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The Second Minolta X-700 To Cross my Path

"I hear you still shoot with film, do you want my old Dad's old gear?"

Minolta X-700's have a habit of finding me. My first one wound up in my brother's hands along with my SRT202 a few years back when I was thinning my systems down. The Minoltas came back along with another X-700.

Being the last of X series, the X-700 was Minolta's flagship manual focus camera replacing the XD series and I consider it the true competition to the Canon A-1 and AE1 Program. Minolta wanted to capture both the beginner and advanced amateur photographer. I also own a Minolta X-570 you can tell it has been used. The X-700's look like they was used for family photos and that's it. Like Canon Minolta embraced better living through plastic construction to save costs, the XD vertical copal shutter was replaced with cloth. Nothing wrong with plastic construction, if you are out hiking or traveling that might be a good thing. Just don't drop it.

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Fun with Expired Film: Agfacolor Portrait 160

I don't shoot a lot of expired film and got an opportunity to have some fun with some freezer stored Agfacolor Portrait 160 that was freezer stored for about 15 years.

To be on the safe side I exposed at 100 ISO and shot around Oakville which is standard procedure when trying something new out, you'll see many familiar spots, added bonus the Christmas decorations are up and a chance to see how Portrait 160 handles red. I hope I can find more of this because of the colour palette.

Camera: Rolleicord Vb, 75 f3.5 Schneider Xenar lens.
Film: Agfacolor Portrait 160

Cabbagetown, Late November Part Two

Rollei Retro 400S is a unique film, made by Agfa in Belgium (yes they are still around but they make for other companies like Maco Direct), it's super contrasty, you don't need yellow filters and it's almost an infrared film really. Originally an aerial survailence film Retro 400S is great for the gloomy weather Toronto gets between October and April. I've never used it on a sunny day. It rocks, and I should try printing with it in the darkroom.

Camera: Canon F-1, FD SSC 50 f1.4 lens, FD 35 f2 chrome nose lens.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, ID-11 Stock.

Walk To Cabbagetown in Late November Part One

I belong to a small group of photographers from the Toronto Photowalks Community with really flexible schedules. We seem to visit the western edge of Riverdale, the Don Valley and Cabbagetown a fair bit. It is full of photographic inspiration. We started at the Rooster on Broadview (a great coffee house) which across the street you have one of the best skyline views of the city. The path took us through Riverdale Park.

My Canon F-1 (first Gen.) was brought out for a workout, I don't use it often, I should, it's a great camera. I did find something unsettling, it might be the thin polyester base of Retro 400s, I was getting random wide spacing between frames. I had this camera overhauled a year and a half ago,   so I'm going with another roll of film with a thicker conventional acetate base to rule the film out.

Camera: Canon F-1 (first Gen.), FD 50 f1.4 SSC lens.
Film: Rollei Retro 400S, ID-11 Stock.

Keeping It Simple with the Canon P.

Sometimes, simple is best, one camera body and one lens, a nifty fifty.

November is a tough month for photography in Toronto, save for the rare sunny day where the light becomes super contrasty, it is the grey season. I have to shoot more colour film more during this time of year. I think I have a roll of Fuji Superia 800 in my fridge to try out, stay tuned.

Camera: Canon P, Canon 50 f1.4 M-39 screw mount lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, RPX D 1+11.

Minolta SRT 200 Part Two

Minolta SRT bodies are sweet cameras. That is all.....

Minolta SRT 200, MC Rokkor X 50 f1.7 lens.
Film: Rollei RPX 400, RPX D 1+11.