The Minolta XK | XM SLR
Basic Camera Operations: Part I (Main Reference Map)


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Minolta XK (Model name used for US market, it is generally referred as "Minolta XM" for the rest of the world, while in Australia/New Zealand was called "X-1" Credit: Satosh Oka) is a wide-scope electronic system camera that accepts all Minolta SLR lenses and accessories as well as XK interchangeable finders and focusing screens. It is engineered and built to give you greatest precision; easiest, most convenient operation; and maximum versatility. It gives full information and offers complete control of all camera exposure variables. In automatic operation, the XK will adjust exposure with utmost accuracy electronically, freeing you for more enjoyment or greater creativity.

Minolta XK grand view by Brian Balogh, Canada Credit: Image(s) courtesy of Brian Balogh® from
Brian's Camera Shop (formerly Fotoworks) 674 Elgin Street Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3B4 Canada (905)868-8256-phoneImage copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

Before using your camera for the first time, study this manual carefully all the way through - or at least all the sections needed to cover your own photographic needs. As you read, assemble the screen, finder, lens, and body as described on the few chapters found in this site such as load batteries, and handle your XK and acquaint yourself with its parts and features. Then load it with film and proceed to actual picture-taking. In this way, you can take good photos and begin to realize the great potential of your XK right from the start. A big portion of this site is constructed base on the operational manual of the XK camera to ensure accurate information and instructions for user's daily operations and maintenance of this camera with distinctively high collective value.

This page may take a while for all the images to download for the first time, with the cache stored in your browser's cache folder, then it will be easier the next time. But I would strongly suggest you to download a copy of this page for your future reference (Less strain on my limited bandwidth server..sorry.).

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* Additional info on XK | XM Motor -Satosh Oka, Japan

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Basic Camera Operations XK/XM/X-1: 5 Parts
Specification for XK/XM/X-1:
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Main Reference Map for XK/XM/X-1:
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Additional info on
XK | XM Motor - by Satosh Oka
More images on XK Motor By : Stephen Schwartz (New)
1974-1975
XK USA fold-out Product brochure in HTML files
and a huge
PDF (1.3MB) copy. Contributed by : Mark Wasmer

Some fabulous views of the Internal Structures that made up of a Minolta XM by Gino Mancini (New);Three great images of a Minolta XM/XM Motor scanned by Hervé Prigent of France (New)

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Credit: Satosh Oka for his superp imagery of the XK Motor and XD-7; ® Stephen Schwartz, for his images of the XK Motor appearing in this site. Mark Wasmer, for his collection of the original marketing brochure. Oleg Volk, who has given me some help; Dick Sullivan whom I had used some references in his site; Hervé Prigent <hprigent@mac.com>of France for his great scanned images from brochure of Minolta XM/XM Motor; Gino Mancini <Gino@mancini99.freeserve.co.uk> for his images of the internal structure of the XM; CYLeow ® , photo editor of the Star newspaper, Malaysia, Mr Poon from Poon photo for their input on Minolta older SLR bodies. Minolta, XD-7, XK, XM, X1, Rokkor, MC lenses are either registered tradenames or trade mark of Milnolta Optical Co. Ltd, Japan. A site dedicted to all Minolta fans worldwide. Made with an Imac.