End of the line This may surprise you, but I haven’t always been a Nikon guy. Back in the days of film I was a Minolta shooter, I bummed around the world with with a dusty backpack (more filled with lenses than clothes) and mt trusty X-700 around my neck.
The X-700 was a hand me down from my mother, she had bought it new in 1984 at Henry’s in Toronto, on Queen Street.
I remember the day quite clearly as she looked at all the cameras and settled on the little black X-700. the camera was manual focus but had built in metering which was a huge deal back then and was programmable which was almost unheard of, but the best thing about it was the glass, off the shelf it came with a 50mm 1.4 that was as sharp as a razor and fantastic in low light. My father haggled with the store clerk for a better price, saying how it wasn’t as good as the new 7000 model that had auto focus, and that all manual focusing cameras were a thing of the past and would soon be discontinued. My mother walked out of the store with a 60 bucks off the list and her new camera under her arm. For the record the X-700 wasn’t discontinued until 1999 and was Minolta’s best bodies of all time. My mother didn’t know it then but she started something in me that day, the funny thing is that i don’t actually remember her ever using the camera just buying it and putting it in the closet. A year or so later my Uncle Dave was getting married I was about 10 at the time and bought 4 rolls of film, dug out the camera out of the closet and that’s it, i was a wedding photographer and I had my first gig…
The photos were interesting, mostly candid, but some staged, and slightly unusual I laugh when I see them now, but I still think for a ten year old’s first wedding gig they’re pretty good. I gave my Uncle two albums one plane and one with the photos all captioned with funny things and my first gig was killed and billed.
That X-700 lasted until 2008, a casualty of the digital age it had sat in my closet for a few years. I had moved on to shooting with a Canon as most people did, and in 2008 for some reason I sold it at a yard sale for 100$ with about 15 lenses lens tubes 30 or so filters and tons of accessories, thousands of dollars worth of outdated gear, that I’d kill to have back now…

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