Minolta X-700

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by manuel_odabashian, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. First time i've posted a question on this forum. Just curious to know people's opinions on the X-700. I rather liked it after having my OM-10 stolen i was forced to upgrade let me know what you think
     
  2. Welcome to the forum. While the X-700 is more automatic than the OM-1, I don't think I'd call it an upgrade. The electronics haven't aged gracefully in some. If you want some automation consider the OM-2. If you want to try Minolta maybe an XE-7.
     
  3. The X-700 has a well known problen with its capacitors. These are parts which are very inexpensive but which will eventually need to be replaced in just about every X-700. Any qualified repair facility can make this repair easily.
    There have been many postings about the X-700 so I will repeat some of the things I have said about it before. Like the OM-1, the X-700 has interchangeable focusing screens. The Minolta screens are much harder to find because most people who liked changing screens had Nikon F series cameras or Canon F-1s. The X-700 is light but not flimsy. It has hybrid metal/plastic construction and is reasonably durable. You would not want to smash one against a Canon F-1 to see which camera would still work but it is decently made. The X-700 has a very bright viewfinder, TTL flash metering with the excellent 280PX, 360PX and 80PX ringlight units as well as some Sunpak and Nissin units with the correct adapters. The meter in the X-700 has a center weighted pattern. It is responsive and accurate. A motor and a winder are available for the X-700. You can use any Minolta SR mount lens. Only MD lenses will work in the Program mode. In Aperture Priority mode MC lenses work just as well. All cameras have a distinct feel. The shutter in the X-700 is a cloth horizontal type. It has a maximum speed of 1/1000 and a flahg synch speed of 1/60. These same shutter features are shared by the OM-1. I recently got my sixth X-700 and used my first one today to shoot a roll of CVS 400 speed color print film. Most of my flash pictures are taken with an X-700 using a 280PX or 360PX flash. The 360 sits high up enough that I rarely get red-eye when I mount it on the hot shoe. With the 280PX I prefer to use a bracket.
    What about other Minolta anual focus SLRs? You can get an X-700 repaired more readily than an XE series camera. The X-700 had a very long production run. It was introduced in 1981 and was made until about 2000. The last few years of production were in China with Japanese parts. The OM-2N seems to be the preferred OM-2 model and has a good following. Specifications between the X-700 and OM-2N are similar in most areas.
     
  4. If I'm reading this correctly you already have an X-700 and it's working? (It's quite common to have a working one.) I like it quite a bit (though the XD remains my favorite Minolta) - it works very well, the meter is good, the focusing screen is excellent. I just received a Hasselblad in the mail and it has the screen upgraded - to one made by Minolta using the same material as the X-700 screen! And of course you get to use the excellent and now very inexpensive MD and MC glass, and the 360PX is fantastic as well.
    You just have to not mind plastic. If you hate plastic, you hate the X-series. Personally my complaint is that it doesn't display all the info you need for setting your shutter in manual in the finder.
     
  5. I think I misread the original question. I you do already have the X-700 I guess recommendations for other models aren't what you're after. Among my many Minoltas I do have one X-700. It currently needs a capacitor. I do like the bright screen and light weight so I probably will get it repaired eventually. Mine was purchased new in 1992. Mechanically, they're pretty sound, although the film counter has been known to fail. My biggest complaint is that the X-700 is completely battery dependent. Unlike the XD and XE series that offered a mechanical speed as backup, the X-700 is as dead as a can of Spam when the batteries poop out. But as others have said, the TTL flash metering with the PX series flashes is nice. When my family had a camera shop we sent a couple of X-700's off for that problem.
    Now, should you miss the mechanical operation of the OM-1, but want to continue with Minolta, take a look at the SRT series. There are quite a few of us in this forum that use them.
     
  6. OP did not say he had an OM 1; he said he had an OM10, which is a whole other story, and makes the X-700 indeed a trade up.
    I love my Minoltas. The finest SLR they made in my view is the XD11 or, as a non-US poster called it, the XD (it was XD11 only in the US I believe). Heavier all metal build than the X-700 but graceful and not that heavy; not a 2 lb tank like the XE 7 or the older SRTs. After that the X-700 and the X-570.The X-700 has program mode; the X-570 is almost identical but without that mode, and it shows you what shutter speed you're at in the viewfinder, which, senselessly, the X-700 does not. I also have the X7A which is a later cheaper iteration of the X-370 which was itself a cheaper iteration of the X 570; and I have the highly plastic-y almost toylike X-9 -- Minolta's last manual focus camera -- which is actually a good camera that mounts all the great Minolta glass and can be gotten for about $15 or $20.
     
