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It Followed Me Home!
self | July 29, 2010 | swampsniper

Posted on 07/29/2010 8:46:17 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

I was in my favorite thrift store last week, found this sitting in a plastic bin with a 5 dollar sticker. It had a 28mm lens on it, I found a 35-70 f2.8-4 Sigma for another 18 bucks.

I've been cleaning and testing, got it ready to roll again.

The Minolta XG-M came out in the early 80s, it has auto exposure and manual focus. It all cleaned up to about 99%. I'll shoot it some and the rest of the time it will look great on my shelf.

I can get negatives digitized to discs, it isn't very expensive.

MINOLTA XG-M

MINOLTA XG-M

MINOLTA XG-M


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: 35mm; camera; photography
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1 posted on 07/29/2010 8:46:22 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

What is film?


2 posted on 07/29/2010 8:47:12 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: lawnguy; pandoraou812; Daffynition; barker; ferri; gjeiii; genefromjersey; texas booster; ...

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3 posted on 07/29/2010 8:47:45 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

It followed you home and your Mom let you keep it? Excellent.


4 posted on 07/29/2010 8:48:43 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: buccaneer81
What is film?

I think brushing removes it from your teeth?

5 posted on 07/29/2010 8:49:20 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 551 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Isn’t it fun when you find treasure?! I love your pic’s, they are a joy.


6 posted on 07/29/2010 8:49:28 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’ll take my Pentax ME Super 1981 w/super 35 color slide.


7 posted on 07/29/2010 8:50:29 PM PDT by 23 Everest (Zero, Glittering Jewel of Colossal Ignorance.)
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To: buccaneer81; shibumi

LOL!

Salamander

[formerly never seen without at least 1 Olympus OM1-MD hanging off her neck]


8 posted on 07/29/2010 8:50:29 PM PDT by Salamander (And I think I need some rest but sleeping don't come very easy in a straight white vest.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Whoa! What a deal. I bet you can find some good deals on slightly older cameras but this one beats the band.

Get us some bird and duck pics with it.


9 posted on 07/29/2010 8:50:37 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Is there anywhere that you’ll be able to get film developed?


10 posted on 07/29/2010 8:50:56 PM PDT by Born Conservative ("I'm a fan of disruptors" - Nancy Pelosi)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Cool. I have a old Olympus OM-10 I found on E-Bay. Same camera I dropped off a balcony 20 years ago. The Oly looks great standing in the corner on a tripod.
11 posted on 07/29/2010 8:51:10 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’ve got a similar SLR Canon from about the same era, gathering dust. I don’t know where I would find a battery or film for it. Great in its time.


12 posted on 07/29/2010 8:52:08 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: buccaneer81
They still make it for idiots like me!

Hey, I still ain't broke down and looked at a TV! Being retired requires a lot of toys!

I've got friends who just sit and watch Oprah while their wives nag at them, to heck with that nonsense!

13 posted on 07/29/2010 8:52:41 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I have a half dozen Nikon film bodies sitting my closet and even more lens to go with them. All I carry now is a Dx40 and an 18-200mm. I also have four other digital cameras in that closet.

Camera are like guns, never have enough.


14 posted on 07/29/2010 8:58:37 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: buccaneer81; Salamander; SWAMPSNIPER

Two years ago, for her birthday, I bought Mrs Shibumi the best digital I could afford.

Now instead of carrying around that clumsy old Pentax, with a bag full of lenses and filters, she carries around her sleek new digital *AND* the Pentax with the bag full of lenses and filters.

Minimum two rolls of film per month, PLUS an SD card.


15 posted on 07/29/2010 8:59:10 PM PDT by shibumi (Pablo, wily, clever and detractive as all get out!)
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To: DeFault User
This one uses 2 of the little LR-44 batteries, they are all over the place. If you do a search on camera batteries most of the old ones are still available. Film is easy to find, they'll be making it for a long time yet.

