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  1. Bertil
    Good morning, Ralph;
    many thanks for your congratulations Ralph– nice to hear that I got "the best"! Interesting to know, the original lens for the SR-7.
    Yes, I think my original SR-1 came with the 1,8/55mm lens, later I bought a Minolta conic lens shade "with the small chrome clamp screw to push the clamp ring in against the filter ring" (!). Unfortunatel I sold that lens many years ago, but recently got a nice 1:1,8 55, though not with the original lens shade (just got a round one D52ND).
    Thus got very happy when this nice 1,4/58mm came with this conic lens shade with the small chrome clamp screw (my shade has the kode: D57KB).
    Have a nice day!
  2. Ralph Javins
    Ralph Javins
    Good morning, Bertil, and Congratulations;

    Yes, the D57KB is the original lens shade intended for use with the AUTO ROKKOR-PF 1:1.4 f=58mm lens. Congratulations on that find, sir. The lenses and bodies we can easily find. Everyone knows about those. Finding the accessories for them can be the real challenge.


    Ralph, Latte Land, Washington
  3. Ralph Javins
    Ralph Javins
    Good morning;

    A couple of things have appeared. One of them is the Minolta XM, or the European labeled version of the Minolta XK (or, is it that the XK is the North American labeled version of the Minolta XM?) has arrived, and it has the Minolta AE light metering pentaprisim viewfinder on top. This is the final model that I wanted to get for the Minolta Manually Focusing SLR 35mm Film Cameras. While I did want either the XK or the XM with the AE-S viewfinder, I am happy with finally getting at least one of that model with the AE viewfinder.

    And, another camera that I thought was lost has been sent back to me. The box really is in poor condition, but the return address label part is still readable. The inner wrapping for the camera seems to have been quite effective. This is a relief.

    I think I have done it, I have succeeded; I have the collection of Minolta film cameras that I had thought of getting several years ago, and now I have done it. There is the complete SR Series, the SR-T Series, and at least one of all of what may be considered to be the significant and popular models in the X Series that I wanted to get, although I admit that I did emphasize the X-700 and derivative models quite heavily. Now I have encountered a problem that I had not anticipated, nor had I made any preparations for it: What do I do now?


    Latte Land, Washington
  4. upnorthcyclist
    Hi Ralph,

    Autocords? Rangefinders? Binoculars???

  5. Silvertooth
    Howdy Ralph,

    Congratulations on completing the collection! I have about decided to begin collecting the Minolta SR system at this point. I just looked at a DVD of scans I got back from Mpix of some Portra from a recent trip to the Smokies. I didn't have time to get any Ektar, so I used what I had. The Minolta has surpassed all of my expectations! I think I have fallen in love with analog again for sure.

    Any suggestions on "the" gear to look for is always appreciated. Right now I plan on a 35-70 f3.5 as the next addition. I would like to also add the XD11 and a good macro prime.

    Thanks for all of the info and encouragement. Have a great evening!
  6. Silvertooth
    The Minolta collection is growing! I just won an auction for an MC Macro Rokkor QF 50mm f3.5. Six dollars plus shipping. In the photos, it looked decent so I figured why not. It is from the same place I got the 70-210 that had "significant wear." The only wear that lens was a finger print on the filter and a couple of scuff marks on the hood that wiped clean. Hopefully this will be as nice. I am really enjoying the Minolta gear.

    Have a great day,
  7. Ralph Javins
    Ralph Javins
    Good morning, gentlemen;

    Yes, it is something when I realize that I have done it, and it is completed. Then it is also somewhat anticlimactic. As mentioned, now that I have done it, what do I do now?

    And, for upnorthcyclist, yes, there is an original version Autocord 120 roll film TLR camera here and a few accessories for it.

    Silvertooth, that is a worthy goal, and one that may surprise you. There are many more versions in there than may be obvious from just looking at the cameras. While the model designations do run from the SR-2 and the SR-1, the SR-3, and to the SR-7, there are many variants in the individual model designations. The SR-1 had five model designations alone but 10 versions, and I count 19 different versions total in the line from the original 2 versions of the SR-2 on through the three versions of the SR-7 and ending with the SR-7v. Many of these versions are not obvious visually, but must be detected by observing how the camera operates, and the outside appearance is the same for many of them. While some include the SR-M in this group, I do not. It is more related to the SR-T 101 both in its construction and the time when it came out.

    The rangefinders and viewfinder 35mm cameras are also well represented, from a Minolta 35 and Minolta A through the entire "Number" Series and a few in the "Letter" Series. Yes, there is also a Minolta Hi-Matic 7s II here, but that is not my favorite. I feel that the 7s II had its capabilities cut to get the size and weight down to what they wanted it to be. I am not sure that was a good thing to do. My preference is still for the Minolta Hi-Matic 9 with its full range of shutter speeds from 1 second to 1/500th of a second, and the lens apertures from f:1.7 to f:22, coupled with the ability to also work in a fully Automatic or Program mode.

    Then there are the 16mm cameras with my favorite being the 16 II.

    There are even some 110 cartridge cameras from the 450 SE ElectroFlash to the Minolta 110 SLR.

