If I may be so bold...

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the APUG Community' started by 51D7H3K1D, May 5, 2013.

  1. 51D7H3K1D

    51D7H3K1D Member

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    Hello everyone!
    I'm relatively new to film photography since I was born in the digital generation. I'm eager to learn and love the idea of developing my own pictures, which I will be able to do at my school's dark room. I bought a Minolta X-700 that came with the 50mm kit lens and two Quantaray's zoom lenses (a 28-80mm and a 75-200mm). I'm currently shooting through a roll of old color film that was in the bag just to test the camera settings and get a feel for it, but after that I will be shooting B&W so that I can develop it myself! I've read some great stuff on APUG already and I'm excited to be a part of it. :smile:
     
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    Hello 51D7H3K1D (?) and welcome to APUG.
     
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    Welcome, and if you mean by "kit lens", the Minolta Rokkor 50mm 1.7 is exceptional.
     
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    Thanks guys. 51D7H3K1D translates to Sid The Kid. haha and Im not sure if it is that lens Klainmeister, It doesn't say Rokkor on it anywhere. It reads "MD 50mm 1:2 JAPAN o40 MINOLTA"
     
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    I have some of the so-called better camera ever made (Nikon, Leica, Contax). A few months ago my father visited some semi-estranged family members in Cleveland, including an old aunt. When she heard from my dad I'm a keen amateur photographer she gave my father to give to me a two-body Minolta kit that was my late great Uncle's. An SR-1 and an X-700. My great uncle used the kit to shoot the LA Olympics years ago for some local papers. Using the kit I'm thrilled by the performance of some of the lenses.

    Welcome!
     
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    Hello and welcome to APUG!! :D
     
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    Good to see you. Make sure you post some examples of your first roll.
     
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    Welcome to APUG from another X-700 user.
     
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    Hello and a warm welcome to APUG!

    Jeff
     
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    That f2.0 aint bad, either. I really like my x-700. You will too.

    Welcome to film and welcome to apug!
     
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    Welcome to APUG, Sid!!
     
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    Happy Minolta trails, Sid. The Minolta and Pentax manual focus stuff is underapprecated, now that Nikon and Canon so dominate the current camera media.

    The X-700 has a capacitor problem, as do all the X-570, 370, and 300 cameras. Look for an older body for a safer long term back up for your minolts glass. Some of the 80's third party glass was not great, but the oem primes are really good.

    Pleased you are dipping your toe into the analog pond.
     
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    Here are a few pictures from my first roll. It was an old roll of color film that happened to be in the bag with my camera. Who knows how old it was, but I blame myself for any poor images. As you can see I have lots of learning to do! I included some of my favorite shots (the flowers) and embarrassing ones (dark, out of focus trees). Thanks for all the welcomes everyone!
     

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    Welcome aboard and welcome to film Sid. I get the l33t spelling but lots of folks won't. I

    I don't know that particular model but Minolta stuff in general is good. If these have known issues with capacitors dying you can pick up an older manual SRT model for just a few dollars usually and use it with all your lenses.

    What kind of color film was it? From the contrast it looks like these could be scans of slides?
     
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    Welcome to APUG! :D
     
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    It was ISO 400 film, T-Max I think. Not 100% sure. These images were from the disk I got when my pictures were developed, so I'm not sure how they scanned them.
     
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    It wasn't T-Max. That's black and white film.
     
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    Actually I think the tree trunk may be the best of the bunch, depending on individual taste. The main trunk is reasonably in focus and the rest out. If this was your intention, then you were successful. The effect is a reasonable expectation. If you were taking a picture of a pond, then you were a bloody failure. Cartier-Bresson would have sworn up and down that he was shooting a trunk and that he did it at the exact second of perfect lighting for that day.