Enjoy Our Ten Most Popular Posts About Minolta

Enjoy Our Ten Most Popular Posts About Minolta

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Every day on Instagram and Facebook I get DMs from readers and random strangers, and it’s amazing just how many of these messages tell me, without preamble or explanation, to “do more Minolta” camera and lens reviews. I always politely respond that, uhh, I’ve been doing this for eight years and, uhh, we have done a lot of Minolta stuff. But I guess the message isn’t getting through, because people keep yelling at me about Minolta.

Well, #MinoltaGang, here’s ten of our most popular posts about Minolta. We have a lot more, and you can see all of those here.

And if you like this sort of roundup, let me know in the comments below and I’ll do some more on different brands, camera styles, photographers, and perhaps even out writing crew. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Josh’s most popular posts of all time!?



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James Tocchio

James Tocchio is a writer and photographer, and the founder of Casual Photophile. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic and collectible cameras. In addition to his work here, he’s also the founder of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com.

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14 comments
  • Thanks James! Here to show my (clearly insatiable) support for more Minolta content #MinoltaGang

  • How can I get a job writing promotional fluff on CP?

    • Hi John, If you’d like to send an article for publication on the site as a guest author you can email it directly to Casualphotophilearticles[at]gmail[dotcom]. Or if you’d like to have a conversation about writing paid work longer term you could email me directly at contact[at]fstopcameras[dotcom]. You obviously like this site since you’ve been commenting here since 2020, and you obviously want to see us publish the kind of article that you enjoy reading. So I’d love to hear from you.

      I take your comment to mean that you’re not happy with this post, and to that I can only say that I’m sorry. I will work harder to produce more in-depth and longform content for you.

  • I always liked this article by Jeb about the 45mm lens because it sums up everything about Minolta in a single lens review. Outstanding performance that flies under the radar.

    https://casualphotophile.com/2017/07/21/minolta-md-rokkor-x-45mm-f2-lens-review/

  • I just finish the reading https://casualphotophile.com/2021/02/17/plaubel-makina-67-review/ which is i own and i learn few usefull tips from your blog today. As https://rangefindereviews.com/best-rangefinder-film-camera/ also spreading great knowledge which will enable to use after buy professional. Guys! I want to thanks to team of casualphotophile as they are writing great tips to use camera professionally while your sport.

  • My favourite Minolta posts so far are the Minolta MD Rokkor X 45mm F/2 Lens Review and the Minolta X-700 – Camera Review. That latter post got me searching the local Facebook Marketplace and eBay for an X-700 to complement my Fuji X-T2. It took a few months, but last year I finally snagged an X-700 in excellent condition from the original owner along with an MD Rokkor-X 50mm F/1.7 lens, an X-700 camera manual, leather case, Minolta Auto 132FX flash and Minolta 20 flash — all for $70. I was hooked.

    I bought an MD Rokkor X 45mm F/2 lens a few months later. Then a few months after that, I purchased an XD-11 from another local Facebook Marketplace seller.

    Based on the “Why I Choose the Minolta CLE Over Any Leica M” post, I’m now budgeting to purchase a Minolta CLE and M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 lens.

    Yes. #MinoltaGang

  • Great.
    I have discovered Minolta late, unlikely.
    I have already 2 : The Minolta Hi-Matic 7Sii, which often replace my M3, and the Rokkor M 40mm.
    Really gems James.
    Thank you for this great review.

  • Jim,
    I use a Leitz/Minolta CL w/40mm m-Rokkor. Since the pandemic began, it’s become my EDC. I’d buy a CLE in a Wetzlar minute. The 800 pound Gorilla in the room is reliably & repair of the CLE. Who repairs them? If it gives up the ghost, you’re looking at a great paperweight.

    • The best is your CL, which has been used by HCB, why ? A light, compact M style 😉
      The CLE is a wonderful progress like the Contax G2 which is not exactly a RF, but both are fragile cameras because electronic. With the CL we can shoot manual, the CLE not, and the Leica M7, only at 1/60, … so
      The CL has less chance to finish as a paperweight 😉

    • Finding shops that repair Minolta gear can be a challenge. I’ve spent the last two years searching for shops that do. There are a few on the list that repair rangefinders, and at least two that repair Maxxums or the XK/XM or Autocords. Here the list thus far:

      https://earthsunfilm.com/repair-services/

      BTW, James I have read nearly every Minolta review on this site to help when buying my Minolta gear.

  • Hi James,
    i agree with many other readers :
    Please do more Minolta !

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James Tocchio

James Tocchio is a writer and photographer, and the founder of Casual Photophile. He’s spent years researching, collecting, and shooting classic and collectible cameras. In addition to his work here, he’s also the founder of the online camera shop Fstopcameras.com.

All stories by:James Tocchio