Minolta 110 Zoom SLR

Manufactured around 1976 by Minolta Camera Co. Ltd. The 110 Zoom SLR was the first SLR for the 110 film format and the second with a zoom lens. It has fully-automatic, aperture-priority exposure. The fixed mount lens was a 25 - 50mm (f4.5-16.0) with close-focusing capability (focusing to 11 inches). It supported shutter speeds of 10 seconds through 1/1000 and “X” (1/150) and B settings. A Cds meter (not through-the-lens) provided exposure control. There are no manual settings of the shutter, except for B and X. LED's in viewfinder warn of over- and under-exposure, and low battery power. Built-in lock on the shutter release, a tripod socket, hot shoe, battery check, pop-out lens shade and cable release thread connector were also provided. It used 100 and 400 speed film. Unlike other 110 cameras, the camera does not use the film perforations to cock the shutter. And since the camera has an exposure compensation dial, films other than 100 and 400 can be used -- and correctly exposed from ISO 25 to ISO 1600 (yes, Kodak did put Kodachrome 64 in 110 cartridges for a while and this camera would produce beautiful—yet small—slides…). The camera is very famous for it’s very sharp images thanks to the larger than normal, all glass, fully engineered lens. It uses two A76 batteries for power.


See also: www.subclub.org/shop/min110.htm


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Taken on September 10, 2006