Well, the little Minolta officially has me hooked

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On film that is. My dad shot film until a few years ago, but I never had much interest in it until this thing. I actually have the little Opus point and shoot to thank for this, but the Minolta is the thing that’s really got me hooked. I’ve been on about a two week binge of info and reviews of more cameras, in an effort to find an ideal, affordable SLR. I’m loving the Hi-Matic, but now I want something with aperture priority ability.

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It seems while I’m still ahead of the curve on Hi-Matic AF2 popularity and prices, I’ve missed the boat on the more well-known Minolta cameras. Still, they seem to offer more bang for the buck than their contemporary Nikons and Canons.

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My reading has got me narrowed down (mostly) to either an XE-7, or an XD11 (also called XD7)

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XD11s usually show up cheaper, but there’s something about the XE-7 that really works for me.

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Another possibility is if an old friend of my dad still has my dads old Fujica ST801

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It’s weird, I’ve spent years looking up cars for sale multiple times a day, but now I’m suddenly looking up old cameras at least half of that time instead.

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