The River Avon at Stratford-on-Avon

This is a picture of the River Avon in the town of Stratford-on-Avon, which I took quite a while ago when we were on holiday in Warwickshire. It is one of the pictures which I’ve not published before as an individual picture, but when I looked at it again today I decided I liked it enough to give it it’s own post. I remember I took it with a Minolta 505 Si Super 35mm autofocus camera and I think the […]

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Minolta Dynax 5000i

The Minolta Dynax 5000i SLR camera was produced by Minolta in Japan in the late 1980s as part of their second generation of auto focus, 35mm cameras. It was a mid range model in terms of feature set, although it was the entry level offering in their own camera range, sitting below the 7000i model. My Minolta Dynax 5000i Camera I actually bought my copy of the Minolta Dynax 5000i quite a while ago as part of a collection of […]

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Lemonade bottle after a shower

I’m continuing my archiving of photos to recover disk space, and I came upon this picture of a lemonade bottle sitting on a table which had been caught in a shower. It was taken on Fuji Superia 400 film (which I believe is being discontinued this year) using a Minolta 505 Super si camera. This is actually another picture from the ones I took on a visit to Snowshill manor but although it was included in those pictures, it hasn’t […]

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Snowshill manor on film

This is a picture which I took a couple of years ago of Snowshill manor in Gloucestershire on Fuji 400 Superia Xtra 400 film with a Minolta X-505 super camera. Although I’ve published a group of pictures from this location before, I was sorting through some images to decide which could be archived to save some disk space. and I was struck by how good this looked. There is a brightness and clarity in this image which I didn’t manage […]

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Minolta SRT101b 35mm slr

The Minolta SRT101b was a later version of the original SRT 101, which was introduced by Minolta in the mid 1960s. It is a 35mm single lens reflex camera with TTL metering, a good viewfinder and a solid reputation for quality. Minolta SRT101b Images My Minolta SRT101b Camera I paid £10:50 including postage for this camera in a ‘buy it now’ sale from eBay. I bought it because the SRT 101 is one of those iconic cameras which every camera […]

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Minolta Dynax 300si 35mm slr

The Minolta Dynax 300si 35mm autofocus slr was the entry level camera in the Minolta si series which culminated in the 800si.  Although it didn’t have many of the pro-level features of that camera, it was still a capable unit for family and holiday snapshots, as well as a good camera for anyone intending to grow into the more capable Minolta auto focus offerings. Minolta Dynax 300si Images My Minolta Dynax 300si Camera I picked up my copy of the […]

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Minolta 16 sub-miniature 16mm film camera

The Minolta 16 camera was one of the early sub-miniature cameras Minolta made which took their 16mm film cartridges and produced negatives of 10 x 14mm. Minolta 16 Images My Camera I bought my example of the camera for about £5 and purchased it only to add to my growing collection of 16mm format cameras. It was on eBay with an opening bid of £4.99 and since no one else placed a bid that is what I got it for. […]

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Minolta 16 MG miniature 16mm camera

The Minolta 16 MG is the third 16mm miniature camera from Minolta that I’ve acquired and this model sits between the 16Ps and the 16QT in terms of features. As with all the other cameras in the series it takes a small 16mm film cartridge and is tiny enough to carry about for easy snap shot use. Minolta 16 MG Images My Minolta 16 MG Camera This camera was bought simply to add to the 16mm miniature cameras I own […]

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Minolta 16 QT miniature 16mm camera

The Minolta 16 QT was the last model 16mm still camera that Minolta made in their Minolta 16 series. Like others in the series the 16QT takes a cartridge of 16mm film, but this camera produces a slightly larger negative than earlier cameras. Minolta 16 QT Images My Minolta 16 QT Camera I bought this camera as a direct result of buying my Minolta 16 Ps a few days before. Once I’d received the Minolta 16 I became fascinated with […]

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Minolta 16 Ps sub miniature camera

The Minolta 16 Ps is one of a series of cameras made by Minolta which took 16mm film cartriges and were small, lightweight but well made and able to produce good results. The range started with the Minolta 16 in 1960 and the Minolta 16Ps was introduced in 1965. Minolta 16 Ps Images My Minolta 16 Ps Camera I bought this camera because it came up as I was browsing cameras on eBay and I’d never seen a Minolta 16mm […]

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My top camera finds of 2016

It is customary at the end of the year to look forward to what you hope will happen in the coming year and look back on what happened in the last year. This year has been turbulent for many reasons, but from the point of view of collecting vintage cameras, in order to restore normality I’ve written about me top camera finds of 2016. 2016 Top camera finds The year started with me feeling as though I’d found an old […]

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Another positive film experience

A few weeks ago I tried shooting colour slide film for the first time in many years and was really impressed with the results. Well, last week we had a really bright sunny autumn day and I thought it would be great to try to capture some of the brilliant autumnal colours on slide film. These pictures can also be viewed in full size here. The film I used was Agfa CT Precisa 100 which I had loaded in my […]

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Minolta Dynax 800si 35mm autofocus camera

The Minolta Dynax 800si was the  top camera in the Minolta si series released in the late 1990s. It added additional very useful features to the Dynax 700si, which I described in an earlier post, such as additional user memory slots, and the ability to store picture metadata without add on memory cards. Minolta Dynax 800si Images My Minolta Dynax 800si Camera I decided to look out for a Minolta Dynax 800si after I picked up the model below it, the […]

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Elveden forest on film

Whilst we were recently at the Elveden Forest CenterParcs I took some pictures with a Minolta 800si camera which I’m preparing a review of and this post publishes the best of the images. Elveden Forest Pictures on Film I’m glad to say that these pictures have somewhat restored my faith in the sort of results possible with film. The last film I scanned, which was shot in Lincoln, was a bit disappointing because of the high grain and low colour […]

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Minolta Dynax 700si sample pictures

Over the last few weeks, since I got my Minolta Dynax 700si, I’ve been carrying it around with me to test it out and get some sample pictures. When we were on holiday in Lincolnshire recently I completed the film and yesterday I developed it so today I’m posting the Minolta Dynax 700si Sample pictures. Minolta Dynax 700si Sample Pictures I took the pictures at a variety of locations including a party at my Sister’s house and Gunby Hall in […]

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