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My camerapaedia: Minolta XG-1

A description of my camera collection, one camera at a time.

Photo by stratski

What?
SLR with both an automatic setting, as well as fully manual settings. It’s got a handy light meter built in that, when on automatic, shows the shutter time for a chosen aperture in the viewfinder by means of led lights. Shutter times range from 1 second tot 1/1000s. It’s got the usual features, like a B-setting, hot shoe and self timer.

How?
Queens Day flea market, about €10.

When?
1979-1982

How?
Here’s another camera that sat in my attic waiting for me to finally change the battery and try it out. When I finally did, I realised I should have done that years ago. It’s easy to use. The shutter button is sensitive, but not too sensitive, and a on/off button prevents pictures of the inside of your bag (although I tend to forget to swith it off). The big advatage of this camera over my Praktikas is the automatic setting. Professional photographers may look down on that, but in difficult light, it’s pretty convenient it you can trust your camera to choose the right exposure time. And if you do want full control, it’s only a small turn of a switch. The advantage of this camera over my Yashica 109 (which also has a automatic setting) it that the shutter button is not quite as sensitive (hence less accidental pictures, I can be a bit of a klutz) and the metal/leather look body looks vastly better (I’m shallow like that).

I have a MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.7 lens to go with it.

written by stratski

2 comments

  1. carsten-schmitt

    carsten-schmitt

    Another good thing about this camera: The brand was apparently never as iconic as Canon or Nikon. So, you can get some very, very good lenses (that 50mm f1.7 for example) and other bits and bobs for it really cheap.

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  2. 110isnotdead

    110isnotdead

    Awesome blog and awesome Camera. :) I have an X-370 and an XD-11 and I love them both. The Rokkor lenses are second to none in my opinion. Have fun with that little gem :)

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