I'm thinking of saving up a few bucks and getting a scanner, some of them will handle 35mm and slides. There are places that will develop your film and put it on discs and the price isn't bad if you don't get carried away.

16 posted on 07/29/2010 8:59:12 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

A TV can come in handy for viewing your digital photos. You can hook it up to your computer and view slide shows, complete with bird calls.


17 posted on 07/29/2010 9:00:54 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I found a Minolta SRT200 the other day when cleaning out some junk. It has what looks like the stock lens...says 50mm. I think it belonged to my mom. Is this a decent camera?


18 posted on 07/29/2010 9:02:14 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Hey, I still ain't broke down and looked at a TV! Being retired requires a lot of toys! I've got friends who just sit and watch Oprah while their wives nag at them, to heck with that nonsense!

LOL! You go guy!

19 posted on 07/29/2010 9:04:40 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Yardstick
It sure is. If you don't want to keep it find someone who will appreciate it, lots of people still prefer them to digital.

A lot of good gear gets banged up and ruined in thrift shops because no one knows how to tell the good ones from the plastic junk..

I almost feel guilty for only paying 5 bucks, LOL

20 posted on 07/29/2010 9:11:38 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’ve got a Canon AE-1 from 1979 that I just remembered I loved! All sorts of lenses and filters. I am so thankful you jogged my memory! I need to find my dust rag and then I will be a woman on a mission. Thanks again and have fun with your find.


21 posted on 07/29/2010 9:13:37 PM PDT by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: Yardstick

http://www.rokkorfiles.com/SRT%20Series.htm


22 posted on 07/29/2010 9:14:24 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Okay, cool. Thanks!

FWIW, I also googled this up:

http://www.rokkorfiles.com/SRT%20Series.htm

Has info on Minolta SRT series and other Minolta models too.


23 posted on 07/29/2010 9:18:01 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’m tempted to try to get that Canon working again. Putting it on program shots or adjusting the f stop or shutter speed with just a twist of the wrist was easier to do than navigate the menus on the el cheapo digital camera. (I haven’t yet spent the money on a digital that that Canon cost, about $300 as I recall.)


24 posted on 07/29/2010 9:18:21 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: DeFault User
I’ve got a similar SLR Canon from about the same era, gathering dust. I don’t know where I would find a battery or film for it. Great in its time.

Ditto here. IIRC it cost nearly $300 when it was new, not including lenses.

25 posted on 07/29/2010 9:18:39 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You beat me by 4 minutes!


26 posted on 07/29/2010 9:19:26 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Sweet find at a sweeter price! Glad to see it found a good home!!


27 posted on 07/29/2010 9:19:26 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: shibumi
The Om1s are in the sideboard, carefully preserved from dust.

Haven't had them out since my first digital Oly in the 90s.

Ain't never goin' back.

[and digital UV/IR photography rules]


28 posted on 07/29/2010 9:21:41 PM PDT by Salamander (And I think I need some rest but sleeping don't come very easy in a straight white vest.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Awesome!
Good for you!
I thought of you today..
I saw a Hawk sitting on a telephone wire, and pulled over to watch him for a bit.
It was beautiful..
I think it was a sharp shinned hawk.


29 posted on 07/29/2010 9:23:16 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

If that was a woman, I’d marry it.

Ok, I admit it, I’m chromasexual.

May God have mercy on my halide.


30 posted on 07/29/2010 9:24:28 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (Live and let live; is not working...)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I still have a Nikon 8008S with a 35-70mm zoom, and the Nikon 80-200mm F2.8 zoom. The 35-70mm is a $565 lens, and the 80-200mm is a $900 lens.

One of the best lense I ever owned was the Nikon fixed focus 135mm F2.0 lens. Wish I did not let that one go.


31 posted on 07/29/2010 9:24:42 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: DeFault User
You can get negatives scanned and put on DVDs through Walgreens and other places. Once they're on the disc you can handle them just like any other jpg image file.

Walmart does this but I've been told the files they give you are compressed too much to print larger than 4X6.

