I have a bad case of GAS which I can't seem to shake. I use my two 35mm film cameras regularly, but I want to try a point-n-soot like the Olympus Trip 35 or Canonet QL17 GII. But in 2020, I fell in love with what James Tocchio wrote about the Minolta CLE and M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 lens.

I have a lot of questions swirling around my head. Should (I don't like shoulds) I ignore my budget and buy what will be a costly camera and lens? Or should I sell off all my other Minolta gear and put the cash toward the new kit? Or be happy with what I have?

The Minolta M Rokkor 40mm F2 is a very popular lens. They are selling on eBay for more than $380. It’s the only 40mm lens that Minolta has ever made, and I love the field of view of the 40mm focal length. The CLE can rarely be found on eBay for less than $700. A working body and lens combination can sell on eBay for upwards of US$1699.

I think that it’s ridiculous that an old used 35mm film camera can sell on eBay for money than a brand new top-of-the-line camera from Sony or Nikon.

But I want one.

Author: Khürt Williams

A human who works in information security and enjoys photography, Formula 1 and craft ale.

4 thoughts on “GAS”

  1. NigelH says:

    I know the feeling. Try to consider whether the CLE will help you take better pictures. What does the CLE have that your other options don't? If you sell all your gear and buy this will you then miss your (lost) gear? Can you rent one and see if you actually like it?
    Ultimately the camera you are likely to enjoy using and fits with your way of shooting is a good investment as in the end; this is a hobby to enjoy!

    1. I doubt the CLE will help me take better photos. 🙂 But it could be more enjoyable to use. It’s compact and lightweight, and the 40mm lens is excellent. When a tool is a joy to use, it can add to the pleasure of the hobby.

      Unfortunately, since no one makes film cameras anymore, the existing stock of film camera rentals is limited. Where can I rent 35mm film cameras produced in the 1980s rentals?

      1. NigelH says:

        try share grid or fat llama

        1. That first sentence had a typo. It was supposed to be, I doubt the CLE will help me take better photos. 🙂

          I signed up for Fat Llama and Share Grid. No luck so far.

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