Another five dollar camera

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Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:12 pm

Saw this Minolta slr on ebay. Seller was calling it a Maxxum 7D. It was a Maxxum 70. Seller said film door stuck and wouldn't open. $5 bid bought it. It is an example of the last of the line of Minolta SLR's made in 2004 right after merging with Konica. Konica got out of the camera business in 2006 and whatever technology it had, along with whatever Minolta had, went to Sony. Minolta made this Maxxum 70 as the last of the film line. It has a lot of auto and manual features and a built in flash.

It seems to work fine... it didn't come with a lens but I have several. Auto focus works. Flash works... shutter readings seem to work... shutter snaps.. film advances. Came with a roll of film in it that had eight exposures on it out of 24. Oh..there is a door lock that keeps the door latch from opening while there is film in the camera. No problem with the door. And I already had some batteries.
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner Delta » Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:33 pm

Could be interesting to see what is already on that roll of film..... :cool: :cool:

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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:30 pm

I thought of that, Vern...but it's color film and I have to send it off to develope and I have no idea what's on that film. What if it's porn or something?
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:33 pm

Take it out and send it back to the guy you bought it from :roll:

It's an ugly looking thing :lol: :lol:
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:19 pm

The guy I bought it from got it from a yard sale or estate sale. He couldn't have owned and used it since he didn't know why the door latch wouldn't open.
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:51 am

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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner » Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:52 pm

The Maxxum 70..also called the Dynax 60.. does probably everything any 35mm SLR can do. And I mean everything that I can think of that has ever come along......every feature in the history of the SLR worth being carried forward is in this cameara. Nothing manual or auto is left out. No incidental feature is left out.... Depth of field preview, rewinding the film and leaving the leader out, B mode, double exposures, multiple built in programs, multiple auto focus options, multiple flash options in, on, or linked to the camera and likely if you can name it and it has it, including a diopter adjustment for the sight window. You can read about it here.

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/90002 ... =79#manual

I went to the park. Tried the double exposure on the train. Tried shutter priority and aperture priority, program modes and full manual. Tried the fill flash on the statues in the full bright shadow producing sun. Tried the time exposure which can even be keyed by a remote that I don't have. And....all and all it was a fitting end of the line for Minolta that probably got little notice because of the new digital age and because they were sold at a modest price and not the inflated professional level camera price.

Pleased with this camera. I prize it now more than some I paid several times more for with established reputations. All of the photos just as scanned...no photoshop stuff to any of them.
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:29 pm

Some of the best quality images you have posted recently Robert.............
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner Delta » Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:32 pm

I agree, excellent photos, even the double exposure looks great. And I especially like the locomotive photos,
looked up that engine and it's a Baldwin 4-8-2 made in 1925. Reminds me of the Baldwin 2-6-6-2 my grandfather
ran, it was made in 1927 and was a little smaller and articulated, which they needed for sharp curves on logging
railroads. Seems the parks around you have some very cool planes, ships, and locomotives.... :D


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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:16 pm

Vern...that's the same engine I posted some time ago. Looks like they put some paint on it.

Duncan... much of the result in what I post is dependent on how good I am at timing the development time...mostly guess within a minute or two without taking the temp of the developer. However... I agree that the results are some of my best.

Should have taken the engine straight on and varied the short zoom on a double exposure.

One of the things that the camera won't do is infrared with any assistance as to exposure...but I don't do infrared anyhow.
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner » Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:45 pm

Went to a gun show today. One guy had a lot of photos from an estate sale. One was of a locomotive and when I saw it and the number on the train I knew what it was. The back of the frame it was in noted who owned it, a Ph.D named Moss. Someone, probably Moss, had handwritten a remark on the back that the photo was taken in Birmingham Alabama "around 1946". There was a second image for sale with more of a side view but I only forked over for the one to compare to the others I've taken...$10 for the framed photo.

http://www.cityofamoryms.com/amory-prou ... ory/train/

The engine has been been in Municipal Park for years. I think the city got it in the early to mid 60's.
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner Delta » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:26 pm

Found this photo of 1527 back in her working days..... 1936.

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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner » Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:37 pm

Neat photo. It wasn't the other one the guy was selling either. The other one looked like it must have been taken the same day from a different angle. Besides, in the photo you found, looks like two engine and coal cars hooked together.
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner Delta » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:03 pm

"Coal car" seems to be a generic name for the tender, no matter if the fuel is coal, wood, or oil.
In the case of 1527, it is an oil fired locomotive.


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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner » Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:15 pm

So I guess it's a fuel tank then? :bigsmile:
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Re: Another five dollar camera

Postby Niner » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:02 pm

I couldn't resist bidding on another one. Seller relisted it for $10.50. I bid two or three days ago and nobody but me bid. There was another $8 in shipping......but if the camera has a problem the lens is worth that. Seller says working camera though.
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