32 posted on 07/29/2010 9:25:06 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice lens. I have an SRT-102 and a X-370 with MD & MC Rokkor-X 50mm lenses.

I learned the hard way that the X-370 is no good for astrophotography. The -102 is what is classified as a ‘combat camera’.


33 posted on 07/29/2010 9:25:34 PM PDT by raygun
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To: Salamander

You ever done infared film photography? I have ;-)


34 posted on 07/29/2010 9:29:40 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: Salamander
I took these pictures of the Minolta with my Olympus C2100 UZ from back in 2000. It was a long time before anyone made a better digital camera.

I love old stuff, I'm old myself!

35 posted on 07/29/2010 9:31:54 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: valkyry1

Ack.

I don’t wanna talk about it!

Ack!

[tripods, cable releases, the damn little red “conversion” marks....ack!]


36 posted on 07/29/2010 9:32:34 PM PDT by Salamander (And I think I need some rest but sleeping don't come very easy in a straight white vest.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Here's the one I have:


37 posted on 07/29/2010 9:34:18 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: DeFault User

I bought my Canon AE-1 in 1978 and have several lens’ for it. I have taken several thousand pics with it at various places around the world. I still occasionally use it. It is still a great camera.


38 posted on 07/29/2010 9:34:30 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: OnTheDress

You’re probably exposing yourself to it right now, aren’t you?!?

[You Dektol fiend!]


39 posted on 07/29/2010 9:34:48 PM PDT by Salamander (And I think I need some rest but sleeping don't come very easy in a straight white vest.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Good for you SS, being a tradesman, at times I still use hand tools that my Grandfather used. Sometimes they are the perfect application to perform a certain task. What is old is new again, sorta of like our Constitution!
40 posted on 07/29/2010 9:36:10 PM PDT by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed! I support Marco Rubio 2010)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I always liked the Nikon F-3 better than the 8—8S and I think the Nikon F 100 would be a cool 2nd film camera.

Digital can never match the dynamic range of film since it is silver based-(analog), but digital exceeds film in the amount of different colors it can process.

I like them both.


41 posted on 07/29/2010 9:36:33 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Yah... I’ve still got my old Nikon FE2 and a selection of Nikkor lenses, including a schweet Nikkor 100-300 f4 lens. [sigh] Not sure what to do with any of it.


42 posted on 07/29/2010 9:37:19 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Salamander

LOL!


43 posted on 07/29/2010 9:37:49 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I was ready for a stray bird or dog lol. Glad you found it & may you take many beautiful pics!


44 posted on 07/29/2010 9:38:15 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn..........^..........)
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To: raygun

Just about all those older film SLRs will need new mirror foam and light seals. The good news is a reputable repairman should not charge more than a few dollars for both. My repairman who just retired, only charged two bucks for replacing the light seals. I think the mirror foam should be about the same.

If you can find the materials you can do it yourself, It is not a difficult or technical job. Just remove the old seals and foam which probably will have turned into black goo, then place new material in the slots. The foam for the mirror to bounce on is also fairly easy. You can probably find the materials at an arts and craft section of a large discount store.


45 posted on 07/29/2010 9:38:15 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: goodtomato

A nice set of planes and some good chisels are essential.


46 posted on 07/29/2010 9:41:07 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: Ramius

An FE2 was the first Nikon I ever bought, it fell off the back of my motorcycle, a Kawasaki Turbo 750, gloat!


47 posted on 07/29/2010 9:43:04 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: Salamander; SWAMPSNIPER

Dektol and a DK-50 back.

Click’in don’t hurt nobody.

Unless things develop!


48 posted on 07/29/2010 9:43:11 PM PDT by Cyber Ninja (Live and let live; is not working...)
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To: Salamander

Damn!

Amazing.


49 posted on 07/29/2010 9:45:09 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Have fun with it, then when you want to get serious, get a Canon digital camera.


50 posted on 07/29/2010 9:45:19 PM PDT by dragnet2
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