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Old 01-23-2016   #601
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I've been working on getting this 250 Exposure SR-M Back going. It fires and works well, but really needs an interior mechanism cleaning, and I am going to check to see if John Titterington will take it on. If not, then I will try Greg Stelz, they are my two main repair guys for Minolta. Greg has been doing a great job with my SRM's.

I decided to buy another Domke Gripper strap for the 250 SRM Back. It works great and matches my other Minolta gear. I wondered how I was going to carry this thing around. With the Domke it's not an issue, easy to sling and quick to use. Massive Photo Firepower!

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Old 03-26-2016   #602
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I found my Minolta 16MG! I took this camera on my honeymoon twenty years ago. I want to load up some cartridges (I have three, need more) and shoot some Eastman 7222 or cut-down 5222. This will be a fun project. Notice the curves on the 16MG; They remind me a lot of the SRT series cameras. The meter and shutter still seem to operate perfectly. Typical of most Minolta products.

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Old 05-21-2016   #603
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A Dutch shop has the Minolta MD 250mm f/5.6 RF Rokkor for sale. I thought it interesting, looked into it and it seemed a very capable lens. I was considering it until I saw the price: €750,-
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Old 05-22-2016   #604
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Well now I have -two- Minolta 16mm F2.8 MC Rokkors. I misplaced this lens, and searched for it for over a year, with no luck. At the same time I kept an eye out and finally bought this one, all the way from Hungary. And, then of course, the first lens turned up!

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From Summer 2016 in Toronto,

Shot on my Minolta SRT 102, MC Rokkor 50 f1.4 lens with Bergger BRF 400 processed in D76 1+1.

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Same Minolta SRT 102, MC Rokkor 28 f3.5 lens with Bergger BRF 400 processed in HC110 B.

Getting Across Front at York by Bill Smith, on Flickr

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I really like how that Rokkor 58mm f1.4 lens draws.
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This is an old thread but I just picked up this kit simply for the lens. It's an Auto-Rokkor 58mm f1.4 Steel nose and pre-dates the MC lenses by a few years. It's a bit soft wide open which doesn't bother me at all as I'm looking for the out of focus highlights rendering.
The second picture was shot with the lens on a Fuji Xt1.


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Thanks for the reminder I need to send in my 1.4/58 for repair as it's stuck wide open. I purchased it and a just CLA'ed SRT-101 back in 1996 and is the setup that returned me to film photography a few years back.
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Thanks for the reminder I need to send in my 1.4/58 for repair as it's stuck wide open. I purchased it and a just CLA'ed SRT-101 back in 1996 and is the setup that returned me to film photography a few years back.
John Titterington fixes most Rokkors in the $25-$35 category and does a great job.

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The 85mm F1.7 MC Rokkor makes a great portrait lens
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My Black SRT101 with F1.2 MC lens
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Minolta SRT 101, MC Rokkor 50 f1.7 lens.
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When at a local thrift store last weekend, a SRT-201 was found with mechanical bits floating around in the viewfinder, an inoperable aperture indicator and such. But the rest seemed fine and the price was appropriate for the condition.

It came home with me. And the test roll out through it turned out excellent.
So now it's sporting a heavily patina'd old 1.7/85mm with the hills and valley focus ring. I think it will be my SLR for when I'm concerned the conditions are iffy for a 35mm film camera. There are places my M4 and M3 simply do not go. But I do.

And in time it may get a full rebuild by the same guy who rebuilt my SRT-101 in 1996.
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Nokton48, what lens(es) did you use for these shots?

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Old 02-24-2017   #620
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The top one, the 85mm F1.7 MC Rokkor.
The bottom two, the 58mm F1.2 MC Rokkor.

Two of my favorites.
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Thanks!

I have the 85mm f1.7 MD Rokkor, and it is my favorite lens.

I would dearly love to have a 58mm f1.2 MC Rokkor, but I actually use the normal focal length very little.

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I would dearly love to have a 58mm f1.2 MC Rokkor, but I actually use the normal focal length very little.

These days I am using everything very little
Lots going on. The 50mm F1.2 I use for -no- DOF and interior photography with my XX film.

