Camera Review Film Photography

Minolta XD5 35mm Film Camera Overview

In this video, I give you guys an overview of the features of the Minolta XD5 35mm SLR film camera. 35mm Films: 35mm Film Scanner:

Later on, I will do a detailed comparison of the Minolta XD/7/11 compared to the XD5.

Lens Review

Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.4 Lens Sample Photos

Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.4 Lens is a full manual focus lens originally designed for Minolta manual focus film cameras. It can also be used on some newer film cameras to achieve full automatic exposure using either Shutter speed priority or Aperture priority auto exposure.

The lens performed quite well on a digital camera, using a Fotasy Minolta MD MC Rokkor Lens to E Mount Adapter I have included some sample photos taken using this lens on a Sony A7 IV mirrorless digital camera. Expect the lens to perform much better on any Minolta film cameras.

You can probably still find a good used MD lens on eBay.

Camera Review Film Photography

Minolta X570 vs XD5

In this video, I talk about the differences and similarities between Minolta XD5 and Minolta X570 (X500), both of which are very capable auto exposure aperture priority cameras made in the 70s and 80s.

Some key differences will make your purchase decision lean towards one or the other. I’d pick X-570 for AE lock, full aperture + linked shutter speed readout in the viewfinder, and a physical on/off switch with a beeping option.

I’d pick XD5 for a more compact camera body (though less ergonomic without molded grips), half metal construction for durability (bottom plate is metal, top plate is plastic), exposure compensation dial, shutter-priority auto exposure, and if you don’t want to worry about replacing the low-quality capacitor on bottom of X-570!

Both cameras have a bright, easy-to-focus viewfinder with 94% frame coverage, and will provide excellent exposure in auto mode and manual using the newer silicon blue cell light meter, which responds to changing light much faster than older CdS cells used in SLR bodies prior to mid-70s. Since both are fully electronic, always bring extra batteries when out on the shoot.