Tagged: Minolta

Minolta 16 – week 26 results

I have to amend my original post. Since then I’ve added a Minox to the collection, and it is substantially smaller.

With that said, the Minolta 16 is a fun shoot. Small wheels on the end of the case adjust exposure and shutter speed. They are easily jiggled and must be checked before each shot. Closing and opening the case advances the film to the next frame, but there is no stop. If you close the camera again without exposing it, you lose the frame.

I carried it in my pocket to a horse show at the Big E and on a field trip to Providence.






Week 26 – Minolta 16

Bond, James Bond. . .

The Minolta 16 is a classic “spy camera.” Although Q Branch issued Minoxes, the average person could not tell one apart from this. My 16 is a collapsible camera with a 22mm fixed focus lens. It folds smaller than a pack of cards and easily fits in a pocket. Small wheels on one end adjust aperture and shutter speed, and there is no meter. It uses Minolta 16mm cartridges which are still available via the Internet, and they can be reloaded with skill and patience. Each cartridge holds 20 exposures. Opening and closing the camera body automatically advances the film. Mine appears to date from around 1960.

I loaded up a cartridge of 200 ASA color and took it to the MA Morgan Horse Show. . .


Camera Wiki


As is often the case, it was an $8.00 eBay find.


Week 24 Results – Minolta 600si

I confess I was lazy this week, shooting mostly in full automatic mode with a bit of aperture priority when I was working with depth of field.

The 600si is a tank of a camera. I haven’t weighed it, but it just feels heavy in spite of its mostly plastic construction. Occasionally it would refuse to focus, but I chalked that up to the dodgy lens. Repeating the attempt always fixed the problem.

I shot a roll of Portra pushed two stops. I did this in order to shoot at the New York State Museum without a flash. It’s an incredible place. My primary attraction was the Fire Engine Hall, which contains the only known surviving Ahrens-Fox from New York City. It also showcases many of the major historic manufacturers who were headquartered in New York State.

The Fire Engine Hall is located next to Metropolis Hall. What would you expect where fire engines intersect with Metropolis?


It’s a shocking sight to the unsuspecting. This is not a model or a replica. Engine 6 was one of the first engines at the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. Seven members responded that morning; only three returned. I can stand in reverent silence here all day.

Around the corner on the edge of the Fire Engine Hall stands this memorial. Though lesser known and a late addition to the 9/11 exhibit, Ambulance 485 also suffered tragedy that day. Two paramedics responded, one returned. The ambulance survived in service although it still bears the scuffs and scars of that day.

In the Hall itself, this American LaFrance is a lost ancestor of the modern fire engine. The JO/JOX series were built immediately prior to WWII and showed the first steps between the classic styles of the 1930s and the more ergonomic designs of the 1950s. Production was interrupted by the war, and the more advanced 700 Series replaced them when production resumed in the late 1940s.

The Hall is difficult to shoot without a tripod. The walls and backgrounds are flat black. Even at 1600 ASA, shutter speeds were slow and depth of field short.


The museum is more than just fire engines. Make sure you see and ride the antique carousel upstairs.

For the end of the roll, we left the museum. This is Saffron, one of our current foster kitties. She and her two sisters are looking for the right Forever Home.

Lower Zone, a closeup from a demonstrator that visited the firehouse last week.

If you have the chance to pick up a Minolta 600si, I highly recommend it. If you are anywhere near Albany, take an hour or two at the museum. It’s free. You won’t regret it.


52 Cameras – Week 23 results – Minolta XG9

As this project progresses, I begin to wonder how professional reviewers do their jobs.

“It was a nice enough car, but it was silver. I prefer blue ones.”

“It was, um, a movie. Some people got shot, stuff blew up. The gratuitous sex scene was pretty good. Go see it if it's raining today.”

I love most of my cameras. There are a very few strong favorites, and I've had a bad experience or two. For the most part, I enjoy their quirks. Sometimes I feel like I'm running out of different things to say, though.

The XG9 is a nice little SLR. It seems lighter than most. Shooting was easy with the aperture priority automation. The automatic metering when you touch the shutter button is neat. I didn't try any manual shots, but I did force a stop of overexposure here and there to account for backlighting.

I can say that this was the first E6 film I've shot in a while, and the first that I did not cross-process in even longer. I'm very happy with the results from Fuji's Velvia 50. I just love the colors!






52 Cameras – Week 24 -Minolta 600si


The Minolta 600si is an autofocus SLR from 1995. Its primary claim to fame is its interface, which uses knobs and buttons for all of its functions. There are no Mode buttons or softkeys involved. It was marketed as a modern electronic camera for those who like older style cameras.

Mine was an eBay bargain find after hearing it mentioned on the Film Photography Podcast. It came as a body only. I purchased a bargain-grade 28-80 zoom from a broker, only to discover that it will not zoom beyond 50mm. I should be upset, but for what I paid I'm happy with what I got.

