I recently purchased a Minolta XE-7 that is in beautiful condition. After having owned and used many cameras, this camera is near or at the top. I am surprised how good its viewfinder is. Overall, for a camera that was introuced in 1975, it seems quite advanced. It is very well crafted, and handles nicely. The shutter is the quietest I have heard. Currently, the only Minolta lens I have is the MC 50/1.4 (third generation version). I have read that the MC 50/1.4 is an excellent lens. How good is it up close--at two feet or even closer? Also, does the mirror lock up when the self timer is used? So far, I am really enjoying this camera.