Classic cameras › Minolta XD-7
The Minolta XD-7 (known as the XD-11 in some markets) was launched in 1977, and it holds a special place in the history of 35mm photography: it was the world's first camera to offer multiple automatic exposure modes. If you wanted an automatic exposure camera before the XD-7 you had to make choice: did you want shutter speed priority, or aperture priority, operation. The XD-7 removed the need to make that choice as it offered both. This was still fairly early on in the history of automatic 35mm SLR cameras, and Minolta felt that the kind of photography enthusiast willing to spend top dollar on a top-of-the-range machine like this wouldn't trust a fully automatic programmed mode (Minolta fans would have to wait another 5 years for the introduction of the X-700 model in 1982 for that!)
The XD-7 included a full list of features, including a full information viewfinder, multiple-exposure facility, depth-of-field preview, self-timer, interchangeable focussing screens and exposure compensation of +/- 2 stop. All though this was the top of Minolta's consumer range, there were a few features you still had to spring for the Professional Minolta XK to get, such as the ability to take a 5fps motor drive (though the XD-7 could take a 2fps unit.
This example if shown with an early MD 50mm f1.4 lens. Later in the XD-7 period of production Minolta switched to a harder leatherette body covering. The softer leatherette on early models usual exhibit the shrinkage you can see on this example, but otherwise it is in very nice condition.