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Manufactured in Japon from 1981 until 0.
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Minolta X-700

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Minolta had created a breakthrough by marketing in 1977 the XD-7, that had both aperture- and shutter- priorities; but since 1977 the competition matched up these capacities with camera such as the Canon A-1.

It was therefore necessary for Minolta to react, and launch a new camera. That was a big reaction! Minolta marketed in 1981 the X-700, a camera that proposed a “full automatic” exposure mode, as well as the traditional aperture-priority and manual modes.
The full auto mode is called “Minolta Program System” or MPS: turning the shutter dial into this position allows the user to compose and focus his/her picture without wondering further about the exposure!

On top of this MPS system, the X-700 had a new design (based on the XG-M), more aggressive, more modern, as well as many features: safe-load indicator, exposure compensation, electronic timer, automatic exposure lock…

On the accessory side, the X-700 could receive an accessory motor drive (called MD-1, up to 3 images/second, that also dramatically improved the handling of the camera) and a state-of-the-art flash system: the X-700 was capable of off-the-film TTL with the appropriate flash units (PX series). The range of accessories was really impressive and could match for the first time with competitors such as Canon or Nikon.

As for the XD-7, the user needs MD lenses to uses the X-700 in “Program” mode, but all the older lenses (MC, early Rokkor lenses) can be used either in aperture-priority or in manual mode.

The Minolta X-700 was huge commercial success; it was marketed for over a decade – quite impressive, since Minolta introduced auto-focusing on its SLRs in 1985, with the Minolta 7000!





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