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    Posted: 07 September 2017 at 21:53
Hello, I have to confess to being unable to resist a nice Minolta. I have a few eBay purchases which have turned out to be "duds", 2x 7000AFs and a 5000AF with various ailments (two have dead aperture control magnets). However, I also have a very minty 7000AF, which works just fine, a Dynax 7000i and my 13 year-old daughter has a 700si (and is a committed film user).

Here's the working members of the family:

The Minolta gang by David Henderson, on Flickr

and a couple of recent shots from the 7000i:

Hardwater Mill by David Henderson, on Flickr

The Catford Cat by David Henderson, on Flickr

The next pic was taken with the very sharp 70-210mm 'beercan' lens:

Hovering across the Solent by David Henderson, on Flickr

Thanks for the film corner of this excellent website, which I have been a lurker on for a while now!
 



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Welcome to DYXUM!

That's a couple of beautiful images which you posted here! TFS!
BTW: You are allowed to post images as 1024 pixels wide and 960 pixels high.

I thought that we had a special "gear porn" section on DYXUM to post images as your first one but I could no longer find it (maybe someone else can). Gear addiction syndrome (GAS) is a widespread disease here (I recently bought a XD-7 and a Dynax 7).

It's certainly not too late to join here - hope we see more of your work!
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Found it, or Google did actually.

http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/photo-gear-porn-lets-see-your-gear-pt-2_topic85550_page21.html

And Welcome to Dyxum, you can only lurk so long before you can't resist it anymore.

EDIT: Now I see that the 'Photo gear porn' topics, Pt 1 and Pt2, are in the Equipment Forums> Other photographic topics forum for some reason. Seems like they should be in the Themed Views forum which is where I'm moving them.

Edited by stiuskr - 07 September 2017 at 23:21
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Welcome, David. You show some nice b/w pics there, and I'm pleased you've persuaded your daughter to try film, even though it makes posting the pics on facebook more time-consuming!

A word of warning, though. Collecting Minolta film cameras from eBay can be *seriously* addictive. There are so many nice ones available so incredibly cheaply (often with lenses thrown in) it seems a shame not to give them a good home!
I was somewhat embarrassed to find after the last stock-take that I have:-

7000
3000i
300si
500si
600si (two)
700si
800si
3xi
7xi
Dynax 4 (two)
Dynax 5 (two)
Dynax 40
Dynax 60

and that's only counting the ones that actually work ...
And then there are all the Miranda cameras (hence my sig) and the Rolleis, and the Zeiss Icons, and ...
A900, A58, 5d, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras . . .
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Welcome, David. You show some nice b/w pics there, and I'm pleased you've persuaded your daughter to try film, even though it makes posting the pics on facebook more time-consuming!


My daughter needed no persuasion to use film - I bought her the 700si to stop her pinching my gear all the time!

My active Minolta collection is also boosted by: 1x 5000AF (OOU- aperture control failure), and 2x 7000AF (both OOU - one won't power on at all, and the other has aperture control failure). I also used a SRT101 for a while, though I sold it on for spares or repair, as the shutter was banding.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DH73 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2017 at 16:28
Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

Welcome to Dyxum, and welcome to my world


Thanks, I always justify my camera purchases, even the "under the radar" ones, by the thought that x camera could be my favourite camera of all time, or take my work to a new level.

My camera cupboard is getting too small. Damn you, eBay!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DH73 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 September 2017 at 13:49
Good news! Third time lucky with my latest purchase of a 7000AF - I have one that works.

I put a short roll of home loaded FP4+ through it, from the bulk loader. It seems to do everything as it should.

From the test roll:

Crossley in the park by David Henderson, on Flickr
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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

A word of warning, though. Collecting Minolta film cameras from eBay can be *seriously* addictive.

I feel better now only having a couple of them. I did just narrowly avoid buying an XG1 while looking for a 50-135 F3.5. One film camera is pretty much one more than I really need or want. At least until I get this roll of Ektar developed. Maybe then I will change my mind. I also just bought a NEX F3 just for the 18-55 OSS.

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A5000 LA-EA1 16 20 16-50 18-55
Maxxum 70: 20 24 28 50 85 100M 135 28-135 35-70 35-105 35-200 70-210 75-300 100-200 100-300D
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DH73 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 September 2017 at 19:19
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

A word of warning, though. Collecting Minolta film cameras from eBay can be *seriously* addictive.

I feel better now only having a couple of them. I did just narrowly avoid buying an XG1 while looking for a 50-135 F3.5. One film camera is pretty much one more than I really need or want. At least until I get this roll of Ektar developed. Maybe then I will change my mind. I also just bought a NEX F3 just for the 18-55 OSS.


I might have just acquired an 8000i without really trying. I think a bigger cupboard may soon be needed.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Miranda F Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 September 2017 at 11:32
Originally posted by DH73 DH73 wrote:

I might have just acquired an 8000i without really trying. I think a bigger cupboard may soon be needed.


Easily done. isn't it?

Having tried (though not necessarily run a film through) most of the Minolta film cameras I have, I've been trying to decide which is the best one. My two favourites are currently the 600i and the Dynax 5.

The 600i is a wonderful throwback to machanical cameras, with one dial or button for every function and no menu-diving at all. I love using it.

I do think the Dynax 5 has some claim to be the best film camera ever made, on the strict basis that they must have been successful in business terms as well as technically capable. That is bought and used successfully by lots of people. This exempts all the professional cameras* and all the fancy expensive stuff by Leica, etcetera.

Anyway, the Dynax 5 is one of the smallest and lightest SLRs ever made, yet has a good OVF with excellent AF and metering. It is easy to use, and easy to access manual controls too, with almost all the clever stuff in the top-range models (including bracketing, multiple exposure, WL HSS flash control, etc) but this is neatly accessed via a mode dial without lots of confusing buttons and knobs scattered around like some cameras, and without the incessant menu diving needed by todays cameras ...
And to cap it all it will drive SAM and SSM lenses (use a 1.4x TC to avoid vignetting) and the modern digital flashes too. Even the kit lens it comes with (the 28-80/100) is pretty good, sharp in the centre at full aperture and sharp everywhere at f8, with little flare.

* Most of the professional cameras are too big, too heavy, and too difficult to use for anyone except a professional to tolerate. Which is why the professionals generally pick something else when they are off-duty!

Edited by Miranda F - 12 September 2017 at 11:35
A900, A58, 5d, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras . . .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote DH73 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 September 2017 at 22:42
Originally posted by DH73 DH73 wrote:

I might have just acquired an 8000i without really trying. I think a bigger cupboard may soon be needed.


The above mentioned 8000i arrived this week, in filthy condition, and with the stickiest Sigma lens I have ever seen. Good news though, once cleaned up, the 8000i is in superb condition, with just a tiny bleed on the internal LCD. I put a short roll of FP4 through it today as a test, and I'm pleased to report that everything looks to be in good order. The Sigma lens has been replaced with a spare Minolta 35-70mm f4 zoom. I might use the awful Sigma as a testbed for ways to reduce the stickyness, as it's only fit for the bin otherwise.
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