The Dark Ages
Since I shoot completely manual focus Minolta MD, my equipment has little monetary value. However, I am very comfortable with my gear which makes taking pictures enjoyable. And picking up new gear is relatively cheap.
The Digital Age
As we have entered the digital age, I have had to make some adjustments. Good film labs are becoming increasingly hard to find and the condition of my negatives when returned by generic labs is disconcerting.
Consequently, I retrofited a Canon Rebel XT (350D) with a Minolta MD mount and have been shooting lots of digital pictures with my MD lenses. I don't really miss autofocus. For one, I never had it (except on my point-and-shoot) and for another, I'm not convinced it would be a great advantage when shooting stills, landscapes, and macrophotography (which is about all that I do). The one downside to the conversion is that I can no longer use Canon lenses with this camera.
Change is Hard
Shooting with the Canon has been a learning experience. I find it more difficult to keep in focus (even with a custom microprism viewfinder). It also has inaccurate metering compared to my X-700 (probably due to the custom viewfinder...or my learning curve). I find myself shooting it in manual exposure mode nearly all of the time, which gives fairly good results.
- Minolta X-700
- Canon Rebel XT (350D) - retrofitted with MD mount and microprism viewfinder
- Vivitar 28mm f/2.0
- Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4
- Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7
- Minolta MD 100mm f/2.5
- Minolta MC 135mm f/2.8
- Minolta MD 200mm f/4.0
- Tokina SZ-X 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 SD
- Tokina SZ-X 28-70mm f/2.8-4.3
- Vivitar Series 1 35-85mm f/2.8
- Minolta MD 50-135mm f/3.5
- Minolta MD 70-210mm f/4.0
- Minolta Bellows III
- Vivitar 2X Macro Focusing Teleconverter
To be honest, I don't use my zooms very much. My 50mm and 100mm lenses tend to be my workhorses.