Post by nikkortorokkor on Oct 26, 2010 16:45:41 GMT -5
Very nice results Randy. I'm using your successful projects as inspiration - I've won that auction for the non-clicking XD11, complete with shrunken skin syndrome. I hope that I can get it going, as it'll make a nice comparison with the XE-1.
The XE is a lovely, solid, competent camera, featuring (typically Minolta) advanced features for its age. Yet I've never quite "got on" with it. Probably a CLA would help, and to be honest, I'm just not putting the films through it to develop familiarity in the manner that I did with my "old favourite" Nikon F3. But I still feel that the XE plays second fiddle to the (admittedly 10 years younger) F3 as the ultimate expression of the all-metal, manual focus, electronic shutter, 35mm SLR (whew!).
So, as I said, I'll be intrigued to see the much-vaunted and allegedly-refined younger sibling. Fingers crossed.
Here are the vendor's pics of the XD. Hopefully the "after" will be posted soon:
Post by grenouille on Dec 11, 2011 13:20:09 GMT -5
Seeing your great work, I'm prompted to restore my Pentax S1a, never done a thing like this before. First will have to go and search for the top plate, the bottom plate, the back locking catch and the leatherette. Come to think about it a red lizard skin looks great; Regards
I just chanced on this thread again, and I'm glad that I did. The XD-11 is one of those camers that I really wanted in the 1970s, but it was out of my price range. Plus, I was a bit concerned about the battery-dependency. I believed everything the magazines said, and back then, that was a big deal.
First, to answer the long-ago question posed in this thread. The new material is pre-cut and is self-adhesive. You just have to be careful when applying, because it really sticks. Plus, make sure you remove all of the old covering and adhesive. It's simple on the XD-11, because it's like a rubber sheet that comes off cleanly.
Back to the camera. I ended up with a Pentax MX. Fine camera, but it's almost too small. The XD-11, although in the same category of smaller cameras from that era, seems slightly larger and feels really nice in your hands.
I've had a great time with this camera. Since buying the original camera, I picked up an f/1.4 "standard" lens, a nice 28mm wide angle and the usual 135mm telephoto, which I haven't used. I also picked up the autowinder. A nice little kit, and when I finally agree to downsize my camera hoard, this will be one that I keep.
It's a great camera, because it was the first (not sure) to offer both aperture- and shutter-priority autoexposure and full manual, as well. It has a very nice film advance with a short throw.
The viewfinder is excellent with a full display of information. I just think that a lot of thought went into design and usability.
I had some pink leather covering for another spare body, but the then-puppy chewed it into an unrecognizable mass.