Minolta X-570 SLR

February 16, 2017  •  3 Comments

Minolta X-570 SLRThe venerable Minolta X-570 with a Minolta Motor Drive 1 and Minolta MC W. Rokkor 24mm f2.8.

 

My first SLR.  I received this wonderful piece of photographic machinery as a High School graduation gift in 1985.  It came with a standard Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 lens.  It has served me well since without issues.  I did have to replace the light seals as they had eroded allowing light leaks but, this is normal for a camera of it's age.

 

TECHNICAL STUFF

Type:  The Minolta X-670 SLR is a quartz/electronically governed 35mm single-lens reflex auto-exposure camera.

Exposure-control modes:  Aperture-priority automatic and match-LED manual exposure.

Lens mount:  Minolta SLR bayonet mount compatible with Minolta MD, MC and SR lenses.

Shutter:  Quartz-controlled horizontal traversing focal-plane cloth shutter.  Shutter speeds range from 1/1000" to 4" and includes a Bulb setting.

Metering:  TTL center-weighted averaging meter.  Will allow for TTL capable flash units.

Film-speed range:  ISO 12 to ISO 3200.

Mirror:  Triple-coated oversize instant return slide up type.

Viewfinder:  Eye level fixed pentaprism with 95% coverage.  A match LED shutter speed indicator coupled with an optical window for lens aperture setting give the user all the information needed for proper exposure. Optional focusing screens are available, mine has a spit/microprism focusing screen installed. 

Batteries:  Two 1.5v LR44 or equivalent.

Self-timer:  Electronic 10 second delay.

Size:  2 X 3-1/2 X 5-3/8 inches.

Weight:  1 pound 15/16 ounces (body only)

 

 

SHOOTING EXPERIENCE

Now that the technical stuff is over with, let me give you my impressions of using this wonderful camera.  Gripping the X-570 or any X series camera immediately gives you the feedback you are in full control.  From adjusting the aperture on the lens to manually focusing the camera, you are in full control.  The metering wakes up the second your finder is placed on the shutter release, there is no need for a half push it just comes alive.  Moving the shutter speed dial to A for automatic places the camera into aperture priority mode.  The recommended shutter speed blinks in the viewfinder and you match it by adjusting the aperture on the lens.  Placing the shutter speed dial on one of the indicated shutter speeds places the camera into shutter speed priority/manual mode.  Full control is given to the photographer.  The photographer cannot use the excuse the camera was fooled, one has to understand how to use the elements of exposure.  Remember, you can only adjust two elements of the exposure triangle.  The film ISO is set and cannot be changed, you only have the aperture and shutter speed to adjust.

 

Footbridge over the Ohiopyle River.Minolta X-570, Kodak Ektar 100 iso color film.

 

The usefulness of shooting film in the digital photography age can be discussed over and over.  Every film stock will give a specific look to your photographs.  Want color, use color film.  Want black and white, use black and white film. It is all part of the film photographic process.  It makes the photographer slow down and truly compose the photo, knowing there is less they can change to the photo in post processing.

 

Locomotive in the morning. Minolta X-570, Kentmere 400 iso black and white film.

 

If you haven't tried film, give a try.  If you grew up using film and switched to digital maybe it is time you get back to your roots.  Film has it's limitations.  It's supposed to, it's film. 

 

Bombay Hook NWRMinolta X-570. Kodak Ektar 100 iso film.


Comments

Brian Dormio(non-registered)
Good Afternoon Dabson,
I have recently acquired the Minolta X-570 but i am having some troubles with getting the film advance lever to motion all the way through its advance, it seems to be jammed up about half way,
Is there an easy secret fix to hearing that full advance sound that we all know and love,
thank you,
Brian
michael marsh(non-registered)
There is a typo in the first sentences of youre technical that refers to the camera as the x-670.
Chris Coxon(non-registered)
Nice factually accurate and unbiased appraisal of this minolta classic I have the X700 & XD7 as my working cameras and they have never put a foot wrong since the early 80s.
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