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Tuesday, September 18, 2018    
My Equipment

The Dark Ages

Since I shoot completely manual focus Minolta MD, my equipment has little monetary value.  However, I am very comfortable with my gear which makes taking pictures enjoyable.  And picking up new gear is relatively cheap.  



The Digital Age

As we have entered the digital age, I have had to make some adjustments.  Good film labs are becoming increasingly hard to find and the condition of my negatives when returned by generic labs is disconcerting.


Consequently, I retrofited a Canon Rebel XT (350D) with a Minolta MD mount and have been shooting lots of digital pictures with my MD lenses.  I don't really miss autofocus.  For one, I never had it (except on my point-and-shoot) and for another, I'm not convinced it would be a great advantage when shooting stills, landscapes, and macrophotography (which is about all that I do).  The one downside to the conversion is that I can no longer use Canon lenses with this camera.



Change is Hard 

Shooting with the Canon has been a learning experience.  I find it more difficult to keep in focus (even with a custom microprism viewfinder).  It also has inaccurate metering compared to my X-700 (probably due to the custom viewfinder...or my learning curve).  I find myself shooting it in manual exposure mode nearly all of the time, which gives fairly good results.



Equipment Summary



  • Minolta X-700
  • Canon Rebel XT (350D) - retrofitted with MD mount and microprism viewfinder


Prime Lenses

  • Vivitar 28mm f/2.0
  • Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4
  • Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7
  • Minolta MD 100mm f/2.5
  • Minolta MC 135mm f/2.8
  • Minolta MD 200mm f/4.0


Zoom Lenses

  • Tokina SZ-X 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 SD
  • Tokina SZ-X 28-70mm f/2.8-4.3
  • Vivitar Series 1 35-85mm f/2.8
  • Minolta MD 50-135mm f/3.5
  • Minolta MD 70-210mm f/4.0



  • Minolta Bellows III
  • Vivitar 2X Macro Focusing Teleconverter


To be honest, I don't use my zooms very much.  My 50mm and 100mm lenses tend to be my workhorses.

Canon 350D w/ Minolta Lens
Canon 350D
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