The Minolta XK | XM SLR
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You are looking probably at one of the most under-mentioned classic SLR of the seventies. May be its birth was a little untimely but it was almost a generation ahead some of its more well known competitions at the specific professional cameras market. The Minolta XK | XK motor ("XK" for US market, "XM", "XM Motor" for the rest of the world, also referred as "X-1" in Pacific Oceania market) was never positioned itself as it deserves to be where I thought this site can bring some justice to its status as a recognized modern classic of modern times.

Generally, the XK was Minolta's answer to the professional class bodies of
Nikon F2, Canon F-1 in 1971 and even the Olympuses of OM1(n) & OM2(n). It was designed from ground up as a full system camera, which include a new line of Rikkor-X lenses. It forms the basis for future Minolta's electronic cameras but more amazingly, in terms of technological advancement, I would rate this camera far ahead of any of any of the rivaling labels. Technical highlights include an AE prism for aperture priority AE, an electronically controlled titanium focal plane shutter, a meter-on sensor touch method, interchangeable finders, screens and a host of close-up and other system accessories. Some of the camera design concept where Minolta adopted for this camera were truly visionary - features like the "senswitch" auto meter on feature, AE exposure etc. it was never short of features that excite even a demanding camera enthusiast who may be considering to setup a full new system. In fact, the XK series can easily take on later competitions such as the Nikon F3 (1980), the Canon New F-1 (1981) as well as the Pentax LX of the '80 with many of its professional functions like the 4 interchangeable prisms (A unique Auto Electro Metered Prism, waist level, high magnification and a plain eye level Finder), 9 user interchangeable focusing screens, 250 bulk film back, a dedicated true motor drive capable of either single or moderate continuous speed of 3.5 fps for power film advance (Sold as a piece with the camera as "XK" or "XM Motor"); further, a host of system accessories designed around its modular camera body can cater for remote and unmanned photography. The camera also provide a generous shutter speed range of 1/2000 to full 16 sec and many other nifty features, great huh ? Lastly, it fittingly compatible with virtually all system accessories in the 35mm Minolta SLR optical system.

Minolta XK top view 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.
Just treat this site as a showcase. As the camera was not considered a huge success commercially so, the creation of this site may not even benefit too many visitors other than the curious surfers to find out what is the XK |XM all about - well, as long as you can digest something, my objective is reached.

Frankly, one just have to respect its creator who was behind the development of this marvelous professional-class system camera. Minolta was quite a camera manufacturer, at later stage, it that has brought the world first multimode
XD-7 (aperture and shutter priority AE) in 1976, the hugely successful X-700 MPS (Minolta's Program System) which was crowned as the 1st European Camera of the Year award in 1981 and eventually the camera that kicked started the autofocus revolution with the Maxxum 7000 class AF SLRs. This site is my tribute to the design and development team members of that various projects and dedicated to all the Minolta fans worldwide, wherever you are.

Minolta XK top view 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.
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Caller: IF you have a XD-7 / XD-11 | XK / XM models or any nice images relative to the camera or motor drive/winder/lenses set up, please mail me to make this site more complete. Appropriate credit will be given. I am quite 'dry" on the XK | XM Motor models and hopefully you can fill the vacuum I left here...

NEW: Minolta X-700 and Maxxum 7000 sites have been uploaded for preview !

Basic Camera Operations (instruction Manual) XK/XM/X-1: 5 Parts
Technical Specification for XK/XM/X-1: HTML | PDF
Main Reference Map/Nomencluture for XK/XM/X-1: HTML | PDF (250k)

A beautifuly constructed Minolta XK site by Antony Hands
Additional info on XK | XM Motor - by Satosh Oka
More images on XK Motor contributed by: Stephen Schwartz
Another two views of the Minolta XK
metered / standard prism by Martin Joergensen from Denmark.
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; Three great images of a Minolta XM/XM Motor scanned by Hervé Prigent of France | A good resource for Manuals for other Minolta SLRs/accessories - External Link

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Other Minolta (now Konica-Minolta) resources on the web:
Free Instruction Mannuals in PDF format downloads for:
Minolta X-370 (300) (2.9 MB) | Minolta X-570 (1.9 MB) | Minolta XG-1 (1.8 MB) | Minolta XG-7 (1.5 MB) | Minolta XG-A (1.8 MB) | Minolta XG-M (1.9 MB) | Minolta SR7 (1.5 MB) | Minolta SR-T (7.0 MB) | Minolta SR-T 102 (1.8 MB) | Minolta SR-T 200/201/202 (2.8 MB) | Minolta SR-T 303 (1.7 MB) | Other models & system accessories (USA) All works courtesy of Mr. Jim, lensinc. Ltd. Thank him, as these are not my effort.

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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 <>of France for his great scanned images from brochure of Minolta XM/XM Motor; Gino Mancini <> 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.