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Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Like a pair of favourite slippers, the X-700 has been around a long time. Program mode is unusual in a camera of this vintage, but Minolta have always been at the forefront (they introduced autofocus). When compared with their current range of autofocus offerings, the X-700 doesn't look very good value but the durability is superb.
THUNDYBUM  1229 forum posts England
06/10/2013 - 8:33 am

bought my first x700 in 1984 when it was head to head against the cannon ae1 program.very similar but shutter speed priority vrs the minolta aperture priority..
minolta one i was sold ,and 1 was sold to me.
the handling was firm ,positive and light all at the same time,this was improved on adding the md1 motor drive offering a mans size grip for longer lenses 3.2/2/ and single frame advancing with an eight sett of aa batteries in the bottom,no motor rewind on the drive though,manual through a push up lever on the back,but worth the money if your using anything but wide angle lenses on her..bless..
well starting from the top
95% optical viewfinder
frenzel screen microprisum collar split
focusing is easy to find and positve using each different area of the screen depending on the lens used,i use the collar and split mostly.
the apature is displayed unfortunatly though an optical windon at the bottom of the viewfinder..shame its the only{cheap} feal part of the camera should of done an electrical viewfinder notification of the lens position on the mount of the camera.in the dark or dim light its a pain.
the right side of the view finder shows a green p for program and a red a for apature priority bright nice .
the p programe mode is activated when the mechanical lens coupling pushes the pin on the md lens mount when twisting the apature collar to the smallest appature f22 ect,the your in programe mode.
when attaching a dedicated flash the viewfinder just shows a flashing f60 in what ever mode your in as well reda or p....
on the top on the camera a traditional layout
left asa range 25 to 1600 asa with +2 to - 2 exposure compensation collar in 1/2 stop adustments
then the control dial with positive click stop positioning not loose and sloppy like the ae1 cannon lea ving it open to accidental moving of the dail
red a for apature greep for the dail position of the program mode b mode and man speeds from 1 sec to 1/1000 /sec
pentaprisum ,with no dioptra adjust ment but in the old days you could and i have a collection of optical clip in eye lenses tha that adjust the eyepiece to your eyesight,there is also a grove for an eyecup too.get the minolta one,if you can gives better viewing through the finder for glasses or non glasses users.
dont use hard cheap alternatives feels like its trying to cut your eye out egh...
then the film crank,but youve bought a md1 drive havnt you ,so we only use this to load the film innitially thats it..
it has a pull up self timer on the front beep with flashing light or just flashing light depending on which mode sound on or sound off which is on a small rotational swith in front of the sutter dial ...
the metering is centerweighted....
from years of use id redcomend putting the exposure adjustment on + 1/2 and it then hardly misses a beat.
atach a dedicated gun on the hotshoe,ive use vivitar 5600 dedicated guns personally and with swiveel bounce and a 50mtr punch its all it needs and hits the exposures each time.
it has a pc flash socket and ive used stuidio flash sevel times with addell and set it manually on 1/60 for the final and last only negitive point was the old style focal plane shutter cloth type was on 1/60 of a sewcond even then a bit dated in 1984,when the pentax me super was hitting 1/125 with its mettal blade curtains with 1/2000 shutter as well...
this aside it uses better than both its nemisses cannon ae1 and the pentax me super..
classic ..
never gone wrone never lett me down i know have 4 with loads od md lenses .used less and less now but good to take out for a walk every now and again showing you why then minolta were a dynamic groundbreaking camera force to deal with.
they then started work on the dynax autofocus cameras the first ones to do it d7000 slow but anothr first.
shame there gone...
bye bye

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