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Two Minolta Electroflashes & XK Stuff.
Old 04-26-2012   #121
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Two Minolta Electroflashes & XK Stuff.

The Minolta Electroflash 450 is from the XK/SRT202 era, it works perfectly and has plenty of power. Shown mounted on my SRT202.

Also shown is my Minolta Electroflash (the original one, from the early SRT era) also in perfect working order. Shown on my favorite SRT100.

I've also started looking for XK accessories. Shown is the High Magnification Viewfinder, the C3 Focusing Screen, and the XK Flashshoe. And an original SRT cable release.
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Old 04-30-2012   #122
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I've got the XD7. Well, as you said, that's very funny camera to work with, and I like it.
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I'm sort of craving an XD11 (XD7) how is the film advance on yours? My XE-7 is a DREAM the way it feels but it is large, and the screen in it isn't that bright (I use stop down lenses a lot, M42).

The meter is pretty damn good in the SRT and XE-7, despite being slow.
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Mine works well, sometimes it's got lag in shutter, I dont know why.
CLC in SRT is a bit overexposure, i found meter in XD7 very good.
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A Second Minolta SR-M Body.

I was searching on the internet for an XK body, but found this Minolta SR-M instead. It was only $299 so I grabbed it

Here is my new camera (on the left) with the 100mm F3.5 MC Rokkor. On the right, is my first Minolta SR-M, with 24mm F2.8 MC Rokkor.

Certainly a rare snag.
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I was searching on the internet for an XK body, but found this Minolta SR-M instead. It was only $299 so I grabbed it

Here is my new camera (on the left) with the 100mm F3.5 MC Rokkor. On the right, is my first Minolta SR-M, with 24mm F2.8 MC Rokkor.

Certainly a rare snag.
I think I have seen XK in bh.
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More Minolta items showing up here. The original Minolta Flash Meter, hopefully I will be able to restore it, it looks COOL and is rare to find in any condition. It will read flashbulbs, which is unusual, I think, and useful to me. And the Bellows I and Micro Stand for it, now I just need a Focusing Rail to complete the unit. The 100mm F4 Bellows Rokkor is an amazing lens to look through, absolutely beautiful Bokeh. Glad I was able to find one.

I have discovered the Minolta House Magazine "MINOLTA MIRROR" and have started to acquire back-issues. Absolutely beautiful printing and content. And, the House Newsletter, "THE CONTACT SHEET", also looking to acquire the set.

From Germany, two Minolta XK Screens (I now have the C1, C2 and C3), even though I don't have a body yet!! :-) From the same German dealer, a RARE 250 Exposure Film Cartridge, from the SR-M 250 Exposure Back. Price on the cartridge was very good, so I grabbed a few "XM" screens to help defray the high shipping costs.

Selling the last of my Leica Odds-N-Ends in a photo-only Auction here next week, at the local camera show. That will free up more funds for cool SRT stuff, I am hoping.

Greg Stelz in Durango, Colorado has overhauled my worst SRT101, and now I am amazed how differently it operates, it is like a BRAND NEW camera!! He even oils the shutter springs, and fires the shutter over a couple of weeks, to let the oil sink in. Then he calibrates the speeds (several different times). The meter is now amazingly accurate, dead-on with my eye, and most accurate meter (Honeywell Pentax ZoneVI digital meter). And amazing how bright the screen is, after a really complete thorough cleaning.

I may send him other SRT cameras, he completely strips-down and rebuilds -everything-. Replaced the loose lens mount springs too, it's now Super-tight and like-new, with every lens I have tried, so far. Well worth every penny of the $90 fee to Greg.
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Greg overhauled my SRT102. It is truly like a new camera now. He does fantastic work !

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Here is my new Minolta XK, purchased from KEH. It seems to work OK with the High Magnification Finder, shutter speeds seem reasonable. Occasionally the mirror locks up, I remove the battery, and then it's OK again. Could be a battery issue, I'm using generic LR44 cells in it. Maybe I should get some Duracell MS76's?

The AE Auto Exposure Prism is reading way too high, about 1/15 at f16 ISO 250 in bright pure sunlight. Using stopdown metering, it's reading about two stops too hot.

I'm thinking about maybe sending it to Essex for a complete overhaul in the future. Are there any other repair guys out there that are good with XK's?

Here it is, with the C1, C2, and C3 focus screens, and the hotshoe adapter.
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Congrats on your new XK. It looks beautiful. I envy you and the additional focusing screens. I've always wanted a plain (no fresnel, no split image) screen for mine. I have never had the problems you describe, in fact I,ve never had metering problems with any of my numerous Minoltas. I recently loaded my XK for the first time since last fall with the Delta 400 that I usually use in this camera. Looking forward to a good summer with it
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Congrats on your new XK. It looks beautiful. I envy you and the additional focusing screens. I've always wanted a plain (no fresnel, no split image) screen for mine. I have never had the problems you describe, in fact I,ve never had metering problems with any of my numerous Minoltas. I recently loaded my XK for the first time since last fall with the Delta 400 that I usually use in this camera. Looking forward to a good summer with it
Thanks for your comments.

