52 Cameras: Week 48 part 2 — Minolta XE-7

Some specs I didn’t mention: Shutter speeds are from 1/1000 to 4 seconds, the shutter uses vertically traveling metal blades, and there is an eyepiece shutter built in so no stray light gets in during long exposures. It uses two common LR or SR44 batteries and there is a battery check lever and light on the left side of the body (photographer’s POV). Film speeds manually set from ISO 16-2500.

This grab from the manual shows the viewfinder layout. The aperture isn’t a display per se, but a reflection of the number at the top of the lens.

I couldn't get a decent picture of the viewfinder.

I couldn’t get a decent picture of the viewfinder.

On to the photos. Fujicolor 200 film.

He did a beautiful version of Neil Young's

He did a beautiful version of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon”. 50mm, f/5.6 @ 1/125 (I think).

50mm, f1/8, didn't write down the shutter.  Beautiful bokeh!

50mm, f/1.8, didn’t write down the shutter. Beautiful bokeh!

The perils and benefits of learning my way around a camera. I left the double exposure switch part way engaged so the film slipped. The super shallow DoF of the 135mm lens and the dark overcast morning made it work.

Accidental double-exposure.  I think that's my hand.  135mm lens, f/2.8

Accidental double-exposure. I think that’s my hand. 135mm lens, f/2.8

Daisies.  135mm, f/2.8 @ 1/30.  Without a tripod, it looks like a Polaroid.

Daisies. 135mm, f/2.8 @ 1/30. Without a tripod, it looks like a Polaroid.

Sandia Man Cave.  50mm.  f/8 at 1/500.  Sunny but overcast is tough.  To get her right, the sky is blown out.

Sandia Man Cave. 50mm. f/8 at 1/500. Sunny but overcast is tough. To get her right, the sky is blown out.