I bought the Contax G1 recently. The Minolty X700 too but as I wrote in the first challenge blog article: The X700 was the first (serious) camera I used and the one I used longer than any other camera (may be except for the Hasselblad 500CM).
My first camera was a Minolta X700 and I bought new from my saved money when I was 15 years young. It is probably the camera I used much longer then any other camera I owe or owed. What´s more – for more than 15 years it was also the only camera I used.