Wow, you really have been shooting Minolta for a while. Have you always shot Minolta, or ever get into anything else?
I bet that X700 is one hell of a camera.
The size of this Pentax is amazing. It is probably as small as the current Oly 400 series. It is WAY smaller than the 40D, and a bit shorter and narrower than my Minolta AF.
Sorry for the picture quality, my wife has the Sony P&S in Iowa, so I'm stuck with the iPhone.
Quite a while, Jason.
First camera? A box Brownie "hand me down" which saw action in the Western Desert (not with me I hasten to add).
Yashica Lynx-14 (second hand), leaf shutter, coupled-rangefinder with 50mm f1.4 fixed lens.
Then Minolta SR-3 (second hand) and never looked back, never needed to I guess.
Here's my (titchy) X-700 next to the A700 for comparison.
I had to look up what titchy meant. ;)
Not that I haven't said it enough already, but look how the design of the new Alphas is just a modernized version of the X-700. Shutter on top, tiny grip that doesn't go all the way to the top of the camera. I'm not sure if that is good or not, but it is interesting.
It look like we have 50mm primes in 4 different mounts represented between these two pictures, seems like a bit of a fetish.
I actually have a Minolta Hi-Matic 9. Coupled-rangefinder, fixed 48mm f/1.7 lens. But the leaf shutter was jammed, and instead of paying the camera shop $50 to fix it, I think I broke it the other night. I think it was only $20 off ebay, so no big loss. It never worked for me, but what a nice little camera. According to what I have read online, the lens was excellent on it.
I follow the Hi-Matic pool on flickr, and sometimes even contribute (although my non-rangefinder Hi-Matic AF is really a P&S and doesn't deserve the name Hi-Matic). People do some amazing work. There is a guy on there that goes by Mojokiss. He takes images with a Hi-Matic 7, which is the older version of my 9. He does serious flash setups thanks to the fact we still use the same hot-shoes and pc ports today, and does shots like this:
Amazing work for a nearly 50 year old camera.
Jason I just have to ask, what kind of subliminal message is going on in your picture! A Canon and a Pentax with a bottle of lighter fluid in the back ground hhmmnn, what are you tring to say! LOL
Ha. I was trying to fix the aperture on the Pentax 28mm f/2.8. Nice thing about a stuck aperture is that you can still shoot wide open.
Originally Posted by seanhoxx
Then I tried to use the lighter fluid to fix the shutter on the Minolta Hi-Matic 9, and got it stuck open instead of stuck closed. Further disassembly seemed to kill it.
Hmmm! Solvents such as naptha and lighter fluid always leave an oily residue.
Originally Posted by laydros
Use isopropyl alcohol instead?
Or Acetone if there's no plastic around.