Falling in love again–with my Minolta x700

Oh yes the wonder of rediscovering an old flame whose sparks are still glowing strong. Thanks to the Camera Goddess, Angie, of Crick Camera Shop in Kansas City, Missouri, that is precisely what happened to moi this week. I ventured into Crick, which does some awesome film developing, among everything else ‘camera’ in order to conduct more of what’s been very tentative research on the topic of DIGITAL cameras.  I’ve been dippping into reviews of cameras and paying attention to some personal experiences of other shutterbugs online and off. All of it simply left me drifting in the wind but with the sense that I OUGHT to switch from film to little handy dandy camera disks for the pursuit of light and form a la camera. Finally I asked the right question to someone who could–and would–answer it without piling on more of the information files so adored by self described camera geeks. 

Aside: Thanks to one of planetcity1’s wonderful link/posts on dig-n-dash to a study of the psychological types of photographers/artists I KNOW there are others who photograph and create other visual arts like I ‘do’.  All photographers are NOT geeks! There is no shame in not being a ‘geek’ photographer.  There is much joy in being an intutitive, mindful,  in the moment pursuer of unique images that moi is. Yes, I can wait for the moment when the clouds move on and the light shines on the creek just right. I will wait, holding my breath, trying to keep my heartbeat from shaking my camera. But I will not take ten shots of the exact same subject at the exact same place and time in an effort to get the perfect shot.  Why do that when everthing else is waiting for a chance to shine?


Moi:  Which digital camera will provide the same image quality that my Minolta x700 does?

 Angie, The Camera Goddess: A Nikon D700. Cost of $3,369.95 with lens.

Consider that my Minolta x700 cost  me $250 USED-with lens and flash-and all that it does–yes, the photographs on this site and on shutterbug junkie are all Minolta x700 creations (with just a few exceptions taken with my daughter’s digital) and what do you think I’m thinking?

Ahhh the joy of falling in love again with an oh so wonderful object that caters to my photographic desires. Oh yeah.

Covet all things camera at Crick Camera even online —–>    http://www.crickcamera.com/      Yes, you too can consult their very own Camera Goddess, Angie–and all the other very friendly folks who contend with camera clickers.

A simple shot of my love  http://www.pbase.com/cameras/minolta/x700

Play with your digitals all you wish. I’m keeping my Minolta all to meself for as long as possible!

Dig into the psychology of photography  >>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsuler/sets/72057594126928976/

Dig-n-dash over at planetcity1’s blog studio http://planetcity1.wordpress.com/

Btw, planetcity1 does much with digital fun while providing all sorts of camera goodies. Explore her universe at will.



  1. March 28, 2010 at 12:01 am

    $3,300 will pay for a lot of film developing …

    • March 28, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      Wow, Dennis, that’s exactly what my first thought was. Seriously it was. Are we sharing mind waves or something? It will also buy a lot of 8 x12 high quality prints. And from all the places that have put film on clearance sales down to one dollar for 4 rolls–well, I have a LOT of film to shoot and develop.

  2. y said,

    April 2, 2010 at 12:32 am

    (laugh) okay…you sound like me. i held off for a dslr for 10 years!

    • April 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

      LOL–Hi Yi-Ching! It seems it matters not which part of the world/country we abide in, we do share pespectives. Hmm…though you and moi and The Vizsla Dude do make an interesting threesome. Hey, we do cover the entire breadth of the US though–from San Diego, CA to Liberty, MO–to NYC, NY! Not bad for a long distance “connection”–now is it?

      • y said,

        April 21, 2010 at 1:48 am

        (smile) that is a long distance connection! where’ve you been hiding anyways? is it spring over there yet? (smile) hope you’re enjoying it!

      • April 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm

        Hi Yi-Ching! It has been summer here–80 on some days. Haven’t beenn ‘hiding’ just been busy with life outside of blogland. Have a show in June to prepare for so >> finding affordable frames, getting photographs enlarged & framed, literally putting things together. It all demands lots of time and energy.

  3. y said,

    April 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    yes, that is right!! congratulations, again! i’m so excited for you – but yes, it is hard work! (smile) send me links to the exhibit, when you have them! thank you.

    • April 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      LOL–I certainly will keep you in the loop, Yi-Ching. Hey, have you found solutions to the paper issue and such from your charity gig?

  4. bigsurkate said,

    May 26, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    The NIkon D90 is just as good, and $2K less! I love digital, having been a Nikon F-1 fan for decades!!

    • May 31, 2010 at 10:39 am

      LOL–yes, the Nikon D90 seems to be highly valued by many digital fans–and is considerably less pricey. Grins.

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