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    Posted: 07 November 2011 at 15:25
Oh Jeez I lust after this beauty so bad...

Beautiful Sample of the Minolta XKM I've always thought it much more appealing than the Nikon F2 or Canon F1 Classic Hero cameras of that era.

I have an XK body... but I don't have that beautiful MOT model. How about someone here gets it and saves it to sell me later next year? I've spent too much on vintage lenses recently and just can't justify the purchase.

Oh that grip! I want to get my hand around it NOW!

Which of the Classic Hero Cameras do you find most beautiful?







Now that's a camera!

As for these poor substitutes... Meh...





Oddly... I've owned both the Canon and Nikon Hero Classics. They're cool enough I guess... But that XK/X1 MOT is just got me crazy!



Yow I can't stand it... So gorgeous!

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It looks like the things I 'invent' in the barn out of bits of junk and a welder
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I had the XM w/o the motor and don't remember now whether it had that grip or not. Probably not. I still loved it.
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As far as I know, that's how the X1/M motor always looked. Never owning one, I cannot say for sure, but I don't think it was something that could be removed.

There was an accessory pistol grip for use with 250ex film magazine.



Sure you're not thinking of the SR-M... which was the first motor driven Minolta?

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It is like falling mindlessly and crazy in love.    I can understand completely. Some material things are semi-immortal, IMHO.   

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The grip only comes with the XM/XK Motor. I have the XK but would love to get a hold of the XK Motor. And the Canon F1 and Nikon F2 models with motordrive.
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Originally posted by 5thElefant 5thElefant wrote:

It looks like the things I 'invent' in the barn out of bits of junk and a welder


That was one of the most ignorant remarks I have ever heard about this beautiful camera. But maybe I am not neutral in this case as I once owned two out of the dozen XM Motor ever sold in Sweden. I well understand the lust for this camera as it shurely was a lovely piece of equipment. Oh, if they only could have changed the film pressure plate to a digital sensor.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pnaciona Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 November 2011 at 20:30
@Michael: I think he was joking. I do understand where you're coming from though. The Minolta XK/XM/X1 Motor is like a holy grail to me.
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Okay, but I take the opposite view - none of the SRT/XE generation were great lookers, and the XK/XM Motors were downright Frankensteinish. Things got better appearance-wise with the XD series, though.
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Preposterous! Clearly you don't own any of those cameras.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rno. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 November 2011 at 20:57
BEAUTY has always been in the eye of the beholder.

Beautiful by classical standards they were not, the XM/XK variations. But neither were they frankensteinesque. Form followed function. And beautifully functional they were!

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Me? I own, or have owned, SRT, XE, XD, XG, and X series Minoltas. I'm old enough to have walked into a store in the early '70s and bought one of the first XK/XM cameras off the shelf. I didn't, though, and still don't want one now. No offense to those who like them, however, so enjoy!
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That is a gorgeous camera, beat up ones go for $300 on ebay :O
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I have always loved this camera and really wanted one when it first came out. I still want one, but I have WAY to many cameras. I started with minolts and then turned to Nikon with the FM, etc. I have 5 Nikons and 4 other cameras, but would still love to have one of these. After looking carefully at all the cameras you have here (Minolta, Nikon and Canon) I feel that if the Nikon and Canon were to have a similar grip, it would make them just as beautiful as the Minolta, but the Minolta has a gloss to it which stands out. Then again, like others have said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My eyes behold this Minolta as gorgeous.
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