Friday, September 23, 2011

The User’s Review: Konica Auto-Reflex Full and Hall Frame SLR Camera, released in 1966

It's big, heavy and loudly, but unique for its full and half frame switch whenever you want. To my knowledge, the Auto-Reflex is one of the three camera models that can take full and half frames. The other cameras are Konica IIIm, a rangefinder, and Canon's Multi Tele, a point-and-shoot.

The removable 'cold' shoe

The light window on the right side of the 'roof'allows light to show the aperture settings in the viewfinder. 

The full and half frame switch

The full and half frames

The meter and meter window

A long shutter release is a obverse feature of Auto-Reflex

The meter switch and battery check

Two versions of battery cover. The top one was found on a camera with a higher SN.

Two versions of top cover of the case. I believe that the version on the left  was designed for Autoreflex P with the light meter III.

Three versions of bottom of the case: the top two are different from the bottom one, and the top one has a metal core inside that is much heavier than the others. I think, the bottom one was designed for Auto-reflex P without the meter/battery check switch. 

All versions of case have a label at bottom, showing how to switch between full and half frames. The bottom piece with a camera also can be screwed onto a tripod.

In the States, Konica Auto-Reflex was sold with f1.4 or f1.8 lens in two kinds of kits.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The User's Review: Minolta Maxxum AF Zoom 80-200 mm 1: 4.5 (22) - 5.6 With a Built-In Front Cap

I saw at least 3 lens models with built-in cap from Minolta. Another of them is on my Maxxum 7000i.

 A46mm filter can be screwed on in front of the built-in cap. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The User's Review: Minolta Maxxum 7000i SLR Camera with Program Cards

The lens has a built-in lens cap. This lens is one of two such zoom lens with a built-in lens cap from Minolta.

A large and tilted LCD is located right behind the shutter release button.

The bottom hard plate of the case adds not only extra protection but also an eyelet for hand strap .

An expansion card can be inserted into the side door with a window for the card.

In the side door, a program card can be inserted to set up the camera. The film door is easy to install or remove too.

This flash model was released with the Maxxum 7000i