    And the last one in the group is a Minolta Instant PRO camera that takes the Polaroid Spectrum instant pack film.

    Finally I do feel that there is a representative sampling of the Minolta film cameras here. No, not necessarily one of every camera they ever made, but there is at least one of the significant and the popular Minolta cameras.

    No, I do not have any binoculars.

    Enjoy; Ralph, Latte Land, Washington
  8. Bertil
    Good morning, Ralph;
    congratulations to completing your collection!
    Next step must be that we all can see it!
    Why not a website with your collection, all the various models (and descriptions of those variants not in the collection), and description av all details and original accessories – you seem to have all the information on the subject, share it!!

  9. Silvertooth
    I received my MC Macro Rokkor QF 50mm f3.5 today. Unfortunately, I was not able to go out and play this afternoon. The lens looks beautiful. I should have a little time tomorrow to go to a local garden and try it out. My Minolta excitement is continuing to grow!

  10. Ralph Javins
    Ralph Javins
    Good morning, Aubrey;

    Nice to hear. You will enjoy that lens. The ROKKOR-QF 3.5/50mm Macro lens really is a nice work-horse lens. And, with the front element recessed so deeply in the lens barrel, it really does not need a lens hood. I find that a ring flash fits onto it very nicely and provides nice flat lighting for most of my closeup work. I like my Sunpak DX-12R in this use, but there is also the Minolta 80-PX if I want to keep it "pure." The DX-12R has a little more horsepower.

    This combination has been used for a lot of the flowers that finally bloomed very late this spring, and into the early summer. Weird weather. Now if I can just get the film scanner to work the way that I would like.


    Latte Land, Washington
  11. upnorthcyclist
    I just received an MD Tele Rokkor 200mm 1:2.8, for actually a pretty reasonable price, from the bay. All the way from Germany! I haven't shot with it yet, but just looking through the viewfinder it looks pretty stunning.

    I don't know if I have purchased enough stuff from German sellers on eBay to generalize, but it seems like the several items I've gotten (mostly lenses) have been top-notch - well described, packed well, very clean.

    It's supposed to be nice tomorrow - I'm looking forward to trying out the new lens. I picked up a couple rolls of Provia 100f - we'll see if the lens lives up to its reputation!

  12. Ralph Javins
    Ralph Javins
    Good morning, Mike;

    Congratulations on the TELE ROKKOR 1:2.8 f=200mm telephoto lens. I agree that it is a nice one. You will enjoy it.

    eek-bait and the quality of the product received in comparison with the description. Again, congratulations. I am envious of your remarkable good fortune with your purchases, but you did say that they have been from Germany. I will admit that the successful purchases I have made from Australia, Canada, England, and from Ukraine have been quite satisfactory and reasonable. It has been with the purchases from sellers here in the United States where there has been great disparity between what was in the Item Description, and what came out of the box. It was just in February of this year that I finally had a 35mm SLR camera body come to me that really did match what was in the description, including that part about a "used" item "but is fully functional and operates as originally intended," as found in the eek-bait definition of "Used." The real surprise is that there were actually two (2) cameras that came to me that way that month, both the same model; one from an individual, and the other one from a company. Boy, was I surprised. That was nice.

    Anyway, have fun with the 2.8/200mm lens. They really are nice. I like the sample that I have, and it was bought as part of a package that also included a ROKKOR 2.0/135mm lens. The big 135mm lens is not used very often, but the 2.0/100mm and the 2.8/200mm do go out on occasion.


    Latte Land, Washington
  13. upnorthcyclist
    eek-bait -

    Boy, I sure don't mean to leave the impression that I have had good luck with eBay - I've sent more crap back than I've kept, statistically.

    I've gotten better as a buyer over the years, that's true, but mis-described stuff goes back as a matter of principle. Even if a seller says no refunds, I've found that they will refund if you describe the problem accurately vs. what the ad implies - sellers realize, I think, that eBay will look at the correspondence in a dispute and protect the buyer if the buyer seems reasonable, so the seller will avoid a dispute that will probably go against him anyway. I'm always super-polite but firm and I avoid any contention, especially feedback wars, even if the seller deserves it.

    Most of the stuff I buy is not particularly rare, even the 200mm 2.8. I mean, they come up occasionally, so if I'm patient, I have choices. Ralph, I don't envy your passion (yet understand it!) to collect truly rare items like some of the SR-series cameras. I can be unequivocal about sending mis-described junk back because another one will come along, while you have to make the decision whether to keep it or not based on its scarcity - you might not see another one for a very long time.

    The "used, but fully functional..." caveat has been my best tool, that and the fact that I've maintained my feedback rating at 100%. Conversely, I have eaten a boatload of shipping charges over the years - I think that's the true cost of dealing with less-than-stellar seller descriptions on eBay.

    The main problem, or, perhaps, the best thing I've found with German sellers is that they are generally professionals. They usually list their items at rather outrageous BIN prices - in effect, brick-and-mortar camera store prices. A real gem of a listing, one that I will follow, is when one of my preferred German sellers will let an item go at auction - whatever the market will bear. I follow completed listings on the items I want to buy, and items NEVER sell at those BIN prices. I can't figure out the economics there.

