Flickrfan: Minolta A

January 4, 2010

Minolta A, flickrfan, camera, minolta, minolta a, 1955, rangefinder, cute, gear geek,photo by Voxphoto on FlickrFan Stan's site licensed under Creative Commons

Photographed by Voxphoto

Okay, this camera is *almost* as cute as the Yashica 44. . .

This was an interesting moment when Japanese camera companies began breaking away from imitating German models, and started innovating with their own ideas. What’s more, they were able to produce popular models at a price that spelled the death knell for American camera makers.

This model sold for about $50 when new–a bit less than the price of the chunky, by-then-obsolete Argus C-3. Argus had introduced its C-4 by this time, at a street price of about $70; yet this Minolta scored a few points even in comparison there, like the rapid wind lever, PC sync connection, and greater range of shutter speeds.

This one has sticky leaf-shutter blades, so it’s going to take a little work before it’s ready to shoot with.

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