The SRT hands down. Good, mechanical camera. The XD is smaller and quieter, but I just prefer the heft of the bigger cameras. My favorite 35mm is currently the XE-7, which is a great blend of both worlds, you may want to give it a look as well.
Originally Posted by Jadedoto
If the price is right, Buy Both !
My SRT-101 is still taking a licking, if the XD-11 is still functioning properly.
Enjoy it while you can, if price is not a major concern. If your wallet isn't cooperating, just take The 101. It should still be able to provide many years of service. Some wiseguy had to go and mention the Minolta XE-7, that's a magnificent piece of machinery ! I have two that are busted, but I still use
them on the 'X' setting, and 'B' for those long exposures. It really is one of
the Sweetest Cameras ever made ! I got so excited thinking about the XE-7,
I forgot to give you an Official Welcome To APUG ! Pardon My Manners ...
Another vote for the XE-7 and I also like the SRT-101.
When the chips are down,
The buffalo is empty!!!
And while we are talking about camera's that the OP hasn't asked about - another vote for the XE-1/7.
Personally, If I wanted to have some form of meter, I would go with the XD-11. If I didn't care about the meter at all, I'd go with the SRT101
The SRT is a plain-ol' camera – one you'd see if you looked up "camera" in the dictionary. You control shutter, aperture, and focus, and that's it (though there are a few other doodads). You don't need much else, despite what many think. The fact that the batteries are not made is a plus IMO. It will force you to think harder about light and/or use a hand held meter. If you must have an in-camera meter, I'd just go for the XD-11. They are great cameras too.
You can also resolve the battery issue in the SRTs by using 675 hearing aid batteries adapted to fit the compartment. IMHO, don't waste your money on Wein cells; you are better off with one of the 1.5V alkalines, even though they provide the wrong voltage. The Wein cells are expensive, they must be replaced often, and they drift like mad IME.
I agree that the XE-7 is also a good camera.
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I like the balance of the XD11 with the MD 50/1.4, 24/2.8, and 135/2.8. If you get into the heavier lenses like the 58/1.2 or 85/1.7 I'd go for one of the big bodies.
I have recently come to the conclusion that I don't really get along with in camera meters all that well, so the battery issue doesn't matter to me any more. None of my SRT's have a battery in them. I noticed a while back that I had a higher percentage of correctly exposed negatives when I used a handheld meter, incident mostly, compared to an in camera meter. When I was younger most of my exposures were all over the map with a in camera meter as I did not realize that meters were programmed to give a reading that would average out to middle gray. So now i save a fortune on batteries since I don't buy them.
Originally Posted by 2F/2F
My XE7, on the other hand, depends on batteries to power the shutter. I don't use the built in meter on this camera much unless I have color neg film in it. Then I'll often set it to automatic when I'm mindlessly snap shooting. I choose the stop and the camera picks the shutter speed. I still look in the display to see what speed the camera picks. Works well, I hate to admit. I usually use the XE7 when I need a quieter camera or a brighter viewfinder. Otherwise my old SRTanks are my go to cameras. The XE7 is the only battery dependent camera I'd even consider owning. IMHO, it is such a good camera that I have made this the only exception to my "no battery dependent camera" rule. And the correct batteries for the XE are still readily available.
I also prefer either of these two models for another reason. I have large hands and these cameras fit them well. The SRT's would probably also make a good weapon if needed.
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When the chips are down,
The buffalo is empty!!!
It's a fine machine. I have the XE-1 which is the European equivalent. Same camera but in chrome and black instead of all black.
Originally Posted by mgb74
EDIT: Oh yes..... Which one to buy?..... Get both!
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
The SRT is mechanical, has mirror lock-up, and is a perfect backup, or a camera to keep in the bag with a 24mm (while you have maybe a zoom or a normal in the other camera), or to use for special purposes such as tripod use, macro use, very-wide-angle use (you can mount certain very-wide-angle lenses only if your camera has mirror lock-up, and use an external viewfinder).
The other one is probably more pleasant for general use, being more silent, lighter, having an electronic shutter release which can help, and probably having a brighter viewfinder.
Mirror lock-up is very important if you do tripod work and if you care about sharpness. I don't know which are your other cameras. If I really had to choose and if this were the only SLR to have, I would go for the SRT no doubt because of mirror lock-up.
The only common thing between these cameras is that they accept the same lenses
SRT: fully mechanical, meter is quirky (clc) and needs mercury cell (or workaround), dim viewfinder, feels rather massive
XD: electronically (and very sophisticated) with emergency mechanical speed, standard batteries, bright viewfinder (acu matte)
If you do not have an aversion against electronics and are able to switch to "manual" if you need it I would clearly get the XD.