Minolta XG-9 35mm SLR Camera


The Minolta XG-9 35 mm SLR Camera was first produced around 1979. It takes regular 35mm film and is incredibly easy to handle. I took it with me to a trip to Ireland and it took fantastic pictures. I will add those pics in a later post.

357 / 303 / EPX 76 Batteries

I installed two (2) –  357/303 Energizer batteries that are each 1.55 V. I was able to buy the batteries at Walgreens so it should not be much trouble to find them. I believe you can also find them at Radio Shack under the number EPX76 and on Amazon at this link Energizer Silver Oxide Watch/Electronic Battery 357. These work with the Automatic setting pretty well as most of my shots taken with it came out great. Although since you are using an older camera and getting away from the digital I’m not sure how much you would want to rely on  it. Once the batteries are installed you can turn the camera to the on position and you will be able to crank the advanced level forward.


Looking through the viewfinder you can see the light meter and all the shutter speeds lined up on the right side.  If you are in Auto mode the red dots will light up on the right side of the shutter speed it thinks you will need on the aperture that you have set. you just need to lightly press on the shutter button for the lights to come on. If the red light reads at about 60 or less then I would worry about having blurry pictures and having to place the camera on a stable surface.

I took this camera to a concert and it was amazing. I took some long exposure shots, just while holding the camera up in the air and they still came out pretty well.In all I think that this is a pretty great camera and it is very portable for everyday use. Below is a selection of some of the pictures I was able to take with it. Hope you enjoy

Pictures taken with an MG-9 Minolta






  1. Lijana Apanaviciute May 30, 2017

    Hey. What sort of film did you use?pictures look great

    • Adriana May 30, 2017

      Oh jeez, these pics are quite old. I don’t quite remember the film, but it was nothing really special. I was either Fujifilm 200 or Lomography 100 film.

  2. WOW!!

  3. Lyle A July 21, 2015

    I work at a school and they were doing summer cleaning and were going to throw away a vintage Minolta x9 .I grabbed it.Back in the early 70s I had a Praticka and then a Argus so maybe I’ll try old school photos again.lol

    • Adriana July 21, 2015

      That sounds great!

      • Lyle A July 21, 2015

        Now a days its all camera phones…I guess I’ll be like MJF and back to the future.lol I love vintage hopefully its functional.

  4. Kimberly Bonham January 22, 2013

    Just stumbled upon your blog. My Dad is giving me a Minolta XGA camera.
    How do you like it? Does it take good quality photos?

    • Sonya650 January 22, 2013

      I personally don’t think I have used an XG-A, but I have used the XG-9 and XG-1. I believe that the XG lines of Minoltas are excellent and take fantastic photos. I have had the photos blown up to 16×20″ canvas and they still look very nice. If you have some zoom lens it makes it even better!


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