I'm looking for the Type G Screen myself; That's the All-Matte XK Screen, which should be useful with my long lenses.

I picked up some Duracell 357 cells, and it seems to be making some difference. By adjusting the exposure compensation dial, I can get the meter to agree with a key-sun exposure of 1/250 at f/16 with Eastman XX ISO 250 motion picture film. The original XK instructions indicate a EV3.5 exposure adjustment with the C3 screen and 400mm lens, which is what I just shot at on Auto, so the meter seems to be waking up?? Let's wait and see, it's looking more reasonable.
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Here is my new Minolta XK, purchased from KEH. It seems to work OK with the High Magnification Finder, shutter speeds seem reasonable. Occasionally the mirror locks up, I remove the battery, and then it's OK again. Could be a battery issue, I'm using generic LR44 cells in it. Maybe I should get some Duracell MS76's?

The AE Auto Exposure Prism is reading way too high, about 1/15 at f16 ISO 250 in bright pure sunlight. Using stopdown metering, it's reading about two stops too hot.

I'm thinking about maybe sending it to Essex for a complete overhaul in the future. Are there any other repair guys out there that are good with XK's?

Here it is, with the C1, C2, and C3 focus screens, and the hotshoe adapter.
Congrats on finding a XK, it looks to be in excellent condition. If you get the time I'd like to see some more photos of it. You do not get to see these very often, in fact I can not remember ever seeing one of these being used, only photos of them on the web. Anyway, I'm happy for you for finding your new camera.
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If it's goofy battery stuff I'd check the actual battery contacts, clean out the entire compartment with white vinegar and alcohol, and slightly pull the tab out so it makes stronger contact with the battery consistently. I've resolved XE-7 battery issues just by doing a simple cleaning/bending.
Hi Clayne,

That's a really good suggestion, Thanks. I used a q-tip with white vinegar first, then alcohol, and then lightly bent the battery contact. Need to continue playing with it, it does seem to be coming back to life.
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Yep the XK/XM is a beauty.
HAndles so nice.
Of my Monolta's it's my favorite.

If it's working i'd have it CLA'd as fast as is possible.
Mine was overhaled recently and many solder joints had to be redone as they were failing.

Also be extra careful not to knock the metering head as they can be fragile.
The printboard is a ceramic one I think ?
And vulnerably placed.
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If it's working i'd have it CLA'd as fast as is possible. Mine was overhaled recently and many solder joints had to be redone as they were failing.
Hello Hatch,

I am curious, who did the work for you on your XK? So far, the only ones I have found that will work on it, are Essex Camera Repair, who I have had really good luck with in recent years. They charge $180 for an XK CLA. The metering head does have a small dent in the front of it, hopefully that has not affected the circuit board.

Who else out there can do a reliable CLA on an XK? Anybody with recent experience? Thnx!
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I glad to see some appreciation for the XK. For a long time it was never given the respect it deserved. I love my XK's.

My first one was a gift back in 1984. It was dropped by a customs agent in Hawaii and they paid my friend full value. He replaced it with a Nikon EM and gave me the XK because about every third frame the advance would hang and you had to jiggle it. That never bothered me.

About ten years ago bought a spare and use it almost daily. I've never sent either off for CLA. I installed new seals and that's about it.
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In 1974 I was a Sophomore in High School, shooting photojournalism for the school paper, and stringing for the local weekly papers. I bought my Minolta SRT-100 brand new from the local camera store, and that camera generated alot of National Scholastic Press Association award-winning photographs for me and my school paper. And owning a new Minolta entitled me to free copies of the "Minolta Contact Sheet", which was their official newsletter and was always enjoyable reading.

Anyway in 1974 Minolta began to start the "buzz" on the XK, and of course, I lusted for one. Never actually saw one, the local shops didn't stock 'em, I guess B&H had some, and probably also select stores in Toronto.

Here is what started my XK lust back in 1974:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MINOLTA-CLUB...item53ed71d33b

Working in local camera stores, and Columbus Camera Group while in College, I never saw an XK, as I can recall. They have always been rare and elusive.
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Nokton48, as I read your post, I was thinking back to my days working at a camera store in Burlingame Ca....I didn't recall the Minolta XK either. I guessed it was just my memory, but maybe not. Then again, I don't recall any Minolta products at that store. Minolta was always at the end of the line when it came to cameras back then. We sold Olympus, Bronica, Hasselblad, Canon, and of course, Nikon.
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Well, I've gone and done it... picked up a black SRT-101 from goodwill. It has the 58mm 1.4 PF which doesn't have even the slightest mark on it and the body is probably KEH BGN grade at worst. Stuck a fresh battery in and everything seems to be working perfectly but I've yet to run film through it. Guess I'm back in the SRT club after selling the only other one I've owned.
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Due to reading this thread, I've retrieved my SRT101 and SRT201 from the shelf above my desk. The 101 is missing the lever on the rewind knob, but that probably isn't a big deal. The SRT201...I need to figure why I removed the ASA knob and dial...years ago...and try to remember how it goes back together. It took some digging around, but I found the parts in a drawer.

