The Vintage Minolta Love Project is my plan to shoot every major Minolta SLR along with selected period-appropriate lenses and accessories from the Minolta SR-2 released in 1958 to the Maxxum 5D, introduced in 2004.
Think of this project as both an homage to a great company and a chance for me to fulfill my dream of shooting the best Minolta SLRs. My first real camera was a Minolta SR-T 101. I bought it and a third-party 50mm lens from a pawn shop while in college. I used to look at photography magazines and imagine what it would be like to own a Rokkor-X lens. Well, with the Vintage Minolta Love Project (VMLP), the time for wishing is past.
At one time, I did not like shooting with rangefinders and saw no need for a P&S. But times have changed, and so a few rangefinders, folding cameras, and P&S models with join SLRs (and DSLRs). An Autocord has also joined the group.
VMLP posts will be numbered and appear approximately twice every five to six weeks, life permitting. Each post will consist of the following sections:
- Introduction – the backstory of how I got the camera
- Historical Perspective – how the camera fits into Minolta’s product history in terms of innovation, lenses, gear, and the photography marketplace in general
- Inpection and Appearance – the design features and cosmetic condition of the camera
- Function and Handling – user experience (good and bad) including size, weight, ease of loading, metering, etc.
- Shooting – an account of shooting one or more rolls of film including specific shots, lenses used, locales, or situations (e.g., night, rain)
- Impression – whether I like the camera and why
Once the project is completed, I intend to thin the herd and keep only my favorite cameras and lenses. So far, I know that two of those keepers are the Maxxum 7 and the Minolta XD11.
I will be writing posts in parallel manual and autofocus tracks. So, each period will have one manual camera post and one autofocus post. Much of the enjoyment of writing a blog is interacting with readers, and I hope to connect with Minolta lovers from everywhere. I’m living a dream; join in and share the experience.
- VMLP 1: A Visual Guide to Minolta Lens Mounts—SR to A
- VMLP 2: Sony–The Revenge of Minolta, the Re-birth of the Cool
- VMLP 3: The Minolta SR-2, the Start of Something Big
- VMLP 4: The Minolta Maxxum 7000—Let There Be Autofocus!
- VMLP 5: The Maxxum 9000—Nice and a Little Confusing
- VMLP 6: Exploring Manual Minolta Zooms
- VMLP 7: The Minolta SR-3–The Best Version of the Minolta SR-2?
- VMLP 8: Minolta Maxxum 28-105mm — Very Good, Rarely Mentioned
- VMLP 9: Minolta Maxxum 8000i — “i” Is for Intelligence!
- VMLP 10: Minolta 50mm f2.8 Macro (AF) —The Everyday Macro
- VMLP 11: The Minolta ER—Strange Quark
- VMLP 12: Minolta MD Zoom 28-85mm, f3.5-4.5—Yeah, You Want One of These
- VMLP 13: The Minolta XD11—A Love Story…
- VMLP 14: Minolta Maxxum 70-210mm (Beercan)—It’s De Rigueur
- VMLP 15: Minolta Maxxum 7xi—Comme ci, Comme ça
- VMLP 16: Minolta (1985) AF 35-70mm f4–Short and Sweet
- VMLP 17: Minolta Freedom Zoom 160—A Tiny, Capable P&S
- VMLP 18: The Minolta Maxxum 7000i—A Nod of Appreciation (With Affection)
- VMLP 19: The Minolta XG-M Second Time’s the Charm
- VMLP 20: The Minolta MD Zoom 35-135mm, f3.5-4.5—The Jury is Still Out
- VMLP 21: The Minolta Maxxum 600si: A Perfect First Camera
- VMLP 22: MC Rokkor-X PG 58mm 1.2—My Precious
- VMLP 23: Minolta AF 28-85mm 3.5-4.5—Not Famous, But Good
- VMLP 24: The Minolta A;Minolta’s Rangefinder Reboot
- VMLP 25: Minolta (1985) AF 35-105mm f3.5-4.54—Buy One (You’ll Thank Me Later)
- VMLP 26: Minolta SR-T SC-II—I never saw it coming
- VMLP 27: Minolta MC Rokkor-X 80-200mm, f4.5—Better Than Expected (Leica Liked It)
- VMLP 28: The Minolta Maxxum 7— I’m Pretty Sure Picard Has One
- VMLP 29: The Minolta X-570: Excellent Companion