I do need to use it more Lovely cult lens Replaced my Canon RF 50mm F1.2
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Another 58mm F1.2 MC Rokkor

Minolta SRT-101 #17 Nikon LS2000 by Nokton48, on Flickr

This lens replaced my 50mm F1.2 RF Canon. Don't miss it.
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One of my black SRT101's with my 58mm F1.2 MC Rokkor

2016-06-26 13.14.45 by Nokton48, on Flickr

I need to dust it off and use it more!
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My first 35mm camera was an SRT-101 that I bought in late 66 or 67. It had the 58 1.4 which to this day I think was one of the best normals I've ever owned. I added a 200 3.5 and 300 and planned to add a 28 but switched to Leicas. I've been tempted to pick up one with the 1.4 for nostalgia sake.
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My first 35mm camera was an SRT-101 that I bought in late 66 or 67. It had the 58 1.4 which to this day I think was one of the best normals I've ever owned. I added a 200 3.5 and 300 and planned to add a 28 but switched to Leicas. I've been tempted to pick up one with the 1.4 for nostalgia sake.

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I came back to Minolta SRT's for nostalgic reasons, and then decided to change back over to them. I sold all of my exotic expensive Leicas and RF Canons and I have not regretted it. Then I could easily afford to put together the dream Minolta system I wanted when I was younger. Now I am a happy Guy.


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I came back to Minolta SRT's for nostalgic reasons, and decide to change back over to them. I sold all of my exotic expensive Leicas and RF Canons and I have not regretted it. Then I could easily afford to put together the dream Minolta system I wanted when I was younger. Now I am a happy Guy.


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Totally agree. Even by today's standards its tops. A friend gave me a box of cameras he'd had and there was a seriously beat up SRT101. It was in such sad shape I gave it away. I don't think it was working unfortunately.

I'm keeping my eye on one on the bay right now. Like I need another camera.
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Black Minolta SRT 303

This is my second SRT in black. Picked it up a couple of months ago on the bay for dirt cheap -- it came with the 50mm 1.7 lens which I sold (already have one) and it paid for the cost of bidding for the whole camera. Igor's Camera had a 24mm 2.8 lens with hood and caps for $100, so I picked that up, as the focal length is my favorite for street photography. My other Minolta is a SRT 101, also black, with a 24-35 MD zoom lens.
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This is my second SRT in black. Picked it up a couple of months ago on the bay for dirt cheap -- it came with the 50mm 1.7 lens which I sold (already have one) and it paid for the cost of bidding for the whole camera. Igor's Camera had a 24mm 2.8 lens with hood and caps for $100, so I picked that up, as the focal length is my favorite for street photography. My other Minolta is a SRT 101, also black, with a 24-35 MD zoom lens.


Stefan,
Lovely SRT there. The 303 is the European model.
Sounds like you are also happy with your Minoltas.
$100 is a steal for a 24mm F2.8 MD. Well done.
I paid $250 for my 24mm F2.8 MC.
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My dad had a SRT 101. He was an architect, and shot with a 28mm lens and was happy with it. When I went back to shooting film, I went to the Bessa L with 24 mm lens, then a Leica m2 with 35mm. Neither really worked for me - either mechanical or design issues that I found got in my way of visualizing and shooting. I got a Minolta and never looked back, as far as 35mm shooting goes. I have that Plaubel loaded and ready to go, when I can get a chance (I have a 2 year old). Also a pair of Linhofs where one will see some film and the other will see some instant film and 70mm film run through it.
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I came back to Minolta SRT's for nostalgic reasons, and then decided to change back over to them. I sold all of my exotic expensive Leicas and RF Canons and I have not regretted it. Then I could easily afford to put together the dream Minolta system I wanted when I was younger. Now I am a happy Guy.


Minolta glass is simply the finest. No wonder they teamed up with Leitz.

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I did that 10+ years ago; sold a complete Contax G system and assembled my MF Minolta system, though mine is built around the half dozen XD-11 bodies I accumulated with the lenses. Now I'm looking for a nice SRT-102...
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The 1.7/55mm Rokkor PF is a great piece of glass for the SRT. It's one of my favorite 50's and ranks right up there with a V.1 50 Summilux and 1.4/50 C Sonnar ZM in my opinion. And yes, I use principly b&w film.
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I did that 10+ years ago; sold a complete Contax G system and assembled my MF Minolta system, though mine is built around the half dozen XD-11 bodies I accumulated with the lenses. Now I'm looking for a nice SRT-102...
Welcome to RFF!

The SR-T 102 is my favorite, too.

For an electronic model, I like the X-570, as my approach to aperture-priority automation requires AEL (auto-exposure lock).

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An SRT or an Ftb is one of those good values in the film market today.
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I am glad to see renewed interest in this thread.

