The Minolta XG-A was introduced in 1982. A sort of simplified SLR, the XG-A did not have full shutter speed settings but rather incremental adjustments of the camera’s AE Mode.
I’ve owned this XG-A for 10 years and my father purchased it brand new in 1982. The X series Minolta’s are very easy to use and have great optics but over time they will leak in bright sunshine which may be a good or bad thing depending on your photography style.
If you’d like to see some more photos taken with the Minolta XG-A from other photographers, please visit
Minolta XG-A Group on Flickr
The Minolta Hi-Matic 11 is a rangefinder camera of the late 1960’s. The model 11 depends on an electronic light meter for exposure. The meter is powered by a mercury battery, which is no longer available. There are substitute alkaline batteries but they tend to over expose. If you use this camera with an alkaline batter be sure to set your ISO lower than your film speed.
If you’d like to see some more photos taken with the Minolta Hi-Matic from other photographers, please visit
Hi-Matic Group on Flickr
The Yashica ME-1 is a great little rangefinder camera despite its cheap-ish plastic exterior. I picked this one up at the thrift store for $2.00 and have really enjoyed using it and I think the image quality is very nice.
Here are a few photos I’ve taken with mine
I cannot say enough good things about this scanner, the Epson V600.
I had been using my trusty Polaroid Sprint Scan 35 Plus for the past 15 years. The Sprint Scan is a film scanner and required a special SCSI card which my new PC did not have a slot for. I was using an old desktop running Ubuntu and Oracle Virtual Box to run an instance of Windows XP to run the Polaroid software as I could not get it to run on any OS newer than that, even in compatibility mode. I finally got tired of the exhaustive process and bought this V600. It does a terrific job on slides and negatives using the auxiliary holders but best of all I can finally scan paper! I scan my collages typically at 2400 dpi which is surprisingly fast and I can produce poster size images from tiny paper collages. If you’re considering buying a new scanner this bad chicken was under $200.00 at Amazon. with free shipping of course!