My history with cameras goes back a long way – probably 40 years. This page shows the stuff I use, what I’ve hung on to, and what I’m beginning to pick up now that used film cameras are relatively inexpensive (apart from the film and processing, that is).

Since I picked up my Sony A100 as a clearance bargain (at the time) I have become rather fond of Minolta lenses and cameras, but before that I flirted with Canon, Olympus, and Pentax gear, not to mention the Ensign Selfix that started it all off.

From time to time you’ll see Oxfam price stickers on lenses and bodies. In Oxford there are camera sales every 3-4 months and these are great to rummage through. Best thing is you make a donation to Oxfam and they give you an old camera or lens in return. Magic.

Sony A100, seen here with a
Minolta 50mm f/1.7 prime
Minolta Dynax 5 with
Tamron 28-200 f/3.8-5.6 AF zoom and BP-200 battery pack
Dynax 5
Minolta Vectis S-1 APS SLR with
Minolta V-mount 28-56 f/4-5.6 zoom
Dates from 1996; an ugly beast that looks ill-sized for the small APS film format
Minolta Vectis S-1
Minolta 9000 with the AF 50 mm f/1.7 prime; this professional level camera was first released in 1985. A heavy beast with a solid, reassuring feel. Minolta Maxxum 9000
Minolta X-700 with MD 45 mm f/2 prime; one of the last manual focus cameras to come out of Minolta, from 1981. This example suffers from a failed shutter, alas. Minolta X-700
Minolta XD7 with MD 50 mm f/1.7 prime; this camera was a fruit of the collaboration between Leica and Minolta in the 1970s XD-7
Minolta SRT 100x and Rokkor 50mm f/2 prime; this is in fact one of the last models from the Minolta SRT range.
It dates from 1977 and is the same vintage as the XD-5, a much more sophisticated and compact camera; only £8.99 in Oxfam, but with a shutter that does not fire at speeds of 1/8 s or longer
SRT 100x
Canon EOS 300
with 28-90 mm f/4-5.6 zoom
Olympus iS-3000 35-180mm f4.5-5.6
all-in-one zoom SLR; a beast of a camera with great picture quality
Olympus OM-1 MD with 50 mm f/1.8; this was my dad’s camera and it’s a classic of its era – compact and mechanical, except for the metering; a lovely camera OM-1 MD
Pentax ME super with 50 mm prime – another great camera from the day ME super
with Industar 50-2 50 mm f/3.5 ‘prime’ and a Photax 135 mm f/2.8 telephoto; this camera has been in the family for 30 years
Zenit-E and Photax 135mm f/2.8
I think this was the first SE cameraphone to be branded with Sony’s Cyber-shot name. This was, and indeed still is, a very handy little point-and-shoot camera in a phone. Lots of limitations, such as being restricted to one focal length (the digital zoom is terrible, of course), but always very handy to carry around. Picasa seems to be photo software designed to get the best out of the thing. Sony Ericsson K800i
Olympus AZ-1 3.2 MP digital;
still serving as a regular pocket point-and-shoot camera
Konica Minolta Dimage Xg;
not mine, but pressed into long-term service in the house; recently superseded.
Konica Minolta Dimage Xg
Fujiflim Finepix A202 2.0 MP;
the first digital camera in the house
Finepix A202
Yashica-Mat; a grand old plain light-meter free model. Works fine for landscapes and middle distance, doesn’t fire for closer pictures when the lens board moves too far out Yashica-Mat
Weston Master V – invaluable selenium cell light meter for the Yashica-Mat and Ensign Selfix Weston Master V
Ensign Selfix 420; my first camera – dates from the 1950s and
owned by me since the 1960s
Ensign Selfix 420
Ensign Ful-Vue; post-war British box camera with a lovely bright
viewfinder screen
Ensign Ful-Vue
Kodak Six-20 Junior with
Twindar lens; pre-war (1938?)
folding camera in good order
Kodak Six-20 Junior
Cosina CS-3 – one of my early SLRs and disposed of to Oxfam a year or so ago Cosina CS-3

Still to come – pictures of some Minolta AF glass.



  1. Now I won’t feel too lonely carrying my cellphone, my dig-cam and still looking for SLR replacement. Being semi-professional blogger-photo-journalist etc.., it sure makes me juggle with more equipments.

    Comment by midori01 — 6 July 2008 @ 8:26 am

  2. Hi. Are you certain your Minolta x 700’s shutter has failed entirely? I ask because mine ‘froze’ and was easily enough unfroze by an old fellow who knew precisely the how and why of it. Said it was one of the camera’s few mechinical flaws. It has not yet ‘frozen’ again.

    Comment by 47whitebuffalo — 7 October 2009 @ 10:37 pm

  3. ps, love your collection and comments

    Comment by 47whitebuffalo — 7 October 2009 @ 10:38 pm

  4. I’m grateful for the tip about the X-700 and will look into that further. There’s hope yet.

    Thanks too for the kind comments.

    Comment by Howard — 7 October 2009 @ 11:03 pm

    • Months later I ‘return’ and inquire as to if you’ve had any luck with the minolta shutter issue?

      Comment by 47whitebuffalo — 13 December 2009 @ 9:33 am

      • I apologise for missing this. No luck in fixing that shutter, but I did find another body that was cheaper than getting the first one repaired.

        Comment by Howard — 10 August 2010 @ 9:03 pm

  5. i’m a fan of your equipment! especially the minoltas — the rokkor mount is fun. i sold mine. :(

    Comment by Pau — 10 August 2010 @ 8:33 pm

    • That’s a shame, to lose the classic gear. Thanks for your interest in this stuff!

      Comment by Howard — 10 August 2010 @ 9:02 pm

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