I don't remember when I was last time so excited about used film camera.Couple days ago I came across Minolta XE-7 (aka XE-1 in Europe) in excellent cosmetic and working condition. I have never seen one before and had no idea what this camera is about. But I was so impressed with top notch design, high quality materials and excellent workmanship that I bought it on the spot.
Later that day I found the explanation why this camera looks, feels and operates so well. According to Wikipedia: “It was developed in collaboration with Leica Camera and has many similarities to the Leica R3. The XE uses a Leitz-Copal electronic, vertically-traveling, metal blade focal plane shutter supporting exposure times of 1/1000 of a second to four seconds. In aperture priority auto-exposure mode, the shutter speed is varied steplessly; in manual mode, the shutter speeds are selected in whole stop increments. The camera has a very short shutter lag of about 38ms, among the best for a SLRs regardless of manufacturer." Camerapedia also confirms that and provides some additional technical details.
TTL needle, shutter speed and aperture values. That's all I need to see in viewfinder.
Leading the pack:)
One more time, this camera is MARVELOUS!
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