Yes Frank, as you point out, the Minolta X-700 does have a light meter, according to Ken Rockwell. His page is Here.
I think that most cameras from that period (1980) probably had a meter but a lot of professionals also had hand held exposure meters as they were more versatile and accurate. I have the Minolta Auto Meter IV F, from way back and as you all know, I am not a professional
. I very seldom use it but it does come in handy occasionally to check out very difficult lighting. I also have another , a Zeiss Ikon Ikophot, Stuttgart Germany, dating back to 1954 when I bought my first camera, a Voigtlander Vito B f2.8 . Both still work perfectly. No plastic back then. Cameras with meters were few and far between at that time.
I doubt that Professionals would use a smart phone but lot's of news films have recently been taken by bystanders using phones. As they say, the best camera is the one you have with you.
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