The Minolta X-700 was the first of these cameras that I owned. Well, it’s actually on an extended loan from my Dad.
Dad bought this new in 1981 and he takes really excellent care of his gear. When I got my hands on it a few years ago it still had the original plastic covers on in a few places. I honestly think it could pass for new-in-box quality.
This camera can be picked up cheap now but that’s only because its quality made it one of the world’s most popular SLR cameras back in the day. My one came with a 35-1xxsomething zoom lens that Dad had been shooting with for 20 years. I ditched that in favour of a Rokkor 50 1.4 that I got along with a Vivitar 28 2.8 (pictured) for really cheap. Both bits of glass are choice.
Now, this wouldn’t normally be the camera of choice for most street photographers, but it was all I knew at the time. It’s not as discrete as it could be, but occasionally I like people to notice that I’m carrying a camera:
In the grand scheme of things tho, this camera really doesn’t compare in size to today’s DSLRs, especially with a tiny 28 prime lens whacked on the front.
Sometimes people don’t notice it at all:
(Excuse the lines, someone else scanned these and still has my negs :/)
It’s an excellent little camera for street which was quickly superseded within my collection by a few other bits of kit, but which I still take away on holidays when I want a no-fuss alternate camera. Plus they go for around $50 on ebay with a flash and 50 1.7 so they’re definitely worth having a look at. Rokkor glass is amazing, as the Rokkor Files will quickly show you.