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Congrats on finding a XK, it looks to be in excellent condition. If you get the time I'd like to see some more photos of it. You do not get to see these very often, in fact I can not remember ever seeing one of these being used, only photos of them on the web. Anyway, I'm happy for you for finding your new camera.
Here is another view of my new XK, with the 85mm F1.7 MC Rokkor and Minolta 450 Electroflash, which was specifically designed for the XK. Also black TomA Softie and Domke Gripper Strap, with black hairtie. This camera is in good shape but still needs an overhaul, mainly due to it's age plus autoexposure issues. The seals have been recently replaced, which is a good thing. Dsitinct odor of contact cement when you open the back.
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Hello Hatch,

I am curious, who did the work for you on your XK? So far, the only ones I have found that will work on it, are Essex Camera Repair, who I have had really good luck with in recent years. They charge $180 for an XK CLA. The metering head does have a small dent in the front of it, hopefully that has not affected the circuit board.

Who else out there can do a reliable CLA on an XK? Anybody with recent experience? Thnx!
I don't know his name, someone else passed it on to him.
It seems he is starting up a shop, but nothing is sure yet.

I'll find out how he can be reached.
He works quick and isn't very expensive.

Now a more sad tale:
In my quest to have mine fixed, I called a repair shop over here in the Netherlands only to hear they'd thrown away all MF Minolta spare parts includig those for the XM during a recent move

But that's usually the way we do it over here.
Throw away everything as soon as you can buy something new and then after 20 or 30 years import it at great cost from somewhere else for that nostalgic feeling.

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I did buy a new AE finder for my XK because I found that the aperture window in the viewfinder wasn't well illuminated in my old one. That may be something to watch out for.
Mine had the same problem. it seems the little mirror that directs the light gets dislodged quite easily.
Mine's stuck back in the correct spot and it's as back to spec.
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I love my SR-T 201 and it doesn't even have a functioning light meter. When I got it from ebay I was disappointed I couldn't use the light meter, but then I thought that maybe I could just use it without one. That's when I started learning the sunny 16 rule and surprisingly it's been mostly successful. Actually, I'm kind of glad because now I can estimate exposure pretty well without it and I couldn't even imagine doing that before I got it. Rokker 55mm 1.7 lens is just beautiful.

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I love my SR-T 201 and it doesn't even have a functioning light meter. When I got it from ebay I was disappointed I couldn't use the light meter, but then I thought that maybe I could just use it without one. That's when I started learning the sunny 16 rule and surprisingly it's been mostly successful. Actually, I'm kind of glad because now I can estimate exposure pretty well without it and I couldn't even imagine doing that before I got it. Rokker 55mm 1.7 lens is just beautiful.

Here is one that I took with it.
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I love my SR-T 201 and it doesn't even have a functioning light meter. When I got it from ebay I was disappointed I couldn't use the light meter, but then I thought that maybe I could just use it without one. That's when I started learning the sunny 16 rule and surprisingly it's been mostly successful. Actually, I'm kind of glad because now I can estimate exposure pretty well without it and I couldn't even imagine doing that before I got it. Rokker 55mm 1.7 lens is just beautiful.

Here is one that I took with it.
...where was this taken????? It looks like Dr's Lake in Orange Park, Florida.
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...where was this taken????? It looks like Dr's Lake in Orange Park, Florida.
It was taken on some construction site off of Hendrix Avenue road near where University Blvd. ends.
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I've been out shooting with my new XK, with 21mm F2.8 MC Rokkor (legendary lens), Stovepipe High Magnification Viewfinder, and C2 (Coarse Microprism) XK Focusing screen. Also my Minolta Autometer II clipped to the Domke Gripper strap.

It reminds me alot of my Nikon F2's, when I had them, I often used to use them with the Nikon Stovepipe Finders. Great for viewing, high eyepoint, shooting alot from lower angles (as you might expect). I am delighted with XK and the way it handles. I do need to find a better example of the AE Finder, this one needs some calibration. I recently shot alot of flash pictures with the camera, and of course, it makes no difference to have an auto exposure finder for that.