    I got my slides back yesterday that I shot with the 200mm 2.8. I don't have a scanner - my film "work flow" is to shoot it, get it processed, and look at it - so I can't show examples here. Anyway - Wow. Nice lens. The extra stop or two really helps make it somewhat hand-holdable, at least on a sunny day. I'm so spoiled by my DSLR with image-stabilization and variable ISO that I forget sometimes why film photographers treasure fast lenses. This lens is sharp and produces good contrast even wide-open, on a projected screen, which to me is the ultimate test. There is a little color-fringing, noticeable when I get within a couple of feet or so of the screen, but that's "pixel-peeping" beyond practicality. It's a keeper!

  14. sgluck
    Thought I'd add my latest purchase. An XK body with a 450 Electro Flash, all in good working order. Don't like that little button on the body. You can't put it in a camera bagt with the batteries in the camera. They can become discharged if the camera bag depresses the button, Other than that the Camera is a built like a tank. BTW does anybody know if Sony is going to release a full frame Alpha DSLR. (the 900 and 850 are discontinued) ? I'd like to use my collection of Maxxum AF lenses with one.
  15. Silvertooth
    Picked up a Rokkor 35-70 Macro Zoom. Love it!!
  16. Analogous
    My latest foray into the world of Minolta was the acquisition of the venerable XE-7 and the lesser sibling, the XE-5. Both cameras were won on Ebay as "parts or repair" as the seller stated that the film rewind was jammed on both cameras. I had always wanted to tryout the XE series, so $23.00 later, I was the proud owner of both XEs.

    Cosmetically, both cameras are in wonderful shape. Mechanically, they both had locked up shutter releases and of course the film rewinds wouldn't work. I started with the XE-7 first and set the shutter speed selector to "X" and the On/Off selector to On. The shutter fired but the rewind lever had way to much resistance. On disassembly, I noticed that the film rewind had been apart and assembled incorrectly. Put things back the way they were supposed to be and, Viola!, nice, smooth rewind function! I loaded in 2 1.5 volt batts and the meter reported for duty. A cursory check against my Sony A300 and my Minolta 9xi showed it to be in the ballpark. Ran the shutter at all speeds and it seemed pretty kosher.

    Next up, the XE-5. Removing the bottom plate showed something jammed in the gears at the bottom of the rewind shaft. After putting the shutter speed on "X" and cocking the shutter, the shutter release worked, the mirror went up and…..nothing. After a teardown and removal of the mirror box, I noticed that the shutters had become detached from the mechanism and moved about freely on their own. Afraid to proceed any further, I buttoned up the XE-5 and set it back on the shelf, not sure what to do next.

    In about 2 weeks and $19.00, I had another "fixer-upper" XE-5 from Ebay sitting on my bench that was advertised as jammed.. I tore this one down, removed the mirror box and un-jammed the shutter. I put new batteries in and when I released the shutter, the mirror went up…and stayed there. Classic symptom of low/no battery power. I ended up scraping the little metal contacts behind the On/Off selector switch and now I have a working XE-5 to go with my XE-7!

    So, for an investment of about $42, I have a working XE-7 and XE-5 plus a XE-5 parts camera.

    Both cameras have had their light seals replaced and I hope to get them both loaded up with film and take them for a spin!.
  17. Analogous
    Hi guys! It's me again!

    Just got a MC Tele Rokkor - PF f2.8 135mm with a case and lens caps.

    Got it hooked up to the XE-7 and going to run some shots through it to see how it does.

  18. upnorthcyclist
    Congrats on your XE series cameras - I really like the XE-7. When I first got it, I couldn't believe that it is actually heavier than my SRT-102! I like to use the XE with heavier lenses, like the 100mm macro. It also makes a nice combo with the 200mm 2.8, balance-wise. The film advance is the nicest I have ever experienced.

    One thing I have found with these "hybrid" automatic cameras, such as the XE and the XD (by hybrid, I mean that they are a combination of mechanical and electrical, not truly electronic or digital), is that they have sliding resistors that are subject to problems with dirt and oxidation. I don't shoot enough film to use the three or four cameras I rotate through (according to whim) regularly - sometimes a camera will sit for a couple months without use. I find that it is helpful to exercize these cameras regularly. The slidewire resistors, in the case of the XE, are part of the circuits for setting ASA, exposure comp, speed and aperture. I like to run through all the settings - turn the ASA dial from limit to limit etc. - while keeping an eye on the exposure needle for smooth operation. If the needle moves a little irregularly, I'll figure out which control is causing the problem and exercize it until it smooths out. It doesn't happen very often. I find that this also keeps the camera familiar in my hands, and often inspires me to load it up and use it. Plus, playing with my stable of cameras is just plain fun for me.

    Have fun with the XEs - hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

  19. upnorthcyclist
    Musta hit send twice...

  20. Analogous
    Thank you upnorthcyclist!

    I'm pretty happy with them myself. Oh, and thanks for the tip about "exercising" them. I also have a number of cameras that I try to rotate through so, like you said, they sometimes sit for a while.

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