The Minolta X-570 was introduced in April of 1983. It sold as a less expensive model than the previous X-700. The X-570 is loaded with features that the X-700 didn’t have making it ideal for beginning photographers. It only shoots 35mm film but works well with anything you load into it. I chose to add this camera to my arsenal because it is versatile and user-friendly. Because of these qualities, it would make an awesome addition to any Lomographer’s collection!
My Minolta X-570 was a gift to me from my father who used it for everything from sports games to family reunions. I started shooting with it in my college photography courses and have used it ever since. Thanks to the camera’s automatic LED light meter, I never have to take my eye away from a shot to make sure that I have the right aperture but still have the ability to shoot on Manual. I’ve loaded it with both negative and slide color film and of course, black and white. All of these films work very well with the X-570 especially Ilford HP5 Plus 400, Fuji Sensia 100, and Agfa CT Precisa 100. The camera also allows you to shoot double exposures on the same roll which leads to infinite compositional possibilities.
This camera has joined me for many adventures: bright days, gloomy nights, indoors and out! It has been the only camera that I have used in the two rounds of doubles I’ve done with thesarahshow and"hansie14":http://www.lomography.com/homes/hansie14. It works with films of varying speeds, anywhere from 12 ISO to 3200 and has a hotshoe for a flash. The versatile flexibility ot this camera gives complete creative control to whoever shoots with it. The resulting images are amazing! I have not had any problems with this camera but do find it harder to carry with me than Plastic Fantastic models like the Holga or Diana Mini. Despite the weight issue, every Lomographer out there should track one of these cameras down and buy one right away! When it debuted, the X-570 was not very popular and became underrated over time. Thanks to that, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy one. They are readily available online and trust me – you will get your money’s worth out of the Minolta X-570!