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. 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 collector should own, […]

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Minolta Dynax 300si 35mm slr

The Minolta 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. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. My Camera I picked up my copy of the 300si […]

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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. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. My Camera I bought my example of the Minolta 16 for about £5 and purchased it only to add to my growing collection of Minolta 16mm format cameras. It was on eBay with an opening bid of £4.99 and since no one else placed a bid […]

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Minolta 16 MG miniature 16mm camera

The Minolta 16MG 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. My Camera This camera was bought simply to add to the 16mm miniature cameras I own and because it was very cheap. A paid […]

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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. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. My 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 […]

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Minolta 16 Ps sub miniature viewfinder camera

The Minolta 16Ps 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 16Ps was introduced in 1965. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. My Camera I bought this camera because it came up as I was browsing cameras on eBay and I’d never seen a Minolta 16mm film […]

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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 many ways normality reigned. 2016 Finds The year started with me feeling as though I’d found an old friend when I picked up this Olympus OM-20 with it’s prime […]

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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. My Camera I decided to look out for a Dynax 800si after I picked up the model below it, the 700si, a few weeks ago. I was […]

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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. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. 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 […]

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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. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. I took the pictures at a variety of locations including a party at my Sister’s house and Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire. The results shown above are […]

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Minolta Dynax 7xi 35mm autofocus slr

The Minolta Dynax 7xi is a high grade, 35mm autofocus camera made by Minolta in the early 1990s. At the time it was the model below the top camera that Minolta made – only the 9xi was above it in the line up. The pictures in this gallery can also be viewed full sized here. My Camera I bought this camera as part of a job lot of 7 Minolta Dynax film cameras for a total of £25 including postage. […]

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Minolta Dynax 700si autofocus camera

The Minolta Dynax 700si is a high spec 35mm autofocus camera made for pro or serious amateur photographers by Minolta in about 1993. These pictures can be viewed full size here. My Camera I bought this camera as part of a job lot of Minolta Dynax cameras, and in fact I originally bought the set because of another camera in the lot. I paid £25 for 7 Dynax bodies, and the particular camera that took my eye was a Dynax […]

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Minolta X-700 sample pictures.

A few weeks ago I published a review of the Minolta X-700 35mm slr and in this follow up post I’m going to publish the pictures from the first film I’ve run through the camera. I loaded the camera with a reel of Kodak Colorplus 200 film and took it about with me for a few days whilst I went to Loughborough in Leicestershire and Reading in Berkshire. All these pictures were taken using the standard 50mm f/1.7 kit lens […]

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Minolta XG-M capacitor replacement

About a year ago I bought a Minolta XG-M 35mm film camera kit from an auction on eBay. The kit consisted of the camera itself, the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 standard lens which was supplied with the camera when new, a Vivitar 28-85mm zoom and I think there was also a cheap Vivitar electronic flash in the case as well. Since I paid only about £10 for the complete kit I was happy just to receive the 50mm standard lens; all […]

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