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Title: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: Noe on October 26, 2015, 02:21:01 PM
Hello everyone,
It has been quite some time since I have posted or been active. I recently picked up a Minolta x-700. I grew up in the digital age and never got a chance to shoot film so I wanted to try it out. Well, I have a dumb question. I got used to the built in light meters on the DSLR's. As I was trying to familiarize myself with the x-700 I noticed I didn't see a light meter. Does anyone know if it comes with one? Was metering done differently in the age of film? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on October 26, 2015, 06:51:54 PM
Hi Noe

l have no experience of the 700 but if you do a Google search for it you will find a link to information there.. Ken Rockwell is one. He does mention about a meter...

Good luck with the camera and finding out more :)
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: AScot on October 26, 2015, 08:59:40 PM
Many of the old film cameras had hand held exposure meters. I still have two somewhere.
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: Noe on October 27, 2015, 12:07:24 AM
I'm guessing it's safe to assume that the camera does not have a built in meter the way the DSLR's do. I'll have to buy am hand-held one. Any suggestions on which to get?
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: chappo1 on October 27, 2015, 05:00:49 AM
I have the Sekonic L308S which measures both ambient and flash- although I have used it only for setting the power of my strobes.

The younger generation tell me that you can get apps for your smart phone that do the same job but, being of the older generation, I use my phone to make phone calls. :grin:
try looking up mobile phone light metering apps.

john
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on October 27, 2015, 11:44:20 AM
The bit of information on the Ken Rockwell page makes me think that the camera does have a light meter as he mentioned that it was about 1/3 rd of a stop out so he made some changes. I would still suggest you do a Google search for the camera. All I put in was minolta x 700

I'd put the link in here if I wasn't replying with the tablet
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: Frank [aka Wires] on October 27, 2015, 11:50:27 AM
John (chappo1)

l have one of those apps on my phone. Not sure if it is correct or not :)

It's called beeCam Lightmeter - it's an Android app, may be the same for the iPhone.
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: AScot on October 27, 2015, 03:56:47 PM
Yes Frank, as you point out, the Minolta X-700 does have a light meter, according to Ken Rockwell. His page is Here. (http://www.kenrockwell.com/minolta/700.htm) 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 :D. 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.
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: chappo1 on October 27, 2015, 09:24:49 PM
John (chappo1)

l have one of those apps on my phone. Not sure if it is correct or not :)

It's called beeCam Lightmeter - it's an Android app, may be the same for the iPhone.

See it just takes a your fella like Frank to know about the phone apps :grin: 
john
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: Noe on October 28, 2015, 02:22:08 PM
John,
Thanks you. That was funny about you use your phone for calls.

Frank,
Thank you for pointing me to the Ken Rockwell page.

Ascot,
Thank you for posting the link.

Much appreciated everyone. I remember why I enjoyed this forum so much. Everyone is friendly and helpful.
Title: Re: Minolta x-700 light Meter?
Post by: Gordon McGeachie on November 07, 2015, 03:36:19 PM
you will find that the X700 comes with a built in meter, and a rather good one at that.

I had two at the start of my photography days and loved them.