  7. You can't compare the X-700 with the OM-10. From the Olympus line the OM-2s would be the more apropriate partner. I had several X-500 (570 in the US.market) and found it to be the "better" 700, because it shows you the appropriate time in manual mode in the finder. Still I prefer the solution Olympus choose with the OM-2n for manual mode. It's the same display as the OM-1.
    The capacitor problem has been mentioned. I would never travel with a X-700. Otherwise it's a fine camera. BTW my only MInolta now is a SRT-101b.
     
  8. I just wanted opinions on the camera that's all. I loved it when i got it and yes something like the OM-2N is a better camera even so the rugged "feel" and the smooth lever really is something that i liked. They didn't improve the glass which was why i eventually got an 700si in fact i wrote a letter to their office in milton keynes which afterwards went to head office in Japan but i never got a reply i would have loved to have used the newer lenses on my X-700 i think that you may be able to get an adapter but it adds to the focal length
     
  9. Sorry. It was OM-10. Then an X-700 is a step up.
     
  10. Here's what I think: the x700 is ok. There are much better Minolta bodies and you have lots of choices. The Rokkor lenses it takes on its SR-mount are superb and much more plentiful/cheaper than Zuiko glass. I predict that after you get comfortable on the x700 (a good learning tool), you will want to keep the glass and move to a better Minolta body...
     
  11. The X-700 is a good camera. Its main advantage over other models is the "P" program mode, where the camera chooses the aperture (with MD lenses) and shutter speed, and all you need do is focus and press the shutter button.
    But if you like to shoot in manual mode, where you select aperture and shutter speed, the X-570 is considered better for that, even though it lacks program mode. The 570 shows, in the viewfinder, both the metered, suggested shutter speed, and the shutter speed that you have manually selected. The 700 only shows you what the meter thinks you should use in manual mode.
    Probably the best accessory you can get for certain Minolta X- XG-series cameras (including the 700, 570, 370 & XG-M) is the Motor Drive 1 (MD-1). This will give you up to about 4 frames per second motor drive, plus selectable single frame and slow modes. Its best feature is the large handle with forward shutter button, like most modern DSLRS have, that makes the camera much easier to hold and shoot with. I realized this a couple weeks ago when I was shooting with the 570 without the MD-1. My fingers were very cramped, and it was hard to hold the camera. The SRT-101 I was also shooting with that day was much more comfortable.
    Lots of good information is archived at The Rokkor Files. (that's your camera with the MD-1 in the upper left of the home page)
    Enjoy your Minolta!
     
  12. As mentioned, the X 700 has 2 caps. 1 in the base (easy to get to) & 1 under the top cover (not so easy to access). I repaired & use 2 X370's & for easier repair (less wires to desolder/solder etc), I'll take it over the X700. Same optics so nothing better there. The X570 is a step up from the 370 & offers DOF whereas iirc, the X700 does not & again only 1 cap to replace if needed. Some feel the 570 was the best of the lot in terms of features. Not in the class of an SRT in terms of sturdiness etc but for amateur use, they do fine.
     
  13. I'm not sure if i'm getting confused but if memory seves me correctly the X-570 was the last Minolta manual camera at least in britain. What i recall is that the viewfinder was quite dim. Perhaps in the states the X-570 was the same as the X-500 over here. Maybe someone can clarify that
     
  14. If you go for an SRT Minolta, there's one problem you should be wary of. Every time you want to go shooting, you want to take the SRT above all other cameras. Even if you have another camera that is uniquely right for the task, the SRT still calls to you. It not only compels you to shoot with it, it makes you shoot a lot! The darn thing is inspiring. This problem with an SRT cannot be repaired with capacitors or Wein cells.
     
  15. The last manual focus Minolta made was the X370S. It shared the same body as the X700 and X570, having the easy to hold grip up front, but retaining the thumbwheel shutter speed dial of the orginal X370 and X370N. Not sure what was the last to be marketed in the U.K., though. Here in the USA, the X570 was discontinued long before the last X700's were sold.
    Manuel- if you have the X700 just enjoy it and by all means look for some of that good (but still inexpensive Rokkor/Minolta) glass to go with it. If you check the older posts you will find lots of threads (including pictures) of various Minolta lenses. If you decide to try a different Minolta, well you've got a wide range of choices (and recommendations from all of us in this forum.)
    You didn't mention what lens you are using with the X700. If you have a 50mm lens (such as the MD 50mm f1.7 or f1.4 or f2) or possibly the 45mm f2 MD Rokkor you have what you need to get started. Any of those lenses let you use all three exposure modes on the X700. As you search the early threads in this forum you will find out some other recommendations for lenses of different focal lengths.
     
  16. Mike G. is right on about looking for that still inexpensive Rokkor glass. Beware, though, it can turn into an obsession! Classic Minolta cameras and lenses can be quite a lot less expensive than their Canon or Nikon contemporaries. In the past 6 months, I've acquired 5 lenses, 2 bodies & a set of extension tubes for just over $200 shipped, including a near mint, complete, 300mm f/4.5 for less than $50.
     

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