Now to get out and use my SRT's......
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Just put a roll of Kodak Gold in my 303.
I assume turning off the meter will become second nature after a while.

This is a great thread!
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Welcome to RFF!

The SR-T 102 is my favorite, too.

For an electronic model, I like the X-570, as my approach to aperture-priority automation requires AEL (auto-exposure lock).

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Murray,

Thanks for the welcome. I've lurked for some time, and when I saw the reference to David Kilpatrick's brilliant article I felt it was time to post. The sr-T's introduced many people to the brilliance of the Minolta Rokkor lenses.

The X-570 is a fabulous camera, in some ways the ultimate MF Minolta combining excellent info in the viewfinder with TTL-OTF flash automation. Add the AEL and you have a camera that I should love.

But I can't get away from the sensual experience that handling an XD-11 provides. Compared to any other camera body that I've used, the XD-11 is, for me, the most natural instrument. All the controls are exactly where I want them; I never need take the camera away from my eye. The shutter is a whisper compared to other cameras' "ka-chunk", and the size, weight, and form are all spot-on. In my highly biased view, the XD-11 is the pinnacle of Minolta camera design.

However, none of that would matter were it not for the magnificent MC/MD lenses Minolta made. As superior as the Minolta bodies were compared to their contemporaries, it was and is the consistency and the quality of the Rokkor and early MD lenses that create the distinctive Minolta look. I constantly remind myself that the camera body is there to hold and accurately expose the film. The real key, aside from the photographer's skill, is the lens.

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SRT101b kit

This was my Grandpa's kit and only recently came into my possession. It needs a bit of work and sadly isn't getting used at the moment (hard to find room for a third 35mm system...)

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Thanks for the welcome. I've lurked for some time, and when I saw the reference to David Kilpatrick's brilliant article I felt it was time to post. The sr-T's introduced many people to the brilliance of the Minolta Rokkor lenses.

The X-570 is a fabulous camera, in some ways the ultimate MF Minolta combining excellent info in the viewfinder with TTL-OTF flash automation. Add the AEL and you have a camera that I should love.

But I can't get away from the sensual experience that handling an XD-11 provides. Compared to any other camera body that I've used, the XD-11 is, for me, the most natural instrument. All the controls are exactly where I want them; I never need take the camera away from my eye. The shutter is a whisper compared to other cameras' "ka-chunk", and the size, weight, and form are all spot-on. In my highly biased view, the XD-11 is the pinnacle of Minolta camera design.

However, none of that would matter were it not for the magnificent MC/MD lenses Minolta made. As superior as the Minolta bodies were compared to their contemporaries, it was and is the consistency and the quality of the Rokkor and early MD lenses that create the distinctive Minolta look. I constantly remind myself that the camera body is there to hold and accurately expose the film. The real key, aside from the photographer's skill, is the lens.

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Nice comments. The XD is surely a great camera...except no autoexposure lock? And exposure compensation in full stops only!? As nice a camera as it is, and even owning and shooting one for about 6 months, these two shortcomings are deal breakers for me. I got a X-500
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Murray,

Thanks for the welcome. I've lurked for some time, and when I saw the reference to David Kilpatrick's brilliant article I felt it was time to post. The sr-T's introduced many people to the brilliance of the Minolta Rokkor lenses.

The X-570 is a fabulous camera, in some ways the ultimate MF Minolta combining excellent info in the viewfinder with TTL-OTF flash automation. Add the AEL and you have a camera that I should love.

But I can't get away from the sensual experience that handling an XD-11 provides. Compared to any other camera body that I've used, the XD-11 is, for me, the most natural instrument. All the controls are exactly where I want them; I never need take the camera away from my eye. The shutter is a whisper compared to other cameras' "ka-chunk", and the size, weight, and form are all spot-on. In my highly biased view, the XD-11 is the pinnacle of Minolta camera design.

However, none of that would matter were it not for the magnificent MC/MD lenses Minolta made. As superior as the Minolta bodies were compared to their contemporaries, it was and is the consistency and the quality of the Rokkor and early MD lenses that create the distinctive Minolta look. I constantly remind myself that the camera body is there to hold and accurately expose the film. The real key, aside from the photographer's skill, is the lens.

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Hi Cork -

I've never actually handled an XD-11 myself, but I have heard that it feels more solid and refined than its successors. I'm glad you've found a camera that suits you so well. For me, it's got to have AEL, so the X-570 it is for an SLR with an electronic shutter.

Then, as you note, there are those wonderful Minolta Rokkor lenses.

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