The XE-7, Is a sturdy beast, and a remarkable instrument.
Way back in 1977, I went to Manhattan with $300.00 dollars to buy some used equipment.
Thinking that I would come home with 1 camera and 50mm lens, a wide angle,
and maybe a Vivitar 135mm. Big mistake, I encountered an XE-7 body,
and was amazed by it.
Although the body only was $250.00 at that time. But I had to have it.
It took another two months before I scraped up enough to buy a lens,
got lucky with the 58mm 1.2 for $150.00 !
And a few more weeks before I had enough saved again to buy a few rolls of Kodachrome 25 !!!
Unfortunately, I destroyed the lens a few weeks later on a camping trip.
But the XE-7 Is still alive and kicking, and I am still amazed by it !
It has never needed to be serviced, and it's still a thing of beauty,
and is still my favourite camera.
I'm going back to Manhattan next week to find a Minolta Rokkor X 58mm 1.2 .
I've missed the damn thing for all these years, it's about time for a replacement.
If Only I Had A Couple More Rolls Of Kodachrome 25 ...
Don't it always seem to go. That you don't know what you've got. Till it's gone ... Very Sad, Indeed.
From The Long Island Of New York, and the
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