I picked up what many see to be an iconic 35mm camera of our time, the Minolta X-700. Looking through the viewfinder it’s super spacious, bright and extremely user friendly. I’ve not shot with every vintage camera on the planet, but this view finder seems quite unusual to me for a vintage camera. It’s very much like a DSLR in size- and focus even though manual only- seems to be really joyful and easy to judge.
This example I picked up off Ebay is super tidy and the Minolta 50mm glass works well. Having an Aperture priority setting really makes this camera fun. Purists can look away. I care none. For serious, commercial and creative work manual is king- but for fun- and doco style- some automatic assistance is great. I’m not into reviewing gear, they are simply tools, but this camera does have a really good energy. It’s fun, and looks bad ass too.
Here are some frames from the first roll on Fujifilm Reala, my sunshine, and the zombie apocalypse called New Brighton (excuse the fuji-funky colours, and my poor scanning skills).