I loaded it with Kodak Portra, pushed it to 1600ASA, and took it on a trip to the New York State Museum this week.


Camera wiki



52 Cameras – Week 23 – Minolta XG9

I'm in an SLR mood this week. The Minolta XG9 was introduced in 1979. It is a manual focus, aperture priority camera with a manual override mode. Interestingly, the meter does not function in the manual mode. The shutter is electronic and will not function without batteries.

One interesting feature is the metering. Simply touching the shutter button causes LEDs to light in the viewfinder displaying the selected shutter speed.

My example is a $10.50 eBay impulse buy which came with a 45mm f/2 prime lens. I've belatedly loaded it with July's #FeaturedFilm, Fuji Velvia 50.


The Minolta XG series at Camera Wiki.

In-depth article on the XG series at the Rokkor Files.

Manual from Mike Butkus

and the eBay link.


52 Cameras – Week 19 results – Minolta 110 Zoom SLR

This camera was loads of fun, with a few quirks. Exposure is automatic based on the selected aperture. If the shutter speed is out of range, an LED triangle lights in the finder pointing in the proper direction to turn the exposure wheel to correct. If the shot is acceptable, no feedback is provided.


This disturbed me slightly, as there is no way to ensure that the batteries are functioning properly. A quick scan through the manual, however, revealed that the mirror will lock up and the shutter will not fire if voltage is too low. (This can be overridden in the X mode for fixed speed/variable aperture shooting with no batteries.)


Manual focus was smooth, and the zoom worked fine. I prefer a split-image focusing screen over the micro prism style, but I managed. The single stroke film advance lever added to the fun snapshot feel that goes along with many 110 cameras. As I was shooting 400 speed film in good light, there was not much opportunity to experiment with depth of field.


I'm very happy with the results.

Horse Show Zamboni

1948 Seagrave

The sign says it protected the Bush compound in Kennebunkport until 1990.

Bunkhouse. The centerpiece of the Deerfield Fairgrounds was built as a dormitory for the Pawtuckaway CCC camp during the Depression.

Who says water & electricity don't mix?



52 Cameras – Week 19 – Minolta 110 Zoom SLR

I have an oddity this week, a Single Lens Reflex camera using 110 cartridge subminiature film. The Minolta 110 Zoom SLR (Mark I) was introduced in 1976. It is an odd-looking little pancake of a camera with a 25-50mm f4.5 zoom lens. Focus is manual with a micro prism finder spot. Exposure is aperture priority with a wheel located around the light meter to the right of the lens. LED indicators inside the viewfinder indicate whether the wheel should be rotated left or right to obtain proper exposure. Shutter speed ranges from 1/50 to 1/1000 and is automatically varied to match the selected aperture.

Shutter speed can be manually set to a fixed 1/150 by rotating the selector to X (for flash sync) or to B; otherwise it is set automatically and there is no way to know what the camera has selected. Film advance is via a single-stroke lever on the bottom of the camera. There is a hot shoe for electronic flash and a tripod socket on the left side of the body for portrait-only orientation.

As with many of my cameras, i dont remeber exactly why I bought it. It simply struck my fancy one day on eBay. I've loaded a roll of rare Fukkatsu 400 color film and set off for the long weekend with it.


Camera Wiki has a good article on both this camera and its Mark II sibling.

I actually have a paper manual for this one, but you can see the electronic version courtesy of Mike Butkus.


52 Cameras – Week 17 – Minolta SRT200

The Minolta SRT200 was a 35mm single lens reflex camera introduced in 1975. It features a 1/1000 shutter. Mine has a 50mm f2 lens. The layout is fairly standard SLR with a knob near the winding lever for shutter speed and aperture controlled by a ring on the lens. It features a match needle meter inside the viewfinder; adjusting speed and/or aperture moves a ring to align with a needle from the light meter.

Its most unusual feature is a small knob on the bottom of the camera to turn the meter on and off.

I've loaded mine with 36 exposures of HP5, and I'm headed out for a photo walk with the Greater Boston Analog and Film Photography Group tomorrow.


52 Cameras – Week 15 results – Minolta 16MG

More light leaks!!!

These particular leaks I understand. My 16MG has a hole in its back. It’s the size and shape of a “red window” hole, but this camera isn’t suposed to have one. I’m not sure why it is there. I’ve covered it with tape, but my first attempt was not fully light resistant.


Shooting with the 16MG was nice, subject to the quirks of an old camera. The lens cover must be fully retracted to release the shutter. On a few occasions I had to wiggle it before I could take the shot. The meter seems to work well, and the film advance is via a large thumb wheel which turns approximately 1/4 turn per frame. A red bar advances within the wheel to indicate film progress. It makes for a cool effect.

The combination aperture/shutter speed control means it is virtually impossible to know exactly what the camera is doing for any given shot, but this was never intended to be a profesisonal device. The exposure will work for snapshots, and that’s all you really need to know.


This bridge and statue should look familiar, as they are favorite subjects.