James's Camera Collection: Minolta XG-1

Minolta XG-1 W. Germany 35mm cameras
Minolta xg7
Camera type: Single Lens Reflex (SLR)
Approx. dates of manufacture: 1978-1984
Lens Mount: Minolta MD
Approx. original price: $214.99
Approx. street value: Low-moderate

This is the little brother to the XG-7. It was a compact, amateur-level camera meant to compete against Canon's AV-1. Like the others in the XG series, it takes all the Rokkor-X lenses, some dedicated flashes and an auto-winder.

Actually, this is an XG-1n, which is the same as the original XG-1 but the body has been restyled a bit, it has the new Minolta logo (the dark O with horizonal lines), and it can accept the Data Back G. If you want a rundown of the whole XG series, look at the page for my XG-M.

I found a nice website on this camera series, The Rokkor Files.

This was another thrift-shop find. One of the nice things about it is that it came with an autowinder, a lens (albiet a 3rd party) and a neveready case that fits both the camera and the winder.

Camera manual: Orphan Cameras.com

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