I received a great gift from an online friend a few months ago. Knowing my fondness for Minolta cameras, and Rokkor lenses, Alex, a fellow FPP listener, and contributor, from Canada, sent me a gorgeous X-700, with the 45mm f/1.7 Rokkor. To take advantage of my fondness for trains, and railroad scenes, I decided to take the camera through its paces, and take it down to the former Fitchburg Railroad tracks, now part of the MBTA, as well as other freight services. This strangely accessible area, near the municipal airport, gave me opportunity to photograph both moving, and stationary tracks.
The camera is one of the most advanced manual SLR’s I have ever used. Featuring program exposure, aperture priority, and manual exposure, it has an amazingly accurate light meter, one which is stepless in aperture priority, And, unlike the beloved XG-7, yes, the meter does meter completely in manual exposures. It can be as simple, or as advanced, as you want. The lens, like the 50 1/4, and 1.7, is sharp and contrasty. At 45mm, it comes close to a pancake lens. Compact and great to handle.
Back to this location. Not a soul in sight. Guessing along the tracks, there are, on occasion, security guards, etc. No fences, no warning signs. I was able to walk right up to parked cars, and pan closely when MBTA commuter rail trains blasted by. These were taken with Kodak T-MAX 100, and home developed with HC-110. I also should mention that a Hoya yellow filter was used as well.
Thank you, my friend Alex!