Written on: 11/05/2011
I recently bought the (x-700) from a yard sale with the zoom lense and the flash for $10.00. Have not tried it out yet....BUT when I look through the view finder I cant see anything (and yes the lense cap was off...lol). So I took the lense off to find the MIRROR inside is in the UP position. What I want to know is IS that normal?? or did I buy a nice broken camera?? (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2010 by oniko (35 reviews written)
these are manual focus film based cameras of which there are many lower level models such as the X- 300 and X-370s models
the X-300 models are called seagulls in asia area while are centons in europe
the X-700 is programme-manual and aperture prority SLR camera with the now minolta bayonet mount. the new sony and old minolta auto focus lenses will not fit
why do you need one? they are small, light, run on cheap button batteries for years, very cheap , with lots of photographic control and... (read more)
Written on: 31/12/2009
Over-rated as a 'real' camera. Program mode suits absolute beginners and that's about it. The supposedly inferior X500 is a far better camera (most informative finder I've seen in an SLR). I like Minoltas - their lenses are amongst the best and make it worthwhile buying into the system. If you're on a budget, the X300 is a fine 'entry level' camera. Higher spec. XD series (aperture AND shutter priority AE!) is very decent, and there's always the XE, built in collaboration with Leica, don't... (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2009
The most coman problem on all X700 is the capcitors that were used in the olden days. The dry up then crack then they can not hold a charge. You have two of these in each camera. One for the circuitry and one for the shutter only. They are easily replacable and found on Ebay everyday. Onmce the old ones are out your camera should work fine again as it did the last day it was used. Having a CLA would help for most if used outside alot or in dusty conditions (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2009
Minolta x-700 was one of the best cameras ever made. Had a very low serial No. # " got it at the PX while station in Korea 1984. First 1000 made all black case. (read more)
Written on: 23/10/2008
Don't have a review at this time. I was helping friends move furniture out of an apartment, their family member was moving into assisted living, and different areas of the apartment had piles going to the dump, good will, etc. I noticed in the good will pile a tripod - still in the plastic wrapper. I asked if I could have it and was told sure. Then noticed a nylon bag, Tamrac. Asked if I could have that, sure. When I got home, inside was a Minolta X-700, with a 1262XXX serial number,... (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2008 by Ratsters (1 review written)
I'm a die-hard fan of the SRT-101 and SRT-102, but if I had to select one single manual camera, I'd go for the X-700. But then again, as I mention in the bad points, I would still carry my SRT-101, just to make sure, if the batteries fail, I could still take photos without batteries with the SRT. The same applies to digital, no batteries, no photos, so when out on a photo session, I make sure I have extra batteries, and my faithful SRT-101 (read more)
Written on: 01/03/2008 by Malta GC (1 review written)
I have had the Minolta X-700 for about 16 years and it is still going strong. Never had any problems. Not being used as much with the introduction of digital, but there will always be a place for 35mm SLRs. (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2007 by makarov417 (1 review written)
A super camera even 20 years later. By far the best I could recommend if you are looking for a manual camera where you still have to learn a few technical points to make a photo. The program settings are also great, simple to use and produce super results. Get one! Just be sure the metering system is good and you are sure to be pleased... unless you are lazy or a digital convert. (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2006 by grady (1 review written)
I have used the x700 and x570 for over twenty years. They have been reliable and produced good results, I found them to be as capable as the professional competion. The x700 system is as extensive and provide as many options and accessories as any produced during its run. Lenses from 15mm to 1000mm, numerous zooms and several speciality lens enhancement system. The full system allows you to just about anything photographically that you desire. I have gone to digital but still shot my... (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2006 by darval 7
The Minolta X-700 35mm SLR camera was produced for over 20 years until 2001. The X 700 was a huge success among people who loved photography, and it comes at a reasonable price. The camera is easily replaceable if broken or stolen. Planned for advanced photographers of its time, it delivers excellent photos if used with Minolta's Md or Mc lenses and dedicated PX flashes. Although we're living in the digital era, I am still using this camera in all kinds of situations, and it never lets me... (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2005 by gmcgrana (1 review written)
I loved the camera, but after I bought it I heard the shutters gave trouble and my X700 would eventually go the same way. I bought it new in 1993. I had it in Nepal, Pakistan, Iran and all over and it served me faithfully until 6 weeks ago at my sisters wedding the shutter jammed. I have several other troublesome Minolta bodies but as they were second hand I assumed that they had not been cared for!! Hence I was very disappointed as I had taken good care of the X700.
