I got the Minolta back in 1983 or so. I still remember going to K-Mart to pick it up with my mom and dad. I still have the original receipt in my files somewhere.

I shot with the 50mm f/1.7 kit lens for my formative photographic life. I also had a 70-200mm f/4 zoom in my kit as well — this was before I really discovered my love of the wide angle. I shot with this until the mid 90’s when I got my first Canon EOS system (film, of course).

Since then I don’t recall shooting with it in anger. I had a roll of B&W film in it… but I don’t really recall of what.

A couple days ago I picked up a 28mm f/2.8 lens for it; my first wide angle.

Today I went out and shot with it for real.

It takes pictures like the day it was packed up last.

I almost forgot how easy to focus it is. Modern autofocus viewfinders aren’t designed for manually focusing; they are optimized for high brightness. But the way they achieve the brightness makes the depth of field seem deeper. They also lack the focus aids that come with a good manual focus screen like the split-image and micro-prism ring make for an easy task to nail focus quickly.

I souped the Ilford HP5+ and it’s hanging to dry right now.