Skip to comments.It Followed Me Home!
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.
What is film?
It followed you home and your Mom let you keep it? Excellent.
I think brushing removes it from your teeth?
Isn’t it fun when you find treasure?! I love your pic’s, they are a joy.
I’ll take my Pentax ME Super 1981 w/super 35 color slide.
[formerly never seen without at least 1 Olympus OM1-MD hanging off her neck]
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.
Is there anywhere that you’ll be able to get film developed?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
LOL! You go guy!
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
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.
Okay, cool. Thanks!
FWIW, I also googled this up:
Has info on Minolta SRT series and other Minolta models too.
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.)
Ditto here. IIRC it cost nearly $300 when it was new, not including lenses.
You beat me by 4 minutes!
Sweet find at a sweeter price! Glad to see it found a good home!!
Haven't had them out since my first digital Oly in the 90s.
Ain't never goin' back.
[and digital UV/IR photography rules]
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.
If that was a woman, I’d marry it.
Ok, I admit it, I’m chromasexual.
May God have mercy on my halide.
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.
Walmart does this but I've been told the files they give you are compressed too much to print larger than 4X6.
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’.
You ever done infared film photography? I have ;-)
I love old stuff, I'm old myself!
I don’t wanna talk about it!
[tripods, cable releases, the damn little red “conversion” marks....ack!]
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.
You’re probably exposing yourself to it right now, aren’t you?!?
[You Dektol fiend!]
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.
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.
I was ready for a stray bird or dog lol. Glad you found it & may you take many beautiful pics!
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.
A nice set of planes and some good chisels are essential.
An FE2 was the first Nikon I ever bought, it fell off the back of my motorcycle, a Kawasaki Turbo 750, gloat!
Dektol and a DK-50 back.
Click’in don’t hurt nobody.
Unless things develop!
Have fun with it, then when you want to get serious, get a Canon digital camera.
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