MINOLTA XK 35MM CAMERA
In 1974 Minolta Camera Corp released, in the USA, a high end professional level 35mm film camera. It was designed to compete with high end cameras from Canon and Nikon. The XK was considered a “SYSTEMS” camera with a complete series of lenses and accessories.
The XK has interchangeable finders and focusing screens. Also, a electronically controlled shutter with speeds of 16 to 1/2000 seconds with the AE finder. The shutter speed can also be infinitely varied between 4 to 1/2000 seconds using a small lever located below the shutter speed dial.
In 2003 Minolta merged with Konica to form Konica Minolta.
Sadly, In January 2006, Konica Minolta announced it would no longer manufacture cameras and other photographic accessories such as film. This ended a nearly 78 year history of camera manufacture.
Eventually, Konica Minolta sold its SLR camera business to Sony.