—provided it's in good working order at least.

That Vivi Series 1 you got Kyonthinh, it will be a great lens. I'm always surprised at how little they sell for. I've found 3!! at local swap meets and have yet to pay more then $30 for one. I even got one for $10... gave it to a friend as a gift.
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My Minolta glass is now pulling double duty. I now have the adapter to use them on my E-PL1 and they are still being used on my Minolta bodies..
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I bought an SRT-101 with a 50 1.7 PF at the swap meet a few weeks ago for peanuts. I ran a roll of film through it and got some wonderful shots back. The body and meter were really a pleasure to use. I ended up passing it along to an APUGr for a few $ more then I paid just so I didn't start buying up a bunch of Minolta lenses to go along with it. Though frankly, I don't think I'll ever be able to pass up a reasonable deal on another—provided it's in good working order at least.

That Vivi Series 1 you got Kyonthinh, it will be a great lens. I'm always surprised at how little they sell for. I've found 3!! at local swap meets and have yet to pay more then $30 for one. I even got one for $10... gave it to a friend as a gift.
Yeah, I know it will be a keeper.
I dont know what's wrong with this world, sometimes you see one for crazy low price, sometimes it's very high. But you must have luck all the times. And I see that many people who's forgotten what Minolta was at that time, with the price they sell Minolta lens.
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Old 03-31-2012   #112
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Very Nice, Clayne!

For those who might be interested, I found an original lovely Minolta brochure on the "MD" Rokkor-X era glass, on flikr. (Well, I know -I- am interested). I have the 35mm F2.8 MD, the 50mm F1.4 MD, and the 400mm APO/2X APO combo. Lots of good info in the brochure. Enjoy....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/4255924...7623537958859/
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my lovely srt 101

My first serious camera was this Minolta SRT 101 which I bought more or less 40 years ago, too many! The book on the background of the photo is not casual: in one of the first pages Annie says that the SRT 101 was her first camera. I like the idea we had something in common (unfortunately not the talent!). A few days ago I was feeling nostalgic and tried to use this camera again, but with a few problems...if interested you can read the story in my blog.here. It was a great camere and...it was a great time...

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Picked up this black paint 101 off eBay. Got it cheap because of some issues but had them fix within a couple of hours..



srT101 by Colyn's fotografs, on Flickr
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I part exed an OM1 for an SRT 201 back when - could not get on with the tiny controls .
Bought one of the last clearance 101b which has had little use , and added a boxed 1st type 101 in chrome [ cross head screws ] plus black 101s with both cross head and later phillips screws .
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I finally got one.........a MC Rokkor-X 50mm f/3.5 Macro lens.. I've had the 1:1 converter for years but no lens..
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I just got the MD 50/3.5 Macro with with 1:1 ring. Can't wait to use it.
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I just got the MD 50/3.5 Macro with with 1:1 ring. Can't wait to use it.
I'll be using mine on my Minolta cameras as well as my Olympus E-PL1 micro 4/3 camera...
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Hi Robert,

I enjoyed looking at your blog. You should get your SRT overhauled, likely after forty years it will need a good cleaning inside. BTW I just received the Annie Leibovitz book you show in your digipix. Annie was also my hero growing up, so it will be fun to read about the early exploits.

I have always noticed that a few of my bodies are a bit "loose" when attached to certain lenses. I'm now sending the worst of those to "Mountain Dawg" out in Durango, Colorado. For $80 he will -completely- strip the body down, and clean everything thoroughly and completely adjust everything. If he does a good job (and I have every reason to believe I'll be delighted, with basically a like-new camera) I may have a few more bodies for him to do over time. And, he says there is a "flat spring" (type of assembly that I can see inside the lens mount) that can lose it's spring tension over time and heavy use. Easy to replace with a good one (he has plenty of good parts to pull), while doing the complete disassembly. He says you won't believe how clean and bright the viewfinder can be.

I have the original Minolta repair manual, but I'd rather have an expert do all this work for me.
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Thank you Nokton48. After Easter time I'll check how my old but not too old X-700 works. In case of any problem I'll bring both camera for a cleaning and checking in a appropriate laboratory (I'm very bad in manual operations!).
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Well, I've just got my two srt-102, but now I want one more. Is XD11/7 well worth the money when compare to srt 102?
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Well, I've just got my two srt-102, but now I want one more. Is XD11/7 well worth the money when compare to srt 102?
Yes! My XD7 is my go to film slr: solid and smooth with a great viewfinder. I bought an srt because it had the 50mm 1.4 lens attached - although I'm sure its a great camera, it does not have the same ergonomics as the XD and has never got a look in.
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Yes! My XD7 is my go to film slr: solid and smooth with a great viewfinder. I bought an srt because it had the 50mm 1.4 lens attached - although I'm sure its a great camera, it does not have the same ergonomics as the XD and has never got a look in.
Thank you very much. I will wait in ebay for one.
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Not an SRT of course. Still in use,love that 1.4 Rokker.
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Well, glad you got them, I didnt use my macro lens since I've bought it.
How can the XD7 is so expensive now, more than 50 euro for one? Lol.
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