It was 12 o’clock last night, I was staring at my cameras. I do that a lot, okay? There were 3 cameras sitting on my desk, two Minolta SRT 101, and the Minolta XK. You may say I was bored, but some may say I am nuts. I started to think, “Well, I like the SRT. The 101’s ‘sound’ the best, but the best focusing screen ever is on the X700.” I decided could use one of the bodies sitting on my desk, and I just remembered that there’s a parts X700 somewhere in my closet. After lots of trial fittings, several hours of filing the screen by hand, the ‘SRX 101’ was born by the next evening.
Those focusing screens are very delicate, you pretty much can’t touch them at all or they will be scratched. I was able to get it done with minimal damage to the screen. The shutter speed indicator was another story. It went very fast once I made sense out of it. But making sense out of it took quite a while. Let’s just say I went to sleep and worked in between. As it stands right now, the focus is good, the shutter indicator is good, but the meter acts funny as if not enough light is getting through. By three stops. HELLOOO! Ironic? It’s just electrical and I am sure I will figure that out later. I got a feeling one of the metering cells on the prism is bad, the resistor at the bottom did nothing. I can live without it, but it would be cool if it would be functional so the camera is complete.
I tell you, this camera is BRIGHT! It would even be more of a joy to use because of that. To distinguish this camera from the other SRT101, i decided to paint the screw under the prism black, where they usually are red from the factory. I am still debating on the name. It would either be SRX 101 or SRT 101 Black Dot.