Are they still made?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Ric Trexell, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. Ric Trexell

    Ric Trexell Guest

    I was looking over the cameras at Cambridge Camera or Photo, anyway, they
    had VHS video cameras made by Panasonic and for 35mm film cameras they had
    the Minolta X-700. I have the Minolta X-700 and I thought they went out of
    production about 5 years ago. Also, I thought nobody has been making VHS
    video cameras for at least that long. Do they have a warehouse the size of
    a football field with this stuff or are these cameras being made by someone
    yet. These were not the only ones I should add, just ones I know are out of
    production, or so I thought. Ric in Wisconsin.
    Ric Trexell, Jan 23, 2007
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    Doug Robbins Guest

    The X-700 was discontinued in 1999, according to Wikipedia:

    This was one of Minolta's best selling cameras ever, and no doubt some "new
    old stock" can still be found in a few camera stores.

    Doug Robbins, Jan 23, 2007
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    wsrphoto Guest

    Minolta sold the design and production rights to the X-series and the
    MC/MD lens mount to Seagull in China who had been producing the camera
    for a decade or more under contract to Seagull. You can still get new
    Seagull models through importers, gray market or other sources. The
    Seagull model shares a lot the parts from the original Minolta designed
    models. You can find occasional new old stock bodies and lenses around
    in smaller camera shops or on Ebay.
    wsrphoto, Jan 23, 2007
  4. Ric Trexell

    Ric Trexell Guest

    Okay, thanks for the info on the Minolta X-700, now what about the VHS
    cameras? Are these just old cameras that didn't sale? If so I wonder how
    the caps would be sitting there that long. Also, you would be buying a
    camera which would have no parts made for it for several years. So if the
    on and off switch would break on your VHS camera, you might have a camera
    that you can't use after only one week. Unless someone like Seagull is
    making those too. Anybody know? Ric.
    Ric Trexell, Jan 24, 2007
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