I got the Minolta Autopak-8 K11 in the mail today, and I'm a little underwhelmed. The camera is in okay shape; it runs—which is a major plus considering all the lemons I've sampled lately. I think it's been dropped or bumped. The optics seem just a tad off—mostly noticeable in low-light areas, but it appears to be okay in daylight. The automatic zoom is busted (the motor whirrs, but I suspect the lens housing is bent), and it's missing the manual focus lever.
At this point, I need to start shooting film, otherwise my wife will shoot me for wasting money on junk! Thrift stores are always an option—but like I said: needle/haystack.
I've just purchased two cartridges of Kodak Tri-X Black & White Reversal super-8 film from BHphotovideo for $22/roll. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until Wednesday of next week to test some footage, and then it will take a week or so to process it. This is going to take some time, but it will be worth it.
In the meantime, I'm reacquainting myself with film itself. I dug out my trusty old Vivitar 35mm SLR camera. This sucker is old but still trustworthy. It has a k-mount lens with a 50mm f2.0 lens on it. I paid $10 this hefty metal bodied camera at the thrift store 22 years ago and it still works like a charm. Yesterday, I bought a four pack of Fuji 400 24 exposure film from Walmart for $12. It's a tad more than the 200 speed film which runs at $9 for a four-pack, but I really want to test some low light stuff.
In the end, Ithink that's why I'm a little disappointed in the Minolta. It doesn't perform nearly as well as the Leicina Super in terms of optics and low-light. If only the Leicina Super worked!!
Oh well. Tests soon. I'm continuing to write, and I even have a short in mind.