The C2 screen is great with the 21mm Rokkor, very easy to see the focus changing as you dial it in. A benefit of the stovepipe, is no metering with that C2 screen. According to the XK instruction book, you have to dial in the EV compensation, as you change just about every focal length of lens. That's a lot of bother, which is avoided with the meterless High Magnification stovepipe finder.

This XK is definately a keeper.
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As much as I have been enjoying using my XK with the High Magnification Finder, I know there will be times when I will want to use an eyelevel finder. The AE Finder which came with this body needs some calibration, although it is very clean looking. I have been considering sending it to Essex Camera in New Jersey, but then, a Minolta XK AE-S Finder popped up at KEH for $189, so I grabbed it, along with another XK focusing screen. I can't imagine I will want to use the AE finder, with the AE-S now soon to arrive.

I know it has silicon blue cells, for great low light response, and is very quick responding to light level changes. And LED's in the viewfinder, rather than a needle, much like the Nikon F2AS Finder on the F2. According to The Rokkor Files, Minolta XK owners liked the AE-S Finder so much, that it became the standard finder at the very end of the XK run. Anybody out there liking the AE-S XK Finder?
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I just joined the SRT club with today's thrift store find. Very clean kit with 3 SR lenses and just found the Hi-Matic G at a different thrift store.

*Clean SRT-101(ASA dial) with minor battery compartment corrosion. Now cleaned and test battery confirms working meter
*35mm MC W Rokkor HG 2.8 - oil on blades
*58mm MC Rokkor PF 1.4 - clean with caps
*135mm MC Tele Rokkor PF 2.8 - clean with caps
*oddball M42 mount 28mm Bushnell 2.8 - nicely built lens
*3x Kenko tele converter
*manuals, case, strap, JC Penny 4-way bounce flash

The camera body does have an issue with the mirror not returning to the viewing position after releasing the shutter though . . . will give the camera a try with a test roll. It feels like a very robust camera.


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funny, my 101 does that sometimes too.

I just crank it and go on shooting. If it gives out, a replacement would be all of 20 dollars.

the 58/1.4 is a nice lens from what I've seen. It would be interesting to compare it with my 1.2 version.
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redisburning, you're correct on replacement cost. That's the beauty of the SR system. For the purchase price of everything, I'm considering the body as "free".

Thanks to clayne for the kick return gear tip - sounds like an easy thing to do. I'm going to look at that 58mm a little closer now.
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reposting from an unanswered thread i started in the SRT group on flickr.

so ive been using my 102 for a bit now and decided to throw on an old Sears flash so i can go shoot at night. i put it on and it won't fire (it works on my other cameras). i tried turning the switch from FP to X and that didn't make a difference.

what am i missing here?
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Try a PC cable. Or simply put the Shutter speed to 60.
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reposting from an unanswered thread i started in the SRT group on flickr.

so ive been using my 102 for a bit now and decided to throw on an old Sears flash so i can go shoot at night. i put it on and it won't fire (it works on my other cameras). i tried turning the switch from FP to X and that didn't make a difference.

what am i missing here?
Try bending a metal paper clip, and using the tip of it to short out the flash cable. Make sure the flash will fire by itself, to rule out that possibility.

If there is a break in the flashcord itself, you can determine that, by hooking up the flash to the camera, setting the camera to "B", and holding the shutter open (or put on a locking cable release). Then, jiggle and move around the flash cord while still attached. If the flash fires when you jiggle the wire, then you have a defective (shorting) flashcord.

If that is not the problem, something (probably the flash contacts inside the body) will need some cleaning up.
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Rokkor 50mm f1.7 is fantastic

Corto - you hit the mother lode of the entire Minolta gold mine. My first camera (1969) was an SRT101 with the PC-Rokkor (all metal & glass) version of the f1.7. An "odd" aperture at the time (standard was f2, "better" was f/1.4), the f/1.7 is fantastic. I'm still digging out & scanning/printing my B&W negs or Kodachromes from that era - amazing glass. And you are in "NE PA" - a trove of photogenic scenery. Looking forward to more of your Rokkorwerk.
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Funny, I never really thought much of the SRT models until I actually shot with one. I just ran a roll of Walgreens 200 through my 101 and the whole experience was very good. I like the ergos, weight, match needle and never had a smoother wind of film back into the canister. It seems like the camera does just about everything well, not just a couple of really good strong points.
Even the mirror issue is working itself out with use - I'm sure this camera has been sitting idle for a while.
The 58mm 1.4 is fine for my recreational shooting.

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Good stuff. Makes you realize how the majority of the gear talk is really noise, doesn't it? :-)
...that's for sure! You do not have to spend huge amounts of money trying to acquire the latest & greatest gear in-order to impress or express.
There is a quote that is attributed to an anonymous photog that goes like this: "Buying a Nikon does not make you a photographer. It simply makes you a Nikon owner." Works with whatever flavor you like.
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