I was only 10 (perhaps 11) years old when my father bought this electronic wonder and I had no idea just how much this camera would mean to me more than 2 decades later. From the day we opened the box, I shot just as many rolls through this camera as my father. This was the camera that I learned and stole.. um borrowed throughout college. This was the camera that taught me a long life interest. The camera only found its way back to my father's hands permanently after I purchased my first Canon EOS body, Elan IIe. This past christmas, I introduced my father into the digital age with a nice Canon P&S paired with a nice die sub printer. The simple kind that you just plug the camera into, select the photo, and push print. He's a bit older now... no longer interested in a full featured SLR... not really into all the compex things we have in the present day. He still loves to take snapshots. He seemed to like the simplicity and the complete package that takes him from shot to final print with little trouble. In return, my father sent me an old friend; the ol'Minolta 7000. When not in use, it will have a special place in my collection. At the time I started shooting with it, I had not realized how significant the camera was in photographic technology. It was the first successfully marketed autofocus camera in the market and it was a huge success. The entire camera was designed to showcase the lastest in technology; Push button controls, great Program mode with shift, wonderful metering, and of course AutoFocus. I had not realized just how fortunate I was to have such an advanced camera at my disposal. I must have gotten some strange looks during that time.. kinda like a 10 year old kid wondering around shooting with a DSLR in the early 90's when almost no one had one yet. Given the age of my old buddy, I'd say he has aged quite well and my father took very good care of it. It has a place next to my Pentax ME-F in my display cabinet. The first AF camera marketed next to the first successful AF camera marketed. To my surprise, there were two other of my father's cameras included in the package; pentax 110 and Minolta 16 QT (in box). Can't wait to learn more about these subminatures.