Post by belgiumreporter on Jan 13, 2016 15:24:42 GMT -5
Last week i came across this minolta XE5, the price was such that i could't resist it.
I thought i already had one, but when i came home i saw the one i had was a XE1, at first sight they are the same. Closer inspection shows some five diffrences, no double exposure, no apperture and no chosen manual speed info in the viewfinder, no FP sync and no viewfinder blinds.The XE5 was clearly the low(er) cost version of the XE1. Further research learned the XE1 was the most expensive camera in its segment, pentax ES,nikkormat EL,canon EF,all were cheaper ( only leica R3 was twice as expensive but that shouldn't be no surprice)
Anyhow in retrospect i don't think it was such a good idea from minolta to market the camera as such as it seems like just another attempt to become a player in the higher end of the market, but it couldn't convince canon or nikon buyers to switch brands. ( a bit like what happened with the XM) I'll keep the XE5 though as it still is a lovely full size heavy metal SLR worthy of display alongside my (ever growing collection of) other minoltas.
Post by Mark Vaughan on Sept 14, 2018 14:58:16 GMT -5
If you really want to boost your XE collection, seek out an XEb - it was a Japan-market-only version of 'something between an XE-5 and an XE-7. Very cool rig, and I sold it to someone on this forum. Bob, maybe?