The best thing about minolta manual focus SLR bodies is that you can so easily use all that fine Minolta glass with 'em. Every camera repair guy I've ever talked to raves about the Minolta SRT line...I honestly don't know why. I do love the glass though. Minolta manual focus lenses are some of the most under rated lenses I can think of.
Many folks over look the 45mm f/2 but, it is incredibly sharp, compact and light weight. Load with film and enjoy.
I do love manual focus, I like manual! with auto.. it's harder to achive exactly what you want.