Minolta X-700 35mm Film Camera
Minolta X-700 Camera with Lens
The lens is silky smooth throughout its focus range after rebuild and has a snappy and reactive aperture.A few small marks on the baseplate are visible as this one is missing its protective plastic base, these were applied by the factory and are only a thin film of plastic. In part these were applied to disguise the fact the camera externals are of mostly plastic construction. Viewfinder is clean and bright and the camera is in excellent condition both internally and externally.
Overall cosmetics are excellent. A very clean example of one of the last manual focus cameras from Minolta.
The Minolta X-700 35mm Film Camera used the basic body of the XG-M (the top range camera from the XG series with electronically controlled step less shutter speeds, but added full program auto exposure in addition to the XG-M’s aperture priority and metered manual modes. This program mode was referred to as “MPS” or Minolta Program System.
The Minolta X-700 35mm Film Camera was very much Minoltas response to the Canon AE-1 and is in our opinion a much nicer camera to work with being slicker in all regards.
Minolta sold more of these than any other camera they produced exceeding even the spectacularly successful SRT series.
The X-700 was in production for almost 18 years.
Many of the X series sold on eBay will suffer failure from blown capacitors and various other ills related to poor storage or lack of servicing.
The camera is powered from two SR44 button cells which are readily available.
WARNING – like all Minolta electronic cameras and many other electronic cameras of this period you should NEVER use off brand flashguns. The very high trigger voltages (over 300volts ) in some off brand guns like the Vivitar 273/283 is high enough to destroy the electronics in these cameras. Only use a dedicated Minolta flash gun with these for safety.
The lens has been completely rebuilt, cleaned and lubricated. Like most MD series it was suffering dried out lubrication and oil haze. This is common with MD lenses of this age.
Lens is now clear and bright with perfectly smooth focus and snappy aperture. Like the camera it has been subjected to a UV bath to ensure any possible fungal spores are eliminated.
This Minolta X-700 35mm Film Camera was shutter tested with Phocron XA Tester to ensure accuracy.
All lenses of this age exhibit some small particles of dust and coatings are not up to modern standards. Cameras will exhibit some wear signs and likewise may have small dust specks in their viewfinders or focus screens. These do not affect the picture in any way.
ANY problems or issues will be described in the main text which you are advised to read carefully.If you are unfamiliar with film cameras we suggest you do some online research and read the manuals which are freely available from online resources.
Most lenses are cleaned, re-lubricated and all of their functions checked prior to sale so you know they will work, full details will always be in the text. All items are packed safely for transit using proper packing material NOT something the cat was sick in.Having been stung both on eBay and by dealers alike who often know very little about film cameras we decided to offer people a chance to experience film using a camera that will last for many years and which we can say for sure works reliably
Mel & Claire
Really liked the 700 back in the ’80s. My go-to film camera.