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    Comparing the FM3A to the XD-11 doesn't seem to be real fair, considering the difference in age between the two cameras and the difference in price. A quick check of eBay indicates that FM3As are going for somewhere north of $500 to over a thousand bucks, and nice looking XD-11s are around $100. The FM3A is a generation or three newer than the XD - of course there are going to be evolutionary changes in camera design. Heck, why not compare the XD (or the FM3A, for that matter) to an F6?

    The XD is a fine camera, with a devoted following. They are of an age where just about any body you pick up is going to need a CLA, which solves most of the problems people have mentioned in this thread, including the shutter-lag issue. (As an aside, the shutter lag issue is caused by an air-damper incorporated into the shutter mechanism, which, when working properly, makes for a very quiet, very low vibration shutter actuation.)

    Rokkor lenses are as good (some say better) as any of their contemporaries and, unless you go for the more exotic or cult-favorite ones, are a lot cheaper than comparable Nikkors, due to the cachet (and the F-mount) of the Nikon lenses. The Micro 4/3 crowd are now in the competition for Minolta lenses, so prices have gone up some. You can still get a nice kit of standard Rokkor primes between 28mm and 200mm for remarkably low prices, if you shop around some.

    I have an SRT-102, an XE-7 and an XD-11, plus a modest kit of Rokkor primes, which will last me for as long as it matters. All of them are great cameras in their own way, they all are reliable and work great.

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    What lenses do you want to use and at what price? My assumption is you can get minolta lenses cheaper but harder to find.
    Your question is like asking do you want a Chevy Impala or an AMC Matadore (Minolta would be the much rarer Matador). Not too many people will know much about both.
    Just buy something and enjoy it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by upnorthcyclist View Post
    (As an aside, the shutter lag issue is caused by an air-damper incorporated into the shutter mechanism, which, when working properly, makes for a very quiet, very low vibration shutter actuation.)
    Thanks for clearing that up. No doubt the XD-11's shutter has a relatively light touch to it only now I have an idea why.

    During that time, there must have been a big deal made of vibration from pressing the shutter. My Yashica FR (1977) did away with the mechanical connection of the shutter completely and just used an electrical switch stating this completely removes vibration from that action!

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    I mis-spoke. The damper is for the mirror action. When it gets dirty, it slows down the mirror-up part of the shutter release cycle, causing a lag after the shutter is released. It is meant to cut down on the vibration caused by mirror-slap. Sorry.

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    I really don't like that a lot of manufacturers omitted the MLU control "due to better mirror dampening" reason.

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    I understand that they are different cameras. My question was more about the quality of construction. I was amazed by the quality of the XD 11. I always hear people say that Nikons are made so rugged and well. I do not see many differences between them. I am impressed with the Minolta overall quality.

    Quote Originally Posted by upnorthcyclist View Post
    Comparing the FM3A to the XD-11 doesn't seem to be real fair, considering the difference in age between the two cameras and the difference in price. A quick check of eBay indicates that FM3As are going for somewhere north of $500 to over a thousand bucks, and nice looking XD-11s are around $100. The FM3A is a generation or three newer than the XD - of course there are going to be evolutionary changes in camera design. Heck, why not compare the XD (or the FM3A, for that matter) to an F6?

    The XD is a fine camera, with a devoted following. They are of an age where just about any body you pick up is going to need a CLA, which solves most of the problems people have mentioned in this thread, including the shutter-lag issue. (As an aside, the shutter lag issue is caused by an air-damper incorporated into the shutter mechanism, which, when working properly, makes for a very quiet, very low vibration shutter actuation.)

    Rokkor lenses are as good (some say better) as any of their contemporaries and, unless you go for the more exotic or cult-favorite ones, are a lot cheaper than comparable Nikkors, due to the cachet (and the F-mount) of the Nikon lenses. The Micro 4/3 crowd are now in the competition for Minolta lenses, so prices have gone up some. You can still get a nice kit of standard Rokkor primes between 28mm and 200mm for remarkably low prices, if you shop around some.

    I have an SRT-102, an XE-7 and an XD-11, plus a modest kit of Rokkor primes, which will last me for as long as it matters. All of them are great cameras in their own way, they all are reliable and work great.

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    You should get your hands on the XE-7. You could drive nails with it and it has such a smooth film advance and a quiet shutter.
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    This website has an interesting perspective based on the timeline of SLRs from Minolta, Canon, Nikon and Pentax from 1957 to 1982 -> http://minolta.eazypix.de/slrtable/

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitstik View Post
    You should get your hands on the XE-7. You could drive nails with it and it has such a smooth film advance and a quiet shutter.
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    SSSSSSsssssssshhhhhhhhhh

    Guitstik, Don't ever recommend the XE-7.

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    You should get your hands on the XE-7. You could drive nails with it and it has such a smooth film advance and a quiet shutter.

    When's the debut of your YouTube footage doing just that?

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