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Minolta XG-1
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2020-04-10 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1981 to (After) 1984.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1530

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The Minolta XG-1 is 24x36mm SLR using a focal-plane shutter. It belongs to the XG family, which was originally started in 1977 with the XG-7. The XG family is positioned in-between the higher-end XD family and the all-mechanical Sr-T family. It uses the Minolta MC/MD mount.
The XG-1, marketed in 1978, represents the consumer end of the XG family. As all the other XG family bodies, it uses a center-weighted CdS light meter, which controls an electromagnetic shutter that fires up to 1/1000 of a second, with a 1/60 flash synch. This camera features an aperture-priority mode, as well as the manual mode.

You switch on the camera by turning the on/off ring located around the rewind knob. This ring is also used for activating the electronic self-timer (10 seconds) and for testing the batteries (if the batteries are good, the red LED in front of the camera should light up).
When this switch is on the “ON” position, the simple fact of touching the shutter release button activates the light meter and displays the info the finder.
You can find the shutter speed dial (1 to 1/1000 + Bulb and Aperture priority mode) on the other side of the prism, next to the cocking lever. The shutter release is in the center of the shutter speed dial. The film speed (25 to 1600 ISO) is selected by slightly lifting up the outer ring of the shutter speed dial.
The finder displays the speed selected by the aperture priority mode (however, speeds from 1/15 to 1s are represented by a single LED). In manual mode, the speed is not displayed in the finder.
Cable release and flash synch plug are found next to the lens release button, on the side of the lens mount

Minolta XG-1