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Saturday
Sep132008

Meet My Minolta Manual Focus Film SLR's

I thought it was time I properly introduced my two old Manual Focus Minolta Film SLR's that I've bought at the local car boot sale over the last couple of months.

Why bother with a Film SLR? Because there's nothing quite like the fact that you've only got 24 exposures, and its going to cost you £8 to get them printed, to focus your concentration on getting your composition and light correct - unlike a digital where you can happily snap hundreds of photos for no real cost.









So the cameras you see in the video are the SRT 101 - a fully manual, tank of a camera, that is worth buying but just be aware that you can't buy the exact batteries anymore and have to make a few mods.

My favourite is the lighter X-300s, which offers aperture priority shooting as well as fully manual, and this is the one I'll be carrying in my camera bag along-side my digital Fujifilm S5700.

Where to buy? I'd search your local car boot or garage sales or eBay - hold out for a really nice one with preferably a bag and selection of lenses. I got each of mine for less than a tenner, and I love 'em.

Here's my post on the first shots out of the SRT 101.

Thanks, Rob.

Reader Comments (4)

Cool. I have the fully manual Minolta SRT100X, with a few lenses. My father "lend" it to me about 20-25 years ago, and it spurred the beginning of my interest in photography. I still have it, and have some BW-film in it. It's a pleasant to use camera. Really large viewfinder, slightly bigger than my 1Ds3 even. Cool video. Very well executed. The angle of view is especially interesting.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndreas Øverland

Thanks Andreas! I think a lot of people only think about Canon and Nikon, and miss the second hand Minolta bargains - after all Minolta were the dominent SLR maker from the '60s to the '80s, making some fabulous cameras.

September 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Excellent video Rob. Coming from film to digital has given me the basics and I find I use my digital in aperture priority and manual modes most of the time, giving far more flexibility and control over the final images. I still even use my old lightmeter for ambient readings rather than relying on the digitals direct/reflected which helps a lot in tricky lighting situations. You're right in that the limitations imposed by older cameras forces you to take stock of your photography skills and understanding.

You couldn't do worse than buying a cheap film SLR and a couple of rolls of film for a greater learning experience of photography.

(I still know people with top of the range Can/Nik(ons) dslrs that don't venture far from 'auto' and wonder why their expensive purchase hasn't improved theri photography!)

Well done again.

Victor

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVictorW69

You're right Victor, I think if someone spent £50 on a second hand Film SLR, some film and developing, tt would teach them so much about photography. -

Exposure, depth of field, composition, etc, and it would be the best £50 they'd ever spend in terms of phtographic training.

Cheers, Rob.

September 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

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