Minolta XD-11

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  1. icassell

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    About a year ago, I donated my Minolta XD-11 (this, I believe, was the first camera to offer both aperture priority and shutter priority modes) to a local High School . I also donated a large complement of Rokkor-X glass and accessories (from 24mm to 300mm with several steps in between as well as the 50mm macro, teleconverter, cable releases, assorted filters, etc.). I figured that, since I'd recently become active again in photography, my Canon 30D would do it for me. No sooner had I given it all away, I regretted the decision. That XD-11 had done me yeoman service and then I started thinking about all the ways I could still put it to use (e.g. IR, scanning negatives in and printing digitally, etc.).

    Imagine my surprise when, last week, I got a call from the school telling me the stuff was still sitting in the box and they couldn't do anything with it. They asked me if I would like to come pick it up.

    They didn't need to ask twice. About 15 minutes later (the school is across the street), I was back home with a box of 35mm stuff. It took me a few minutes to unfreeze the shutter (it hadn't been used in several years), but all is good again with the world. Now I just have to clean it all up and put it back in service.

    Ian
     
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    I have an XD-11 as well. It sat in a camera bag for almost 20 years, until I dug it out a couple of months ago. It took only a few minutes before I fell in love with it again. What a great camera
     
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    I don't think pix have much to do with my post but, at my earliest convenience, I'll shoot some of the stuff ... :)

    Ian
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Man, you are lucky!

    I would take that as a sign and hang on to that beauty. Those are great
    cameras too. :)
     
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    Yeah, I felt that a Christmas Angel smiled at me :)

    Here are a few pix -- taken quickly this afternoon. The camera has an attached Autowinder D (a rudimentary motor drive that that screws onto the bottom of the camera and runs on AA batteries -- it is actually only good enough to advance the film, not really a full motor) and the Rokkor-X 300mm f5.6

    I also have the Rokkor-X 50mm f1.4, 50mm f3.5 Macro, 24mm f2.8, 35mm f2.8, and a Soligor 135mm f3.5.

    I have a reversing ring (remember those?), Vivitar 2X TC, close-up lenses, and polarizers for all the lenses. I have a few assorted ND and some B/W filters as well. I also have a lot of cleaning to do -- not all of the lenses had caps/filters mounted.

    http://www.popphoto.com/assets/download/PP0179_MinoltaXD11.pdf
     

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    Oh my ...

    I tried the autowinder and it didn't work

    I cleaned the contacts again and voila ... it works fine now!


    http://www.rokkorfiles.com/XD11.html


    I've gotta go buy some film ... I wish I hadn't given away my bulk loader (although I'm out of touch with film and don't even know what's available in bulk anymore -- I used to buy Plus-X and Tri-X that way). I also gave away my developing tanks, reels, etc.
     
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    Nice stuff IC,

    I noticed the housing on my XD 11 is all black. Does that have to do with the model year?

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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Like many cameras of this vintage, the XD-11 was made in both black and
    chrome versions. The black ones were sold in smaller numbers (because they
    cost a little more) so they're harder to find today and worth more as
    collectibles.
     
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    That's interesting compur.
    Good to know!
    Thank you
     
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    I decided to save a few bucks when I bought mine back in about '78, although I really wanted the black body. Today I wish I hadn't been so cheap. :lol:
     
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    Although I have no intentions of giving up my XD-11, I'm curious as to what it is worth.
    Anyone know?
     

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