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Minolta X-370 replacement!!!

Marylou Hostetter , Apr 04, 2003; 09:05 a.m.

Ok .. I have been here before in grief counceling when my first X-370 had to be laid to rest... Some of you might remember me from not so long ago. Well, I went out, I moved on , I bought another X-370. It looks as though it is brand new.. Worked amazingly on the first 10 rolls of film and now...... Ughhhhhhhhhhh... It is, I want so badly to call it a POS its unreal, but I am holding out hope that I will not have to add Anger management to my grief counciling adventures. I will take it to the shop ect.. ect.. but my question is this... Is there another camera body out there that I can use all 6 of my MD mount lenses on? Please tell me there is hope and that I am not stuck with these lenses with no other body alternatives? You all are the best , thanks for the help. Marylou...

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Michael Hohner , Apr 04, 2003; 09:21 a.m.

Seagull cameras are Minolta X series clones. Minolta now only makes the X-370S. You may also find the X-700 on the used market.

John Trent , Apr 04, 2003; 09:23 a.m.

Being new to these forums, I don't remember you from before, and I couldn't find posts about your earlier problems by using the search function, so I'm probably missing something you've discussed before, but I'm curious about the phrase "It looks as though it's brand new." Is there something so bad about the new, warrantied X-370S bodies that makes taking a chance on buying used, and then spending more money on repairs, the better route?

Marylou Hostetter , Apr 04, 2003; 09:32 a.m.

Actually John, I was new and inexperienced when I bought my first Minolta via a pawn shop, but I felll in love with it even though it was banged up alittle. Once I had it put down, I wanted to stay with the X-370 because I had aquired 3 rather nice lenses with it, so I went on eb*y and found a great deal on this one I have now. It came with enough wonderful acessories and 3 really nice lenses , case ect. and when I got it, ("It looks as though it's brand new.") I was unaware that Minolta even still made the X-370 any longer until after I had purchased this second one. I have heard some say they have had thiers for years with no problems, I have had 2 in less than 6 months that have more than my share. Maybe a new warrentied camera is the way to go then .. Thank you so much for your help John....where were you when I bought my first one ....(sigh) Marylou

Brian Southward , Apr 04, 2003; 10:35 a.m.

Yes, the X-370 is still available new, and there are a million used X-series bodies of various vintages. If you buy from a dealer there would probably be 3, 6 or 12 month warranty. The X-700 was a hugely popular and highly specified camera, and is a good used buy. I should prefer the XD-11 if you could find one - better build quality than the X-700 and all the features except TTL flash metering.

The MD lenses also fit the SR series cameras. The SRT-101 is a real classic though I'm not sure about the battery situation.

Art Haykin , Apr 04, 2003; 10:37 a.m.

I have several X series Minoltas including the 370 and 2 700s. All are quite old except for one quite new X-700 I bought just before they discontinued them. I think they are worth repairing, unless they are trashed, but that's a personal decision. The 700 is a cornerstone camera which won design awards, and is a favorite of mine. Buying anything used is a gamble, believe it.

Scott M. Knowles , Apr 04, 2003; 10:51 a.m.

Any Minolta manual focus camera can use your MD lens, but only the latter X-series makes use of the MD tab for various operation modes, such as the X-700's program mode. You can get any SRT, XD, XE, XG, XK and X-series body. They all have different features and capabilities, depending on what you want with the camera. You might search Web sites on the different models and features. I would not recommed looking at earlier SR-series bodies from the 1950 and early 1960's.

And don't necessarily think an older model isn't reparable, some are reparable from the sheer volune of parts, such as the SRT-series, and some aren't, such as the XK (not necessarily recommended unless you need it's full capabilities). Many people, myself including, like the XD-series, especially the XD (Japan), XD-7 (Europe) and XD-11 (US). It has both aperture and shutter priority with manual mode, EV control (in f-stops), etc., and it's a compact, lightweight camera. There are also many X-700's on the market, some still in store stocks. It's a hard camera to beat for its features and capabilities.

Good luck, Scott.

Christian Deichert , Apr 04, 2003; 01:02 p.m.

Stick with a Minolta. The nice thing about Minolta manual focus cameras is that, with the exception of a few collector's items, many can be replaced for $100 or less, and most can be replaced for under $150. With this in mind, I recommend getting a backup body, whether an X-370 or one of its more advanced brothers (or sisters): the X-570 or the X-700. There's also the XG series, which is fully electronic like your X-370, or the SR-T series, which has an internal meter but is fully mechanical.

Technically, your lenses will also fit on any of the following Minolta cameras: the SR series, the XK, the X-600, the XE series, and the XD series, but for reasons I won't bother to go into, these are usually higher priced because they are more collectors' items.

I have an X-570 and an X-500 (European version of X-570); I normally shoot with one of them and keep the other for a backup or keep it loaded with a different type of film. I also have two SR-T 101 cameras that I keep as mechanical backups and also use for long exposures when I don't want to waste batteries -- I went ahead and removed the batteries for the SR-T cameras and either use my X-570 or an external meter to determine exposure.

Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Douglas Green , Apr 04, 2003; 02:20 p.m.

There are TONS of choices on the used market, if you shop carefully, but from a PRACTICAL standpoint, your best bets are certainly to get either a Minolta X-700 or an X-570. Both of these seem to me to be far better built than the X-370, which is a highly cost reduced version of the X-570. The XD, XG, and XE-series cameras are also available, and some of them are GREAT cameras (particularly the XE-7, XD-11, and XD-5) but they will be harder to get repaired than an X-700 or X-570.

Interestingly enough, the X-700 is the top of the line manual focus Minolta in recent years, but many serious photographers, Myself included, prefer the X-570 because it has better viewfinder information in Metered Manual mode, and sacrifices only the Programmed automatic mode of the X-700. Programmed Mode is something many serious photographers never would use anyways. But either the X-700 or X-570 will fulfil your needs if you get one from a reputable vendor.

Keith Van Hulle , Apr 04, 2003; 02:24 p.m.

A piece of info you may want to check out. I can't remember where I heard it but I don't think Minolta actually makes the 370 any longer. I think it is OEM'd to someone like Cosina, just like Nikon's FM10 (which is reported to have QA issues).

Take your money and buy a used X-700 instead of fixing the old one (if you have to pay for it - warranty work is another story).


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