Update to my XD-11 CLA

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Colyn, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. Colyn

    Colyn Guest

    I sent my XD-11 to Garry's camera repair
    http://www22.brinkster.com/garryscamera/ and got it back today.

    I sent it out on Oct 12 and got it back today Oct 22. I have to say
    Garry did a fine job of servicing it. He even cleaned to prism and
    view screen. Excellent turnaround time.

    All shutter speeds are working and the advance which was a little
    rough is now smooth as silk. Meter was adjusted and is dead on.

    Total cost of repair $45 + $8 shipping.

    BTW: Camera passed the film test.
    Colyn, Oct 23, 2005
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    bmoag Guest

    I had my XD 11 and motor winder overhauled a few years ago and it cost me
    almost as much as a replacement might have.
    However one cannot put a price on sentimental value and that camera and I
    went through many years together.
    bmoag, Oct 23, 2005
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  3. Colyn

    Colyn Guest

    I have several Minolta cameras but the XD-11 is my favorite. I hated
    to have to send it out but it was worth it in the end.
    Colyn, Oct 23, 2005
  4. Colyn,
    Like you, I have several fine Minolta cameras, but no XD-11. However, I
    enjoy the next-best thing -- the XD-5, which is very similar. I have a mint
    example and not long ago acquired a second mint XD-5, just in case. Some of
    the classic Minolta MD lenses produce photos that look just as good to me as
    my best Nikkor and Pentax glass. My favorite is the Minolta MD 35-70 Macro
    f3.5, allegedly made in concert with the Leica folks. I have two of those
    also.......just in case. Very, very nice! Fun to use on the XD-5, XE-5 (an
    oldie but a goodie, although heavy), and the more modern manual stuff like
    the X570 and X-700.
    Ken Rosenbaum, Oct 23, 2005
  5. Colyn

    Colyn Guest

    If I recall correctly the difference between the XD-11 and XD-5 is
    in the viewfinder information. Other than that they are identical.
    Both fine cameras.

    Actually the 35-70mm f/3.5 and the 70-210mm f/4 constant aperture were
    made for both Minolta and Leitz. 2 of the best zooms in my opinion. I
    have both.

    In addition to my XD-11, I have a couple of XE-7's, 4 SRT's, XG-9, and
    X700. I recently sold my XK partly because of the weight. Carrying
    that camera would wear you out in no time. I plan to buy a second
    XD-11 soon.

    I also have several rangefinder Minoltas which include the Super A and
    Hi-Matic 7sII.

    Minolta has long been considered one of the best lens makers. In fact
    they are one of only a few that makes their own glass.
    Colyn, Oct 23, 2005
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    Mike Guest

    I spend $120 on a pristine Minolta XD-5 about 3 years ago on eBay. I paid
    $40 for new light seals immediately upon receiving it. The damn light
    meter went out 6 weeks later. LEDs are fine. But they don't respond to
    light. Had it estimated for repair twice and nobody wants to bother trying.

    I now use a Minolta X-700 for 35mm work. The XD-5 is sitting on a shelf.
    Its tempting to sell it "AS IS" to some schmuck on eBay, but I won't stoop
    to that level.
    Mike, Oct 24, 2005
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