Mary’s Christmas Tree

Mary's Christmas Tree 1989

Mary’s Christmas Tree  Mom loved Christmas.  It was by far her best time of year.  Trimming the tree was a special event in itself usually accompanied by high expectations, a good bit of work, some frustrations, and finally delight.  Also, notice her love for dolls even at Christmas time.  I’ve posted several photographs of mom in the past; instead this year, a photo of her favorite Christmas tree. Fond memories of a mom who could not do too much for others!


Minolta XG-9 Camera

Minolta XG-9 CameraThe Minolta XG-9 Camera is an electronic 35mm SLR film camera with automatic and manual exposure control.  It’s also known as the XG-S in Japan.  By providing automatic exposure photography at a reasonable cost, the Minolta XG-9 camera was designed to be used in aperture priority auto-exposure mode.  It reflects the advances in electronics and miniaturization resulting in a much smaller body than the SR-T cameras.  And, the XG-9 also accepts an auto winder, the Minolta Auto Winder G, that provides motorised frame advance at up to two frames per second.

The XG-9 included many improvements over its predecessors.  The new Acute-matte screen results in easier focusing and improved light transmission.   When set to auto-exposure mode, it provides a full information viewfinder.  It also includes a depth-of-field preview button and is available in both chrome and black. 

The Minolta XG-9 was in production between March 1979-1981.  List price for a new Minolta XG-9 Camera in 1981 was approximately $250 (app. $657 USD in 2016 dollars).  Today, used price for a camera in very good condition runs around $100 USD including several lenses. 


Minolta XG-9 Specifications

  • Type: Electronic 35mm SLR with automatic and manual exposure control
  • Focusing Method: Acute-Matte Fresnel screen with a split-image rangefinder inside a micro-prism collar
  • Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism displays include manual f-stop, auto shutter speed, +/- exposure
  • Focusing: Matte Fresnel microprism focusing screen with split-image spot & manual
  • Shutter: Fully electronic, horizontal, cloth, focal plane shutter
  • Speeds: Mechanical: none Electronic: 1 – 1,000; B  Automatic (stepless): 1 – 1,000  Manual: 1 – 1,000; B
  • Meter: TTL , full-aperture, center-weighted meter, coupled to aperture & film speed 
  • Meter Sensitivity: CdS type from EV 2 to EV 17 at ASA 100
  • Exposure Modes: Unmetered manual mode & Aperture preferred mode
  • Automatic Exposure Compensation: +/- 2EV dial
  • Battery:  Two A76 (or equivalent)  Built-in battery check 
  • Flash:  Built-in, hot shoe auto sets shutter speed to 1/60 with X-type flash units X and FP PC contacts
  • Flash Synch: X: B; 1 – 1/60  FP: B; 1 – 1/15  M: B; 1 – 1/15  MF: B; 1 – 1/15
  • Film: 35mm  Film-speed Range: ASA 25-1600
  • Film Advance: Lever type or optional Autowinder G
  • Lens Mount: Minolta Bayonet Mount (MC/MD)
  • Mirror: Over-sized, instant return mirror
  • Self Timer: Electronic, non-adjustable 10 seconds
  • Dimensions:  2″ x 3.5″ x 5.5″  (52 x 88 x 138mm)   Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz.  (500g)
  • Construction: Single stroke lever film advance, drum-type loading, and exposure counter
  • Depth of field preview button, automatic reset film counter, tripod threads
  • Film safe-load window, cable release connection
Minolta Rokkor-X 50mm f1.7
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Lens: 6 elements in 5 groups with achromatic coating   Filter Thread: 55mm
  • Aperture: f1.7 – f16   Angle of View:  47°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.45 meters / 1.5 feet
  • Dimensions: 2.5″ x 1.6″  (64x40mm)   Weight: 6.9oz  (195g)

Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie

Meet Wee Willie Winkie!  He has the distinction of being our first Pug.  In this film photo, he’s a puppy, about 6 months old, visiting grandma’s house.   Winkie began our tradition of Pug ownership.  He set the tone and the expectations of many Pugs to come.  And, after his people, he loved bananas above all else.  If, while he was outside; doing his duty, you had the audacity to eat a banana without him, upon hitting the door, he gave you the “eye”!  After scanning the slide into digital, the restoration was quite simple thanks to the vibrant Kodachrome color.  A couple of age spots needed touched up and a bit more detail helped.



Clouds  This film photograph was taken through an airliner window flying at around FL 300.  We had just topped this squall line of thunderstorms somewhere over the Midwest.  This photo is also the first of hopefully many in my new Film Series.  These film images, mostly slides, were taken by various film cameras before I switched to digital.  Now, I am scanning them into digital format and restoring them, if necessary.  This clouds image did not require much restoration.