This Minolta X-370 was the first camera I ever purchased and is now almost 30 years old. After not using the camera for about 20 years, I got the desire about a year ago to dust it off. What I was hoping to gain was a small lightweight film camera that I could use to carry with me regularly and photograph events and images that I might otherwise miss. And as much as a Leica would fit the bill perfectly, I don’t have one yet.
After replacing the battery, I discovered that the shutter wouldn’t fire. I was a bit frustrated and confused, but some research led me to discover a common problem with these cameras, an internal capacitor that controls the shutter has a tendency to dry out with age and lack of use. Luckily I had the correct size capacitor in a drawer, so I opened up the camera and easily replaced the faulty component. It worked like a charm and I’ve been using the camera ever since.
Over the next several days, I’ll share some images I’ve shot using this camera, which has been an interesting experience to say the least. Of course I’m used to manual focus with my large and medium format cameras, but using a handheld SLR film camera with manual focus compared to a modern-day digital SLR, especially in fast-paced situations, has been challenging yet rewarding.