4 April 2010

Minolta A5 rangefinder camera

Filed under: cameras, Minolta A5, rangefinder — Howard @ 8:00 am

Minolta A5 rangefinder camera | 3

First, apologies for the dust specks!

This camera dates from 1960 and is completely mechanical – there is no exposure meter and shutter speeds are driven by springs, cogs, and pulleys (I imagine).

For some reason Minolta did not use the ‘M’ logo much after this time, which is a shame. The ‘minolta 1000’ badge denotes the maximum shutter speed and distinguishes the camera from variants with a maximum speed of 1/500 s. Note also the Rokkor-TD f/2.8 45mm lens and the then name of the maker of Minolta cameras, Chiyoda Kogaku, just visible on the base of the lens.


Minolta A5 top plate

The top plate is quite simple. The exposure counter has to be manually reset with each new film, and the red plimsoll mark is quite endearing (an external mark of precision).

Pictures in another post, when they get back, as it were, from the chemist.



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