Unfortunately I... (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2004 by stanley c wong (6 reviews written)
The Minolta X-700 is a Manual Focus SLR camera with 3 exposure control modes. Program Mode [P] where you set the lens aperture to minimum, focus and shoot. Shutter speed and aperture are selected according to a preset chart. Useful for snapshots and not much anything else. Then again, sometimes snapshots are important too. Aperture Priority Mode [A] where you set the lens aperture, focus and shoot. Good for general photography and gives you control over the Depth Of Field (DOF). Good... (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2003 by kyoshi becker (1 review written)
The Minolta X-700 Camera has a wide variety of features including self timer, s.sp. dial, preview button, flash shoe,traditional cable relase screw, and lenses from 15mm[fisheye]-1000mm[telephoto] and a variety of macro lenses, adapters, couplers, and bellos. (read more)
Written on: 18/09/2003 by mrhoudini (2 reviews written)
I have read the other reviews. I bought my Minolta X-700 35mm SLR Camera second hand off Ebay, and it appeared to be well cared for. Since then, I have used it and it appears to be fine. I haven't had any problems so far. I know that the current X370 is now made in China, if possible make sure any manual Minolta camera you may buy is made in Japan, because they're made better.
There aren't many quality, manual cameras you can buy new anymore. New X700s are available but rare, and the don't... (read more)
Written on: 08/09/2003 by mike35803 (1 review written)
I own an old SRT 101 MC II and the Minolta X-700 was my upgrade in 1986. The meter readings were exact and the flash support (380PX) is excellent. The body isn't that ruggadized as the SRT models but stable enough for daily use. For use with long lenses the body could have more weight (balance). (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2003 by camerabuff.
I had my X-700 freeze up on me after less than a year of use. This is when I began to read about others problems with the camera on photo.net, so I sold it with no regrets. Here's the reality:"My X700 also suddenly stopped working and had to have the electronics replaced. I had it repaired under warranty, and I ran only a few rolls through it and it died again. Same symptoms.." "I had it [X-700] about a year. Made in China. Was taking a timer picture of me. High humidity in the New... (read more)
Written on: 08/12/2002 by sassolungo.
I have learned photography on an SRT-303, 'advancing' to an X-700 only a few years ago. It is comparatively lightweight, thus easy to carry, but, on the other hand, of course it gets more difficult so shoot long-axposure handheld pictures (compared to the heavier SRT, I lose about 1 EV). So far, the X-700 seems to be quite reliable, also the metre has always performed satisfactorily. The fully-automatic programme mode even works with MC lenses (not just MD). The viewfinder is sufficiently... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2002 by Cory.
I don't know too much about cameras and when I got my Minolta X-700 35mm SLR camera I was very happy with it for about a year. I went on vacation and came back with negatives that were half exposed. It turns out that the shutter magnets went and once that happens you can get it fixed but it will keep happening every six months or so for the rest of your camera's life. (read more)
Written on: 09/08/2002 by JohnO.
My wife gave me my Minolta X-700 set up for Christmas in 1986 figuring it might be a hobby I'd enjoy. Although it has always given great results the guy behind the lens didn't. It sat in the case much of the time in the late 90's. I went digital in the '99 and recently was given a project allowing for "only 35mm film".
This X-700 is just as great a camera as it was back in '86 but thanks to digital I believe I have gotten better. I'll be taking my Minolta along with my digital from now... (read more)
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