Minolta XK 35mm Film SLR Camera with Minolta MD Rokkor X 50mm F/1.4 Fast Prime Lens, AutoExposure Prism - Fully Functional
Here we have a fully functional and gorgeous Minolta XK 35mm SLR camera with Minolta MD Rokkor X 50mm F/1.4 fast prime lens and Minolta's auto-exposure AE prism. The camera works exactly as it should, and is ready to produce another lifetime of fantastic photos.
The Minolta XK (called X1 in Japan and Europe) was that brand's most advanced professional-grade manual focus camera ever. It is the pinnacle of their engineering, and pre-dated comparable cameras from Nikon and Canon by a number of years. It was the best camera available in the world when it was released, and is still today an amazingly capable photographic machine.
With it's incredible modularity, ability to accept world-class lenses, and it's offering of both manual control and aperture-priority auto-exposure shooting, it's a camera that is perfect for any type of shooter. Beginners and advanced professional shooters will love it equally, and its incredible versatility makes it ideal for any shooting situation.
An excellent review of this camera can be read here.
The camera is cosmetically excellent and functionally perfect. Paintwork and leatherette are in excellent shape. There are no dents or significant wear. The strap lugs are solid. All knobs, lever, switches, and dials actuate as they should with mechanical precision. The Senswitch is working perfectly, as is the ON/OFF switch located on the prism.
The prism itself is in similarly great condition and is fully functional. The light meter works correctly, as do the readouts for aperture and shutter speed. The viewfinder shows minimal dust commensurate with age, and the auto-exposure system works fine. The contacts have been cleaned and are making solid connection (the contacts on XKs and their prisms do require regular light cleaning - about once every six months is fine).
The lens is in perfect condition. Glass elements are clean and clear and free of fungus, haze, contamination, scratches, and balsam separation. The optical coatings are perfect. The aperture blades are snappy and free of oil. The focus ring spins smoothly with excellent weight.
The MD Rokkor X 50mm F/1.4 is one of the best legacy lenses today, and is an unbelievable value. The quality of images that this lens can produce is remarkable, and it's my favorite 50mm lens for under $100. It's extremely sharp when stopped down, and produces amazing bokeh when shot wide open. Resistance to flare and other aberrations is very strong.
It will be carefully packaged and shipped immediately.