This was my very first SLR camera.

so it will always have a special places in my heart.

It’s a “Standard” silver SLR design, which I really like. And this one is not an exception, it feels good and like most other SLR’s fits perfectly in your hand.

Again like most other SLR, the build quality is good.

I do think that these XG series Minolta’s have a weak spot with the shutter, it’s as far as I can find out, an electronic shutter and it does feel a little weak. But because it’s electronic you don’t have to press it halfway down to get a light reading, you just lay you finger gently on the shutter, and that’s cool.

Another cool thing about these old SLR’s – not just the XG2 – is that they came with a pretty good kit lens. The XG2 came with a 50mm f:2.0.

It has an electronic lightmeter.

So you can put it in “auto”, which makes the handling is pretty easy. all though it still has manual focus.

I bought my in 1996, from a friend

Can’t remember the price. But you can get the body for around $30 on eBay these days. Which is a fair price I think.

Unfortunately mine is broken.

Not sure what’s wrong it just stopped working for one moment to the other. I think it’s the shutter, but I’m not sure.

I was thinking of getting it fixed, but wasn’t sure if it’s worth it. And now that I got hold of a XG 9, I might just build it into a lamp, saw this tutorial on how to make old SLR camera’s into lamps – see the tutorial here.


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My first SLR
  • 75%
    Design - 75%
  • 60%
    Quality - 60%
  • 70%
    Handling - 70%
  • 70%
    Price - 70%
  • 75%
    Awesomeness - 75%



  • SLR
  • Great build
  • Changeable lenses
  • Uses batteries for the lightmeter
  • Focusing Screen


  • Weak shutter

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