I have a couple of 35mm SLR's from the 1980's and wonder how suitable they might be for some simple film AP. Both have been packed away in a box for more than 25 years.
First camera is a Minolta XD-11. It is a multi-mode camera, with automatic exposure control as well as shutter priority, aperture priority or completely manual. The electronic controls no longer work, and nobody I've contacted can or will repair it. However, the bulb setting works manually (does not require battery power) and there is a "0" setting which I believe is 1/125 that also works without battery power. Since you don't need a light meter and control light with time and aperture, and a bulb setting for time exposures, would it work for AP? If so, is there a Minolta T-ring available for the bayonet mount?
Second is a Canon AE-1 Program. Auto exposure and shutter priority, plus manual. It has no battery, and I'm assuming it worked when it was packed up; it was my Stepdad's camera. I still have the operator's manual for it, but it doesn't say whether the shutter release is all electronic or if there is a mechanical release component. I can't make it work on bulb setting, (no battery), so I assume it's an electronic only release. I have a battery ordered, so I'll see if the camera works when the battery arrives. Does the bayonet mount on this camera differ from newer DSLR cameras? Would a T-ring for modern cameras fit it?
Which would be the better bet to try? Obviously, the Minolta would work now, but assuming I can get the Canon functional...?
What film would be best to try? ASA 100 or ASA 400 print film, or should I try a color transparency (slide) film like Ektachrome 25, or Kodachrome 64? I realize the exposure times would need to be significantly longer for the slower film, but which would give better color renditions and resolution? Kodachrome was always a 'warmer' film than Ektachrome, the reds were better. Been a loooong time since I shot film.