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09-08-2015, 06:56 PM - 1 Like   #3286
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The XE7 is dead but pristine. It still had the receipt for purchase in the bag!
The 35s works and looks great. Just the lens has quite a bit of fungus on it ;(.
T50 works *shrug*

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QuoteOriginally posted by tianan1558 Quote
Hi everyone,

I used Pentax from 2007 and now i'm happy with my MX ^^
Nice shot and a heck of a nice little package you've got right there. One of my go-to combos.

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Actually the turret was a rip off of the Contax universal finder, of course adapted to use the standard Soviet RF system (Orion 15, Jupiter 12, 8, 9 and 11):



The Zeiss/KMZ finder is much better than the Leica ones, they also offer parallax compensation.

Regarding the Soviet cameras, I found the best quality comes with the simpler camera, so the most reliable are the Zorki 5,6 and Fed 2 (they don't have slow speeds), the worst design are the complex and sophisticated cameras like the Leningrad and the Almaz 103.

I just finished to shoot a roll of Portra 400 with this Z6, I'm looking forward to seeing the results, I find it a very nice camera to use, it's small, simple, has a hinged door, nice viewfinder, large base rangefinder, in short a sort of Contax/Leica hybrid with modern features.
Very cool. I have a Fed 2E and a Kiev 4m on the way to me by slow-boat a week ago. Looking forward to having some fun with them.
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Nice XE-7 and 58 1.2 kxjiru.
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This came in the mail today!
The XE7 is dead but pristine. It still had the receipt for purchase in the bag!
Too bad as the XE-7's film advance has to be experienced!
Hopefully the 58mm f1.2 is in good working order.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kxjiru Quote
The XE7 is dead but pristine. It still had the receipt for purchase in the bag!
Has that been confirmed by a qualified technician? If it can be resurrected you will never handle a better example of `70s camera design. It was reputed to be developed with Leica and very similar to the Leica R3. I have a couple of these and their build quality is wonderful. However, neither of mine were accompanied by the rarer 58 f/1.2.
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"How" is your XE-7 dead ... Could you give us dome more info ? ... J
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Depending on the failure, John Titterington ( JTCamera@aol.com ) may be able to repair it as he is considered a Minolta expert. He is also a seller on ebay using his last name.
There is also one on KEH with an EX grade if you're interested -> KEH XE-7
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Very cool - that XE-7 seems to have a similar feature set to the LX. Only ever used one 80s era Minolata from the Maxx days... Can't for life of me recall the model but it was a great cam. My dad still has it.

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Very cool - that XE-7 seems to have a similar feature set to the LX. Only ever used one 80s era Minolata from the Maxx days... Can't for life of me recall the model but it was a great cam. My dad still has it.
If you can believe it the XE-7 was a 70's camera as it was released in 1974 which was after the ESII and before the K2. If your dad has the XE-7 then you have to experience that film advance mechanism which is smoothest in all I have used.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
If you can believe it the XE-7 was a 70's camera as it was released in 1974 which was after the ESII and before the K2. If your dad has the XE-7 then you have to experience that film advance mechanism which is smoothest in all I have used.
No, his was definitely a later model than that. He shot a Nikormat through the better part of the 70s. I'll see if I can track down the one he did have.

**It was one of the Dynax models though not sure which one.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TheLens Quote
Nice XE-7 and 58 1.2 kxjiru.
Thank you!

QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
Too bad as the XE-7's film advance has to be experienced!

Hopefully the 58mm f1.2 is in good working order.

The 58mm is in perfect condition. I don't think it was ever used. The camera bag it came in still had the invoice for purchase in it. May 20, 1976 from 47th ST. Photo Inc.

QuoteOriginally posted by From1980 Quote
Has that been confirmed by a qualified technician? If it can be resurrected you will never handle a better example of `70s camera design. It was reputed to be developed with Leica and very similar to the Leica R3. I have a couple of these and their build quality is wonderful. However, neither of mine were accompanied by the rarer 58 f/1.2.

I have an XD11 that I like better for size but the 58mm seems best balanced with the XE-7

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"How" is your XE-7 dead ... Could you give us dome more info ? ... J

I've used three sets of batteries to try and turn in on. Battery check failed each time. There's no corrosion in the terminal either. I have newer batteries arriving so it might be that the ones I have are low but they work with every other camera I have.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kxjiru Quote
... I've used three sets of batteries to try and turn in on. Battery check failed each time. There's no corrosion in the terminal either. I have newer batteries arriving so it might be that the ones I have are low but they work with every other camera I have.
OK, thanks.

Just as a wild guess, but have you tried the "pencil eraser" trick inside the battery compartment ?

I resurrected a X-700 that would not crank with this one ... find a good ol' pencil eraser and rub it well on the contact inside the battery compartment.

Just FYI ... Cheers, J
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
OK, thanks.

Just as a wild guess, but have you tried the "pencil eraser" trick inside the battery compartment ?

I resurrected a X-700 that would not crank with this one ... find a good ol' pencil eraser and rub it well on the contact inside the battery compartment.

Just FYI ... Cheers, J

I am going to try that now. How vigorous should the rubbing be?
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I am going to try that now. How vigorous should the rubbing be?
Relatively "firm" to remove any residue, but not too hard so as to damage the contact ... go easy at first ... fingers crossed. J
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Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.

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Relatively "firm" to remove any residue, but not too hard so as to damage the contact ... go easy at first ... fingers crossed. J

You, my friend, are a genius. I scrubbed it and nothing happened but then I looked at the battery cap! CORROSION! I scraped it off with a screwdriver and now I have working XE-7. Thank you so much.
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